The how-tos of becoming a carer

A career in care is a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity. Each day brings exciting challenges and the chance to truly make a difference in someone’s life.

If you’re interested in care jobs in Chadwell Health, Romford, this blog post is for you. Read on to discover everything you need to know about becoming a carer. 

What does a carer do?

A professional carer helps vulnerable people manage everyday tasks and empowers them to live as independently as possible. This can be done in a person’s home or in a care home where they reside. Day-to-day tasks will vary on their needs but in general, as a carer, some of the main duties and responsibilities you can expect are to: 

  • assist with personal tasks like washing, dressing and toileting 
  • help with eating
  • provide companionship and get to know their interests 
  • assist with medication 
  • encourage physical activity and mental wellbeing
  • assist with organising leisure activities, outings and events 
  • monitor a person’s weight and record any concerns they have
  • liaise with other health and social care professionals

How to get into care

You can get into care through different avenues such as a college course, an apprenticeship, volunteering or applying directly. Examples of helpful college courses include Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care or Level 2 Diploma in Care. Volunteering in a care home, hospital, hospice or charity is another route you can take. Alternatively, having personal experience of caring for someone that you know can be helpful. 

Qualities and skills of carers

Working in care can be a physically and emotionally demanding job, requiring no shortage of patience, resilience and energy. To be a good carer, you’ll have a strong sense of empathy and a genuine concern for the wellbeing of others. You’ll always be responsible, respectful and sensitive to the needs of those you care for. In addition to providing the high standard of care that we believe everyone deserves, you’ll be committed to truly getting to know our residents and building meaningful relationships with them.

While we do look for specific qualifications and experience, working in care is more about embracing the values and attitudes of social care. We’ll make sure you have the resources you need to succeed as a carer and even provide ongoing specialist training so that your care toolbox is always full. 

What’s it like working in care? 

Working in care brings new and exciting challenges every day. To thrive in this role, you’ll need to be good at thinking on your feet and adapting to new situations. One thing is certain; working in care is anything but boring. In general, carers work flexible hours, so you’ll be able to plan your work schedule around any family, personal or study commitments. 

At the end of the day, you can go home knowing that you had a positive impact on someone’s life. 

Our family of carers

When you join our family of carers, you’ll have ongoing support from our close-knit team. Every staff member becomes part of our family – some of whom have been with us for nearly 25 years. We pride ourselves on being a trusted employer where our staff enjoy coming to work. In addition to receiving a pension, you’ll also earn a fair hourly wage, holiday pay and enjoy the benefits of excellent working conditions. 

Get in touch 

We are always looking for passionate carers to join our team at Rowallan House. If you are interested in joining our family or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here or call us on 0800 999 8499. We look forward to hearing from you.