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|
|• Enthusiastic||• Detail-focussed|
|• 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.