Care Assistant: Elderly Careers

How to become a Care Assistant: Elderly

What does a Care Assistant: Elderly do?

Care assistants look after elderly people in residential homes, day centres or in their own homes. They help in practical ways, such as carrying out household tasks, shopping and preparing meals. Care assistants need to develop caring relationships with old people so reducing their feelings of isolation and generally providing a friendly environment. Care assistants working in day centres or residential homes may organise and join in with activities.

What's the working environment like working as a Care Assistant: Elderly?

Care assistants usually work a 37½-hour week. Those working in residential homes often work shifts on a rota basis. There are opportunities for part-time work.

The work involves a lot of bending, carrying and helping people to walk. A lot of travel may be necessary for those care assistants working in the community.

What does it take to become a Care Assistant: Elderly?

Care assistants need to have a genuine interest in people. A mature attitude is essential. Reliable, responsible individuals are required for this type of work. The ability to form relationships of trust and friendship with old people is an important aspect of the work. It helps to be a good listener, and patience and tolerance are essential. Care assistants must be prepared to undertake jobs that may be unpleasant and messy.

Care Assistant: Elderly Career Opportunities

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Care Assistant: Elderly that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work (CCETSW)
Information Service
Derbyshire House
St Chad's Street

Tel: 020 7278 2455

Details of vacancies and job information may be obtained from the Social Services Department of the Local Authority.

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