17 Jan A day in the life of a care worker
A typical day as a care worker doesn’t really exist. Each day is different, and your tasks will depend on what the person or people you’re caring for want that day. But, generally speaking, this is what a day in the life of a care worker can look like:
- Prepare breakfast and help plan meals for the day
- Assist service users in getting ready for the day, including support with personal care and hygiene. This can include bathing and dressing individuals
- Carry out any household or care home chores such as cleaning, making beds, removing rubbish, tidying bathrooms and general organisation
- Help service users get out and about, take part in hobbies and leisure activities
- Support service users in achieving goals in support plans, such as learning to use public transport
- Assist with the taking of medication or attending hospital/doctors’ appointments
- Check individual’s blister packs where needed
- Plan and support any social activities or visits with friends and family
- Much like the morning shift, you’ll need to help prepare food and assist service users with night-time hygiene and getting ready for bed
- You’ll need to be ready to deal with any issues that crop up with service users during the night-time
- You may also need to tidy and organise the home, so it is ready for the person taking the morning shift
The individual tasks of a care worker can vary from user to user and care home to care home. But the most important thing you can do as a Care Home Assistant is to support service users in living their life the way they want. As well as providing arguably the most important role for your service users: companionship.
How can I get into care?
You don’t necessarily need any qualifications to become a Care Worker. What’s important is that you’re an enthusiastic and compassionate person with a willingness to learn. At Arc Recruitment, we’re looking for care workers in the North West area. We can offer you access to over 80 courses, including gaining your Care Certificate, career development support and a free DBS check!
If you’re based in Liverpool or Manchester, apply now!
Essential Skills for Care Work
- Friendly demeanour
- Great listening skills
- Good communication
- Good organisation & planning
- Ability to multi-task
- High levels of empathy
- Ability to think on your feet
- Good time keeping and Reliability