7 tips to becoming a care assistant:
1. Regularly check the resources available to you
through providers such as the SSSC. Not only do the Scottish Social Services Council offer up to date and relevant news relating specifically to care work within Scotland, they offer free incentives for continuous learning, self-development and all importantly, registration to enable you to work within the sector. These resources are in place for you, as a care assistant, to provide all the information you require to start/advance your career.
2. Research the company you will be working for.
When you join any company, you become a representative of that brand. Shared values are vital in enabling workplace satisfaction. A career in care may be difficult, but it is equally rewarding; a team ethos will help you meet your potential here.
3. Take time to care.
As a caregiver in an in-home care setting, you are providing for both the client and the clients closest loved ones. This can at first be overwhelming, but you’re doing a great job and you have to know that your work is appreciated. Your clients rely on you; your kindness and consideration will not go unnoticed to them. At SRS Care Solutions we take this into consideration, offering a bespoke service plan to suit each individual with a staff matching tool to go that extra mile and match like-minded individuals.
When you start a career in homecare, you are never done learning. There are an array of free courses/badges and self-development programmes you can carry out. At SRS Care Solutions, it’s important to us to ensure our staff receive the highest standard of training and knowledge to enable them to carry out their duties effectively. This is why we offer top of the range training and refresher courses on a regular basis as well as offering our support to get our care staff through any relevant qualification’s and SVQ’s.
5. Be Responsive.
Your feedback will always be welcomed. Especially in care at home where our goal is to make our clients as comfortable as possible. If you have an idea for how to go above and beyond for your client, it should always be well-received by your employer.
It’s okay to stop and evaluate where you are in your career. Is the care you are providing to a standard you would like to see your family members receive? Things are constantly changing- so you should too. SRS prides itself on respect, dignity and compassion. Use these headers as a guide to how you would like to develop your skills over the coming months.
7. Don’t burn yourself out.
Caring is in the nature of the job, but it can be easy to forget to look after yourself. Don’t forget about work-life balance and take regular holidays/days off to recuperate.
If you think a career in care is right for you, apply today!