Hourly Carer Jobs at Helping Hands
Our hourly carers are the heart and soul of our communities. Through phenomenal growth we are now recruiting hourly visiting carers across many counties to be the face of care in your local communities. Join your local care team today.
Helping Hands is a national organisation, which provides personal care and home support to customers in their own homes. Applicants will need to hold a full driving licence, have their own transport and have the right to work in the UK. In return you’ll enjoy competitive rates of pay, free uniforms, DBS checks and a free mobile, award winning paid training and shadowing with an experienced carer and a commitment to professional qualifications.
All successful candidates, irrespective of their previous experience, will complete our comprehensive induction training course at our head office in Warwickshire or in one of our many branches across the country. Said by all to be “the best training we have ever had”, the training alone is just the start of your journey with Helping Hands – when you get out and about into your communities helping people live independently is when our carers tell us they get the most job satisfaction.
Hourly Carer Role
A Helping Hands’ hourly carer plays a vital role in the lives of their customers. Key responsibilities include:
- Supporting individuals in their own homes, with their care requirements, while promoting independence. Each visit typically lasts from 30 minutes to a few hours – we do NOT do 15 minute calls. You’ll be expected to travel to customers based across the region, so a full valid UK driving license and access to a car is essential.
- Sleep ins and waking night are also available.
- Ensuring all care is delivered to a high standard, and documented within the individual’s care plan.
- Personal care – you’ll be expected to help customers with a number of tasks, such as getting into and out of bed, washing, bathing and dressing, or, where necessary, providing continence support.
- Overseeing medication – you’ll be responsible for helping customers to manage their medication after the appropriate training has been provided.
- Home help and running errands – you’ll provide help with tasks and chores around the home, such as vacuuming or preparing meals. Many of our customers require support getting out and about – you’ll assist them with tasks such as shopping or picking up prescriptions.
- Companionship. An important part of your role, as a visiting hourly carer, is to provide good company for your customers. You’ll become someone to talk to and someone to listen to. You must treat your customers with dignity, patience and compassion at all times.
It’s ideal if you have a previous care background but this is not essential as full training will be provided – infact some of our best carers have never worked in care before but they have a calling to ‘care’ for others that is unbeatable. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and have the ability to develop strong working relationships. You will have a kind and caring nature, a serious commitment to work and a desire to work in an organisation where you can make a real difference to the everyday lives of people who need a helping hand.
If you would like to start a career with unlimited training and development opportunities, then this is the job for you and we’d love to have you on board. Contact us today.
A typical day as an hourly visiting carer
Hourly visiting carers provide home care support for a number of customers. A typical day will see an hourly visiting carer provide personal care, domestic assistance and companionship to a number of people.
As a visiting hourly carer you will be expected to assist with your customers’ personal care, such as help getting out of bed, support with continence care, washing and dressing; as well as help around their house, looking after things such as the housework and mealtime. You will also be expected to assist your customers’ with their medication.
Another important part of your role is to provide good company for your customers’. You will become someone to talk to and someone to listen to and must treat your customers with dignity, patience and compassion at all times.
Qualifications and training
There are no specific qualifications or training necessary to qualify you for the role when you apply. An NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care would be desirable, but is not essential. Some of our very best carers came from a background where they had no previous experience at all. One of the most important parts of the role is engaging with the customer; chatting, listening and maybe even helping them with their correspondence so your English language skills need to be first rate.
Skills and experience
Sarah, a Helping Hands hourly carer
It takes a certain type of person to make a great carer; above all you have to be compassionate, caring and patient. You need to have empathy, integrity and resilience. You will have to be diligent, adaptable and reliable with a positive outlook and proactive attitude. Being chatty helps and being a good listener is a necessity. If you can tick these boxes and are independent, fit and healthy, and keen to learn, then you might be a Helping Hands kind of person. Why not apply today and let a member of our recruitment team talk you through the role and options.
Hourly rates of pay for your local area are available on request – please don’t hesitate to contact us.