How To Become A Carer For The Elderly

Becoming a carer for the elderly is a rewarding and exceptional role to hold and Horizon Care Agency in Exeter are here to help you on your career path.

Learn more about the responsibilities, daily activities and qualifications needed to work in the field of caring. Do something worthwhile with your time and be a carer for those that often need it most with Horizon Care Agency.

Do I Have What It Takes to be a Carer in Exeter?

All of our carers come from all walks of life, some with experience and others without and all we ask from them is that they are compassionate, willing to learn and willing to care most of all.

Ask yourself these questions…

  • Are you a people person?
  • Are you able to care for others like they are your family?
  • Do you want to make a difference to someone’s life?

If you answer yes to all of the above, you sound perfect for one of our roles. Working with clients, their families and other key professionals you need to be a strong individual to deal with certain needs and care plans.

Carers usual daily plans consist of supporting the person in their care with whatever they may need. With the main focus of improving a person’s life and paying great attention to their specific needs, a carers daily tasks can involve a number of activities including washing, dressing, helping with day to day tasks and more.

A carer can often get to know a client personally, interacting with their families and other professionals which is not only rewarding for yourself but also has a positive impact on a person’s wellbeing.

Carer’s Qualifications Requirements

There aren’t specific qualifications you need to hold when you come to Horizon Care Agency in Exeter. We offer all of our carers chances to gain different levels of qualifications while part of our team including Health and Social Care Apprenticeships, Level 2 Health and Social Care, Level 3 Health and Social Care and more.

All training is provided through our professional team with induction programmes and certificates taken at your own pace and skill level. If you do have experience though, this is perfect as you can get right into the role right away and excel further in our senior roles.

As well as physical certifications, being a qualified carer involves so much more than just caring. A carer in our team needs to be passionate about changing another’s life and have the ability to help the elderly maintain their independence at home for as long as possible.

A typical day would start with helping the client out of the bedroom, bathing and dressing as well as other morning activities they may need assistance with. Next will be preparing and serving breakfast where you can really get to know your client’s tastes, favourite hobbies, and create a companionship and trust with them. Following on from this will be lunch, afternoon activity and then helping them into their beds again ready for the night sleep. (please note not all carers will follow this plan or carry out all of these tasks in one sitting).

What Skills Do I Need?

Good skills a carer will bring with them to Horizon Care Agency in Exeter will be compassion, care and a desire to improve another’s life and wellbeing. Although we are not asking for our carers to be counsellors, we do expect a degree of companionship to be created with all of your clients so that they are comfortable in your surroundings and care at all times.

Other skills include:

  • Patience
  • Understanding
  • Empathy
  • Agile
  • Compassion

Get in Touch

If you want to find out more about becoming a carer for the Elderly in Exeter, call Horizon Care Agency today on 01932 416 340. We have roles available for apprenticeships, enablers, support workers and senior support workers, so get in touch today!

 

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