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The skills required to be a care assistant

Care assistant jobs are not for everybody; they are extremely demanding in a lot of ways. It takes a certain type of person to fill this role and you will need to have the skills for it. There are a few skills that are very important and many are ones that you can’t learn.

Empathy

This is very important. The best care assistant will be able to relate to his/her patients and will be able to help with what they are feeling. Empathy is different from sympathy.

A Good Bedside Manner

If you want to be a good care assistant, you need to be caring and have a good bedside manner. This involves being polite, friendly and softly spoken. Again, this is something that can’t be learnt; you either have it or you don’t.

Patience

You’ll be dealing with many different types of people and will need to factor that in when you help someone. You will have to teach your patients some of the basics, which can be tiresome and time consuming. Patience is something that you can learn but most are born with it.

Be Able to Cope With Anything

There are a lot of things that will happen during your working day and most of them won’t be planned. You will need to be able to cope with anything - even the unexpected.

Qualifications You Will Need

As well as the above, you'll need to have some qualifications. The more you have, the higher a salary you can ask for. Most care assistants will start with NVQ level 1 in Health and Social Care but you will gain more by opting for levels 2 or 3.

Work Experience

Once you've got the qualifications, you will need some experience in the job. Take some time to volunteer while you are taking the courses - even if it is just one day a week.

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