Why work in care?: Domiciliary care

I’m sure that you are well aware of the recruitment crisis that is happening not only in care but overall sectors at present. I’m writing this blog to put forward the case of why you could consider a job in-home care if you or somebody you know is currently looking for work. Over the past year, I have had discussions with our carers about what they enjoy most working in care so that we can put this blog together. So without further ado, let’s get into ‘Why work in care?: Domiciliary care.

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Why work in care? It’s Rewarding!

A common word that comes up when I discuss care with our carers is “rewarding”, not only in a financial way but in an altruistic way. One carer I spoke to has said that she feels a sense of gratification from helping vulnerable adults with their independence and helping them stay in their own homes in old age.

People come into the care industry from far and wide, many say it’s something they have considered doing for years because they like the thought of helping people. Sometimes when they make the jump – they are seldom disappointed. It’s by no means an easy job; but when someone’s quality of life is improved by the service you have provided, it’s surely a heart-warming feeling. Other people fall into the job while looking for work, very often these people stay in the industry as they discover that the selfless work of care is quite fulfilling. There are other reasons people jump into care roles: their parents were carers, they had elderly relatives who called on them for care, they had been recommended by somebody already in the industry and so on. Any reason to come into care is a good one! Maybe you’ll find it as rewarding as our carers do…

Why work in care? It’s not just a job

You can make a fantastic career through care, there are endless options! I’m not going to tell you why adopting a career is a great idea, I’ll just give you a few ideas of where you can go with care as your first steppingstone: care-coordinator, field care supervisor, activities coordinator, charity work, district nurse, community nurse, care manager, team leader, childcare, live-in carer, NHS healthcare assistant and more. Certain companies (such as HoneyBee HomeCare) love helping with your career development, so will provide training and development opportunities to help you grow. This, in turn, will help you develop and take steps towards doing what you would like to do.

Why work in care? You meet new people

If you’re somebody who enjoys meeting new people and getting to know them, care could be for you. Each client you meet will have a wealth of life stories that they may enjoy telling you all about! This is certainly true at HBHC, our carers have the time to sit and chat with our clients a lot of the time and I am often surprised at just how much they know about our clients.

Everybody is different, so if you take the time to build a relationship with your clients, you may learn a lot about them. In turn, they generally really appreciate somebody taking the time to listen to their life story. Some of our care calls are entirely companionship based – their family just want somebody to go in and keep their loved one company, they want somebody to be a friend; why can’t that friend be you?

Why work in care? You learn every day

There are some people who just love to learn. In care – you can learn something new every day. Whether that be skills to deliver care, an illness you may not have known about, an activity you never considered doing, new and different foods, you can learn about a lot of different people and different places. There are many ways to learn new things in the job that we do, whether that be through the clients you meet, the people you work with, the training you do, the places you go or the homes you visit.

Our carers have provided care for retired theatre nurses, Wimbledon umpires, businesspeople, psychologists, tennis players, teachers, scholars, tradesmen, wealthy people, people from different countries and all walks of life. All our carers have learned something from these extraordinary people that we have the privilege of helping in their later lives.

In Summary

There are many non-financial benefits to working in the care sector that we haven’t listed above, but we hope that this has given you an idea of some of the non-conventional aspects of working in care!

If you’re interested in a new career or a change of pace, give us a call on 01926 290405 or email us at admin@honeybeehc.co.uk