What makes a good Homecare Worker?
A Home Care Worker is a person who comes into an older person’s home and helps them with tasks such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, making a meal, doing the cleaning or getting the shopping. It is a vital role and one which requires many skills. The UK Care Guide says that the best Home Care Workers all have 10 key attributes.
1 – Patience -Remaining calm and patient no matter how stressful the task at hand may be is incredibly important, as anger or irritability can affect a care worker’s ability to do their job and can of course upset the person they are there to support
2 – Cheerfulness – A carer might be the only person an individual comes into contact with during their day, so if they are pleasant, friendly and personable this makes a huge difference
3 – The ability to multi-task – Carers need to deal effectively with more than one task whilst ensuring that the level of care provided remains high.
4 – Being able to think quickly – The very nature of care means that things can change quickly – especially when patients have severe care needs. Therefore, one of the skills of a good carer, is their ability to think on their feet and deal with unexpected occurrences and difficult situations. It can even save lives.
5 – Punctuality – Often those receiving care look forward to or plan their day around care provision. If a carer is late it can ruin a person’s plans for that day or cause them stress and worry.
6 – Willingness to learn – Good carers always want to learn more, progress further, be better at what they do and provide the best care possible.
7 – Being a good listener – People receiving care often feel they need someone to talk to. Therefore, having good, and patient, listening skills is a key quality
8 – Kindness and empathy – A little kindness goes a long way. When a carer is able to put themselves into the shoes of their patient they can truly appreciate what a difference they can make.
9 – Willingness to go the extra mile – Good caring skills means putting the older person’s needs first and being flexible and adaptable and getting the job done, even if that means staying a few extra minutes.
10 – Being able to take responsibility -The best carers take responsibility in their stride and never underestimate the importance of the work they do. They also fully accept and admit to any mistakes they make and understand that nobody is perfect.
If you know someone who wants paid work as a Home Care Worker and has these skills, then encourage them to book a place at our Open Days on Wednesday 1st August, Friday 3rd August, Tuesday 7th August. The Shakespeare Centre, 43-51 Shakespeare St, Southport PR8 5AB. All candidates are guaranteed an interview and could join our friendly and Good CQC rated team at Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton. Phone 01704 503356 to reserve a place.