Recruitment opportunities (As of 23rd of June 2015)

Care Assistant:

It is sometimes difficult to generalise about what the role of a care assistant is.  The best way of summing it up is that we might perform the tasks carried out by a close friend or relative but in a trained, professional and knowledgeable way.

In order to do this successfully the care assistant must be aware of the needs and requirements of the service user and must communicate successfully not only with the service user but also with others such as family, friends and other healthcare professionals.  

There will be specific tasks identified for a particular service user which may include:

  • Assisting service users to get up, dressing and preparing them for their day
  • Washing, bathing, showering, oral care, grooming
  • toileting, assisting with use of commode, emptying commode
  • Continence management
  • Using manual handling equipment as specified
  • Working with other care professionals such as district nurses, GPs, etc.
  • Assisting with prescribed medication
  • Assist service users to go to bed, including undressing and washing
  • Preparation of meals and assistance with feeding
  • General household duties
  • Bed making and laundry
  • Shopping and supplies management
  • To keep accurate records of care visits
  • Domestic duties
  • Assisting with hosptial appointments
  • Assisting with shopping
(The role may involve some or all of the above.  This is not intended as a complete list and is supplied for information only).
 
Care assistants are frequently the only people that a service user may see on a daily basis and it should be clearly understood that the role requires a great deal, sometimes both in physical and emotional ways, and also carries a weight of responsibility.
Anyone who does not genuinely care about the welfare of other people will not be suitable for this job.
 
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