All about home care providers

Home care services operate on a local and national basis and aim to provide high quality care to residents. Home care providers can offer care services to the elderly or those with a disability. In order to find a suitable care at home provider, telephone local organisations who offer home care or consult adult services who will be able to put you in touch with some suitable organisations.

What services do home care providers offer?

Home care providers offer a variety of services which include personal care such as washing, dressing hair and nailcare, domestic assistance such as hoovering, dusting, emptying bins and a meal service, either helping with preparation or arranging meals on wheels. Administering medication, providing respite care and a befriending service are also other tasks which a home care provider will undertake, in addition to adhering to a care plan and ensuring that the client receives high quality care services at all times.

In order to obtain employment in home care, there are often no formal requirements other than an interest in helping people and having a pleasant demeanour. If accepted by a home care organisation, you will be required to undertake training up to NVQ level 2 which will be incorporated into your work. There are also opportunities to progress and care assistants can obtain positions as a carer or enter a career in social work after completion of a relevant degree. When working as a care assistant, the hours will be shift work, depending upon the clients you are allocated and their care requirements.

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