Here are some personal attributes that you should already possess in order to thrive in a home care job:
Caring and compassionate
Good carers have genuine compassion for the welfare of others. This natural disposition towards helping others is what forms the foundation of a good carer-client relationship.
Patient and supportive
Clients often face physical and emotional challenges, which can make even the simplest of tasks difficult; whether it's popping to the shops or getting dressed in the morning. A supportive carer offers encouragement and patience to empower their clients to live well.
Sensitive and respectful
Clients often need a friendly ear to talk to, and their carers are often their only regular contact with the world. A sensitive carer who shows respect and interest can make a world of difference to our client’s well-being and quality of life.
Dependable and professional
Clients rely on their carers to help them live a more fulfilling life. This is a considerable responsibility and carers need to consistently show up on time and carry out tasks in a professional manner.
Communicative and understanding
A good carer needs to be able to understand and engage with their client, to meet their physical and emotional needs. Carers will often have to communicate with a client’s family or other allied healthcare professionals, attend doctor’s appointments or help clients pay their bills and pick up pension payments. This requires a good command of English, listening skills and the ability to see things from their client’s perspective.
Flexible and organised
Taking care of clients at home often means ensuring their household runs smoothly, on top of looking out for their wellbeing. This requires good organisation skills but also the ability to be flexible when a client’s needs change.
It takes time to become a skilled carer but at Saga Care at Home we provide comprehensive training and support to all of our visiting and live-in carers. What matters the most is that you care. With a caring nature and enthusiasm to learn, all of the other skills will come.