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How to be a good Carer - A look at qualities and skills required to work in a UK Care Home

Working in a care home in the UK means that you help residents understand and make important decisions that affect their everyday life. The most important goal you should seek to achieve everyday is making sure that your residents views and wishes are being heard and granted to the best of your ability to provide the most effective kind of care possible. Those responsible for giving the care shouldn't just make assumptions about what's best for them without listening to the desires of the patient. While working in a care home, it's important that you make a commitment to expressing the views of the resident, whether you agree with them or not so they're making their own decisions.

To be qualified to work in social care in the UK, you don't need any formal qualifications to begin your career. Over time as you work in the field, there will be plenty of opportunities that will allow you to acquire more essential skills, training, and qualifications that can further your career depending on how far along the social care career ladder you want to go. Before starting your social care career, you could speak with a local job centre adviser or a work program provider to get more information on the field. Despite there being no set route to obtaining a social care job, employers will expect that you have a positive attitude towards the ageing and people you work around. You'll also be expected to understand the needs that older people have and how to attend to them. Having experience working around this age group of people will be useful, although not required, which you can get from volunteering, paid work, or even from various types of care services.

Those desiring to work as a care provider should also have excellent people skills as well as being a great listener. You'll have to respect the desired independence of the elderly, as well as their feelings. You should also have the ability and desire to empower people rather than just trying to solve their problems for them. To excel in this career field, you'll have to take on a non-judgmental and open-minded approach when working around people. Since you'll spend most of your time on the job visiting clients that are in care homes and attending meetings, it's important that you'll be able to express these certain qualities for many hours of the day as you'll likely be surrounded by people at all times. The work that a care provider has to deal with may be emotionally demanding and may be distressing.

To get experience in the field before starting your career, you could start out as a volunteer advocate or find paid services that are either part-time or full-time and can provide you with experience in care work, counselling, and social work. While this could be an advantage when starting off your career to work in a care home, employers will often consider your skills as more importance rather than your qualifications. Through paid services or volunteer work, you'll receive training, support, and supervision and potentially even accreditation for the qualifications you've received there if you're planning on working locally.

Starting salaries for care workers is between £12,000 and £16,000 while a qualified care worker who has more experience can make anywhere from £18,000 and £21,000. Your hourly rate may increase, depending on your employer, if you work nights and weekends; which includes part-time and full-time hours. There are approximately only 14% of men care workers while 86% of them are women who are currently employed for care services in the UK. There are a number of qualifications that you can decide to work towards to gain more experience and become adequately qualified for working in home care such as; Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care, which leads to Supporting Individuals with Learning disabilities, and then Awareness of Dementia, and finally receiving a diploma in Health and Social Care once all levels of qualifications have been successfully completed. You have the options of working with local authority social services, for a private agency, or with a voluntary organization, while progressing to be a senior care worker or shift supervisor.