Hourly visiting care workers provide home care support for a number of service users. A typical day will see an hourly visiting care worker provide personal care, domestic assistance and companionship to a number of different people.
Visits last from 30 minutes to a few hours. Hourly visiting care workers are expected to travel around the town they work and so a full valid UK driving license and access to a car is essential.
As a visiting hourly care worker you will be expected to assist with your service user's personal care, such as help getting out of bed, support with continence care, washing and dressing; as well as help around their house, looking after things such as the housework and mealtime. You will also be expected to assist your user with their medication.
Another important part of your role is to provide good company for your customers'. You will become someone to talk to and someone to listen to and must treat your customers with dignity, patience and compassion at all times. Ideal Home Care Solutions currently provide hourly visiting care in Chelmsford, Clacton on Sea, Harwich & South Woodham Ferrers and all of the surrounding villages to these areas.
Qualifications & training
There are no specific qualifications or training necessary to qualify you for the role when you apply. An NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care would be desirable, but is not essential as successful candidates will begin a QCF level 2 Diploma in Health and Social care six months after starting with us. Obviously the more relevant qualifications you have, the better equipped you will be to succeed from day one.
Skills and experience
Previous care work experience is desirable, either in a formal setting or an informal environment such as caring for a family member, but this is not essential. However, if you don't have care experience you will need to demonstrate some customer service skills as a basis to build on.
You will need excellent communication skills; both verbal and written. One of the most important parts of the role is engaging with the customer; chatting, listening and maybe even helping them with their correspondence so your English language skills need to be first rate. Domestic assistance is an integral part of the job so housekeeping and cooking skills are necessary; having your own vehicle is a necessity as you will be travelling from visit to visit.
It takes a certain type of person to make a good care worker above all you have to be compassionate, caring and patient. You need to have empathy, integrity and resilience. You will have to be diligent, adaptable and reliable with a positive outlook and proactive attitude. Being chatty helps and being a good listener is a necessity.
If you feel you tick these boxes and are independent, fit and healthy, and keen to learn, then we look forward to hearing from you.
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