Home Carer - Fife Wide
Home carers provide home care support for our clients. A typical day will see a home carer provide personal care, domestic assistance and companionship to a number of people.
Visits vary from 15 minutes to 24 hours, depending on the client’s needs. Home carers are expected to travel around their designated area; therefore a full valid UK driving license and access to a car would be preferred.
As a home carer you will be expected to assist your client with personal care, i.e getting out of bed, support with continence care, prompting medication, washing and dressing. As well as the personal aspects of the visits you may have to help around the house with general housework and preparation of meals.
Another important part of your role is to provide companionship for your client. You will become someone that will encourage your client to enter into conversation and listen to what they have to say. You must treat your clients with dignity, patience and compassion at all times.
Qualifications & training
An SVQ 2 in Health and Social Care would be desirable – but not compulsory as training will be given.
Elite Care at Home offers clients the highest standards of home care. In order to meet our clients’ varied needs, we provide a wide range of training opportunities to our carers.
All carers must complete the following core training modules:
- Full induction over 7 days
- Basic care practices
- Moving and handling
- Food hygiene
- First aid
- Health and safety
To meet the diverse requirements of our wide range of clients, we also provide and source more advanced courses such as:
- Parkinson’s Awareness
- Understanding MS
- Infection Control
- Dementia Training
- Palliative Care
- Rectal Drug Administration
- PEG Feeding
- SVQ 2/SVQ 3
- Other courses – please ask
Skills and experience
Previous care work experience is desirable. 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 aspects of the role is engaging with the clients; chatting, listening and maybe even helping them with their correspondence so your English language skills must be of an acceptable standard.
Domestic assistance is an integral part of the job so housekeeping and cooking skills are necessary; having your own vehicle would be preferred as you will be travelling from client to client.
It takes a certain type of person to make a great Carer; 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 essential. If you can tick these boxes and are independent, fit and healthy, and keen to learn, then you may be an Elite Care person.
As a small, privately-owned company, we can offer suitable individuals a range of benefits including:
- Hours to suit family or other commitments
- Training to industry standards
- Good rates of pay and holidays