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How To Become A Care Worker

Health and social care courseDomiciliary care is when support and care is provided to individuals in their own home, allowing them to remain settled and independent. At any time in a person’s life there can be a change of circumstances which could lead to that person needing support to maintain their quality of life. Many people choose to receive domiciliary care instead of residential because they are able to have home comforts, stability, peace of mind, flexibility and its cheaper than a lot of residential care services.

Choosing to support someone to live at home can be a very rewarding career with plenty of job satisfaction. Each day will be different depending on what the person has planned for that day. A typical Day in the life of a Domiciliary care worker will be that they interact with the individuals, using a variety of communication methods, making sure that they are well. Support the service users to carry out house hold tasks, personal care, taking part of activities and using services/facilities. Read the Case Studies below to have more of an idea:

Janes Story:

I arrive at Mr X’s home at 6.45am, I use the key safe to enter as he needs support to get out of bed, this is why it’s important that I am on time as he is relying on my support. When I go in, Mr X’s Smiles, although he has dementia he is still very happy to see a friendly face in the mornings. Some days are better than others, there are days when Mr X does not remember me at all and some where he can have an extended conversation. I support Mr X to have a shower, and get dressed ready for the day. When we go into the kitchen I see that the daughter has left a note for me to help Mr X do a shopping list. I need to work in partnership with the daughter and Mr X so that Mr X can have the correct level of support to maintain his independence. Mr X and I go through the fridge together and select what he would like for the week, to make a list for the daughter. Once this is finished I record everything in Mr X’s care plan so there is a clear record of how he is. It is now 7.45am and Mr X thanks me for coming, telling me it’s always nice when I come to see him, I say my Goodbyes and leave. Having my first visit at this time allows me to go home and ensure my daughter is ready for school in the mornings. I am a mother of 2 and the flexibility of domiciliary care work allows me to fit in my personal and working commitments.

Amina and Sandra’s Story

We support a man (Mr D) of 56 who had a stroke, when we first started to go to his home he was unable to get out of bed. We worked with the Physiotherapist, who provided us with gentle exercises to do with him daily. Each day we go there 4 times a day 8am, 12pm, 4pm and 8pm, there are some days when Mr D feels that he wants to do the exercises more than once and some where he does not. Working together with Mr D and the physio we are now able to support Mr D to stand for several minutes at a time. Each day we record how long he stood for so that there is an accurate record of his development. It’s a gradual process but each week makes us all more optimistic about the possibility and knowing that we are helping Mr D gives us great satisfaction in our job role. We would recommend this job to anyone who has a genuine interest in helping people.


Residential Care Work

Residential support workers are people who work in a children’s homes, hostels, or adult residential care centres. These workers will support people who could have learning disabilities, mental health, substance abusers, addiction, elderly or physical health difficulties. On a daily occurrence the care worker would monitor the needs, progress and/or the deterioration of the residents. They will assist with all needs such as personal care, activities, use of services and reporting to the seniors.


Qualities and Skills that you need to become a Domiciliary or Residential care worker are:

  • Kind
  • Caring
  • Sympathetic
  • Courageous (there may be times when you need to speak up the person’s behalf)
  • Good Communication skills
  • Team Player


How to become a care worker:

There are no set requirements to be a Domiciliary/Residential care worker, however having some prior knowledge and experience can benefit you. During your application for the job the employer may ask if you have any of the following literacy, numeracy qualifications, Btec, or NVQ. Having experience or knowledge will make you more of a desirable applicant for the job role and improve your prospects.

If you are able to secure a job as Domiciliary /Residential care worker, you will have the following complete on you:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service Check- This is to reduce the likelihood of abuse and to make sure that you are suitable to work with vulnerable adults.
  • You will also be given some training, including the care certificate which is based on 15 standards.
  • You will also need to provide 2 references.

If being a Domiciliary/Residential Care worker is something that you think you could be interested in, why not take a 4-week introduction into care to give you more of an insight and knowledge?


What career progression is there for a domiciliary/Residential care worker?

Once you have gained some experience in the industry you might want to start thinking about your next step. This could be gaining a Level 3 QCF in Health & Social Care giving you a vast range of opportunities. Having a level 3 could lead to many different job prospects such as Field Care Supervisor, Senior Care worker, or a coordinator.

The steps of your career do not have to end there, now you have experience, knowledge and qualification you can take your career further. You could choose to go to university using your Level 3 QCF to gain you access or you may wish to continue on to a level 4 QCF. Having a Level 4 QCF could lead you on to the following job opportunities:

  • community care/support officers
  • community care/support officers – office based
  • social care assessor
  • care assessment officer
  • community care assessment officers
  • social services officer
  • occupational assessment officer
  • rehabilitation and enablement assistant
  • assistive technology co-ordinator/officer

The next step could be that you progress on to the Level 5 qualifications for managers and advanced practitioners Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (England) (QCF).

However, with all this knowledge and experience you may choose to become an Assessor or trainer in Health and Social Care to support others to meet their full potential.


What Do I Do Next To Become A Care Worker?

Why not get in touch with us & we can help you start or progress a career in Health & Social Work.

Our health and social care courses give you the necessary skills & we also help you find work in a care setting. Best of all, there is funding available, so don’t wait! Start your career today!

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