Hear from Rupee Bains,
Registered Manager at Sova Healthcare
Home Care provides a range of services to different client groups: supporting the elderly and adults with conditions, such as mental and physical disabilities, dementia, learning disabilities and sensory impairment.
The clients receive help/support and encouragement to carry out their day-to-day activities such as personal care which can include the following: bathing, toileting, meal preparation and medication support.
I have worked and progressed in social care for over ten years and achieved my level 5 qualification in Leadership in Healthcare and Social Care in 2017. This was a natural progression as I worked in childcare previously to this career. Social care means the world to me and I have realised over the years not only should we be supporting our clients with day to day tasks but also encouraging them to have maximum independence and choice in their life, and that’s why I love this career.
Ideally applicants applying for a care worker role here would need to be car drivers due to visiting a number of clients from home to home in the community. Previous care experience is not essential however the passion to make a difference to people’s lives is.
Although skills and attributes are highly valued when working in home care, essential qualities that are required are having the ability to be caring, compassionate and sociable, to engage with the range of people we support.
Types of job roles in our service
The Registered Manager ensures the care service provides high-quality care. The Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations within the care setting, including recruiting and managing staff, managing budgets and ensuring that the quality of the services provided meets national care standards.
Usually you’ll be based in the office of a home care (domiciliary) service but will go out to assess the care needs of people living in their own homes. You’ll work closely with colleagues and other organisations to coordinate a care package to meet each person’s needs. You will also supervise and manage care workers as part of your role.
Senior Care Worker
As an experienced member of the team you’ll guide and supervise less experienced care workers, as well as supporting people with all aspects of their day-to-day living, including social and physical activities, personal care, medication, mobility and meal times.
You’ll support people with all aspects of their day to day living, including social and physical activities, personal care, mobility and meal times.
You’ll work as part of the team doing a range of administration tasks to support the Manager and care team with the planning, coordination and smooth running of the care setting.
Qualifications and Training
Many care staff are offered the opportunities to advance their career progression by completing additional training to increase their qualifications. Often staff stay with a nursing or residential home for a great number of years, as the job can be diverse and interesting career pathways.
“I love working in social care because I enjoy seeing other people achieving their hopes and dreams and knowing I have helped them do this makes me feel really proud. I love coming into work and feeling like I’ve come to my second family and helping everyone to better themselves.”
Beth Platt, Team leader
“I like working in social care because i enjoy supporting others to reach their full potential, they are my family. I love them.”
Lorna Bent, Support worker
“I like working in social care as I feel like my initial expectations because I am new to this section of work are that it’s a very rewarding environment to work in. We make a difference everyday.”
Gary Brook, Driver/maintenance