Is Being A Professional Carer The Right Job For You?

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baby-20339_150If you have just left school or college, or are looking for a new career path because you aren’t happy with what you currently do, then you may be drawn to roles where you get to help other people and make their lives better and more comfortable.

Of course, there are plenty of careers where you can do this and make a difference to people’s lives, from becoming a nurse or doctor through to working with a charity. However, for many people, an attractive role is working as a professional carer.

This is a job that is very much in demand, and can be fairly easy to get into if you are the right sort of person. Here is what you need to know about caring as a profession:

What Kind of Work Does a Carer Do?

Professional carers work in all kinds of places, from hospices and nursing homes to in the homes of the people they are looking after. In a nursing home, hospital or hospice environment they care for multiple people and look after their needs on a routine basis, whereas in a residential situation they work one on one with one patient and may do ad hoc tasks like shopping and personal admin for them as well as health and personal care related tasks.

In many ways, working with someone in their home is as much about being a friend and personal assistant as a health professional, because as well as doing things like helping them wash and dress, helping them remember to take medication, and other standard care tasks, you may have to help them with things like paying bills and keeping their home in order.

What Kind of Qualities Does a Carer Need?

Obviously the main thing you will need as a personal trait is to be a caring person, though chances are if you are reading this and are thinking about a career in this sort of field you already have that in your arsenal.

This isn’t all it takes to make a good carer though. You also need to be very patient, very practical, good at solving problems, and confident when it comes to dealing with people.

You need to be a good communicator who can put people at ease. You also need to be comfortable with situations many people might find embarrassing, for example seeing someone else naked, washing them, and helping them go to the bathroom.

When it comes to skills and the medical aspects of being someone who works in a hospice, nursing home or offers in home care, you can get training either from a company you work for or from a vocational school.

In many cases you will not need to do anything too complicated from a medical perspective as professional nurses are used when these things are required, but you will need to learn things like the proper way to help someone in and out of a wheelchair, or how to give someone a bed bath.

Caring is a great job that can be really rewarding and help you truly make a difference, but it isn’t for everyone. Look into what would be required of you and try to decide if you can commit to this kind of career.

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Anthony Wong, the author of this article, works for, Family Private Care, renowned providers of home care services and respite care in Florida. He is a brilliant singer/song writer and enjoys performing at local charity events.

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