To provide care to individuals, usually within their own homes, as a part of care in the community. You will be expected to perform a variety of tasks, according to individual needs and work towards a set of outcomes agreed by the service user.
These tasks will be set out clearly in a document called a Care & Support Plan that will be available for you to see each time you visit a service user/person. Whilst undertaking any tasks within your role, it is important to remember not to take away a person’s physical or personal independence and choice.
- Personal care: Assist with personal hygiene, washing assistance with using the toilet, assistance with incontinence pads, commodes and catheter bags
- Support with eating and drinking: Ensuring that clients are encouraged to eat a healthy, balanced diet and the correct quantities, prepared meals look appetising and make sure the way they eat is appropriate for the client
- Assisting with shopping:This is completed on the client’s request and a finance form must be completed with a receipt
- Assist with mobility:Use of a hoist or other aides, or assistance in standing and movement. Dressing or assisting with any physical activity whereby the client’s needs support
- Domestic duties:Cleaning, emptying bins, washing where requested
- Record keeping:MAR chart (for medication), log book (recording each visit to communicate to the next carer), care plan updates.
- Assist with medication: completing the MAR chart (Medical Administration Record) the administration of medication as outlined in the care plan and with customer consent
- Promote independence:to allow the client to do as much as they can for themselves and only offer support where they need it
- Maintain professional relationships:clients can only be visited on duty and a carer must be in full uniform, with ID and PPE (personal protection equipment). A carer must not accept any gratuities from the client.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & QUALIFICATIONS
- Physically able to cope with the demands of domiciliary care work which involves bending, lifting, stretching, kneeling, crouching, walking, getting up and down stairs and manual dexterity.
- Mentally able to cope with the demands of domiciliary care work which can be stressful and involve dealing with bereavement and challenging behaviour
- Self-motivated, organised and flexible
- Caring, patient and sensitive to the needs of others and to the sick or infirm
- An active team player but also able to work on own initiative
- A good communicator.
A commitment to complete Diploma level 2 • NVQ 2/3 or Diploma Level
Training in Social Care 2 in Social Care
Willingness to undertake training that will qualification or similar make a positive contribution and add value recognised social / health to the services provided.
No previous experience essential as full previous experience of training and support will be given. Work within the care profession, customer care related role.
Track record of experience within a previous role where priorities such as time keeping, attendance, honesty and reliability are essential.
Skills and Knowledge
An understanding of the Domiciliary care • Knowledge of Operational
Standards and the role of Care Quality aspect of other care