Working in homecare can be highly rewarding, and there is plenty of room for progression throughout your career. To start off, you’ll need certain skills that employers will look for. Being communicative, supportive, caring and responsible are key personality traits that will make you stand out as an ideal candidate for working in care. To start work, you will also need strong references from previous paid or voluntary positions, and you will need to pass a DBS check.
Day-to-day tasks can include carrying out household tasks, assisting with continence needs, helping with personal care such as getting dressed, helping with more administrative tasks such as paying bills, and helping the service-user to respond to letters and keep in touch with their relatives.
Many people enjoy long and fulfilling careers in homecare by taking courses and climbing the career ladder. Diplomas in health and social care allow you to expand your skillset, show employers how you’ve progressed, and often lead to new opportunities throughout your career.
It is also possible to branch out and take alternative career paths after gaining some experience in homecare. Many people go on to work in social care, support-worker roles, community support, care home management, and much more.
There are plenty of diverse and exciting roles within homecare, and progressing to management positions or alternative career paths is straightforward if you put in the required effort. Read our infographic to find out more about careers in homecare.