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Care Assistant Job Description

What do care assistants do in their job?

Care assistants' roles involve looking after people in need. This can be children, the elderly, the sick and those with mental and physical disabilities. The work can be very demanding and there is need for sensitivity, empathy, discretion, tact and diplomacy.

The work can involve anything from cleaning and tidying up to being a friendly and attentive listener. Also the role can sometimes involve things such as helping people with personal hygiene functions including washing, bathing and going to the toilet. Care assistants generally should be prepared for various possible eventualities including sickness and behavioural issues.

Versatility is therefore often required.

Typical responsibilities of the job include:

People skills Patience


What other skills does a care assistant need?

They need to be organised
They need to be able to be people-friendly
They should be able to work to instructions
They should be team players
They should be familiar with the issues facing people in their care
Ability to work flexible hours maybe required
The ability to work weekends is often a requirement
You should be able to work under pressure

Other skills


A degree is not usually required.
Minimum requirements are usually good school grades.
A Levels may also be useful but often not essential.
Relevant NVQs may be advantageous

Jobs which overlap with that of care assistant include care manager.