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Let's clear up the misconceptions..

Today I was joined by Bridge House Care Home and Brandon Trust to discuss Careers in Adult Social Care. The webinar which was hosted by Oxfordshire Association of Care Providers (OACP) in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, was attended by job seekers and careers advisors who were interested in finding out more about Adult Social Care careers to better inform their students and any particularly interested young people.

The topics of discussion were:

  • What it’s like to work in Social Care

  • Types of Employer

  • Myth Busters

  • Career Pathways

We all come from different backgrounds, with different experiences and I was able to tell my story and my transition into Adult Social Care. After graduating from University with a Marketing and Business degree, I worked in the marketing industry for several years. After spending time reflecting on what was really important to me, I wanted to focus on a career that was much more rewarding and where I could help other people. I was also inspired by the hard work from healthcare professionals who visited my home to care for my Grandma.

Starting Kinlike Homecare was the best thing I ever did - the industry offers lots of variety and no two days are ever the same. Since becoming closer to the caring side of the business, I have completed many training courses as well as my care certificate so that I can really help make that difference and work alongside my Staff better.

There are many myths when it comes to the care industry, some of which I was guilty of thinking myself. Let’s clear up these misconceptions….

"There is no opportunity for career progression"​

  • You can learn and gain qualifications on the job.​

  • So much diversity within the industry with many roles to choose from.​

  • From hands on care to admin to coordination.

"I will get badly paid"​

  • MUST be paid minimum wage.​

  • Some companies pay £10+/hour, pay training, mileage and travel time.​

  • Kinlike Homecare are introducing payment for shift patterns.

"I don't want to just do personal care and work with older people"​

  • Personal care is only a small part of the job.​

  • Companionship is very important - a conversation and a smile can make someone's day.

  • You could be working with someone younger than you - not just the elderly.

"I don't want to work unsociable hours and every weekend"​

  • Hours can be unsociable - care doesn't stop​.

  • Very flexible and available working hours can be discussed with your Manager.

"I don't think I want to work in a care home"​

  • Then don't.... but there are many other options for providing care and support!​

"I don't want to feel emotionally drained"​

  • Staff should feel valued and well looked after.​

  • Remember, you are making a huge difference to someone's life.​

  • Self-care is important too, don't forget about your own health.

 

"But I'm not a doctor or a nurse"​

  • Neither am I, but I have the right values and that goes a long way.

  • Are you kind, compassionate, respectful, loyal, honest, committed.?

  • You should always be given support from those more experienced.

"The family members of individuals don’t appreciate what I do"​

  • That’s not always true! In fact, it has been the complete opposite from my experience

  • Family members cannot thank our Staff enough and we’ve received such lovely comments.

 

So what does a typical day look like for our Care Assistant?

 

Mr. Kinlike @ 08:00

  • Good morning Mr Kinlike, it's Abbie!​

  • Helps dress, prepares breakfast, hoovers the house, makes bed and puts washing on.​

  • Records visit.

Mrs. Jones @ 09:30​

  • Good morning Mrs Jones, it's Abbie.​

  • Helps to dress, assist with shower, prepares breakfast, provides medication, makes cup of tea, tidies bedroom and kitchen, sits and has a chat. ​

  • Records visit. 

Mr. Rowe @ 11:00​

  • Good morning Mr Rowe, it's Abbie.​

  • Makes cup of tea, works on exercises, has a chat. ​

  • Records visit. 

Mrs. Jones @ 12:30​

  • Good afternoon Mrs Jones, it's Abbie.​

  • Prepares lunch, provides medication, sit and has chat, tidy kitchen, put bins out. ​

  • Records visit. 

 

Mrs. Wood @ 14:00​

  • Good afternoon Mrs Wood, it's Abbie.​

  • Sits and talks with Mrs Wood and family. Mrs Wood is very unwell and at the end of life.​

  • Records visit. 

 

The above is a very brief overview of what’s required, but it helps to show how diverse the role of a Care Assistant is. If caring is not for you but you have an interest to work in the sector then there are many other roles available.

My advice – do your research! Every care setting is different from Care Home, Domiciliary Care to Hospital Care. Read up on the company you are interested in. Search their website, browse their social media pages. Do they share the same values as you? Does their working culture inspire you? If yes, take the leap and apply! Even if you it’s not apparent that they are looking for Staff, still enquire and leave your details.

If you have any questions, whether that be careers in Adult Social Care in general or careers with Kinlike Homecare then please get in touch.

Many thanks,

 

John Burns

Managing Director