As the population ages and medical care advances, more people than ever are able to live at home with the help and support of a home carers. If you may be potentially interested in home carer jobs, read on to learn more about the skills required and type of person that it takes to move into this role.
More vocational and personality-based than academic, we believe that what makes a great home carer, are the skills listed below:
Home carers must deal with a range of different people and situations, and be adaptable to each on a daily basis. Those requiring care often have a range of complex needs, and these change constantly. Practicing patience with those you’re caring for is non-negotiable in this role. Many home care clients are elderly and often suffering with various types of dementia, which means that situations can escalate quickly and a calm, relaxed environment will need to be maintained.
Something to keep in mind with home carer jobs is that you are an incredibly important part of another persons life – this is not just a job. All clients deserve your complete respect, no matter their vulnerabilities or needs. We demand this as an agency – chances are that your care has a critical impact on the clients’ life.
Working with those requiring care will soon change your perspective on many things, and your respect for all kinds of people will grow as a result!
Working in a home carer job will see you dealing with lots of extremely personal and vulnerable situations. In some cases, these situations can be very upsetting for those you’re caring for. Carers must be able to remain sensitive to others around them in all circumstances, maintain good self-awareness, and emotional intelligence.
As a home carer you may not only communicate with those receiving care, but also their families, other healthcare professionals and your home care agency. In all instances, it is imperative that you are able to communicate with others clearly, concisely and simply so that information can be shared as accurately as possible.
With regards to communicating with your client, always ensure that they are aware of what you are going to do, what is going on, and what you require of them. Clear communication will help to ensure that your client is informed and relaxed, and does not panic or become anxious.
For many, having to receive care and rely on another person, is a frustrating experience. Being able to display empathy and understanding will help nurture your clients and allow them to vent frustration should they wish to. Put yourself in your clients shoes and ask: “What kind of care would I like to receive for myself or my loved one?”
Home carers needn’t just hold a functional relationship with those they’re caring for; a smile and a chat goes a long way! Staying friendly, approachable and having a good relationship with your client is often as important as medical treatment! Many of your clients will look forward to your visits, your conversation and your company, and you will form bonds with them.
If you are considering a home carer job, chances are you’re a compassionate individual already. Taking time to care for someone and to really work with them rather than just for them is a labour of love and dedication; so keep your heart open along with your mind.
Are you interested in a job in home care? Find out more about working in home care and the opportunities that we have available in and around Epsom at AM2PM Quality Care.