What is acute care?
Acute care is short-term treatment following a severe illness, surgery, injury or medical condition in a hospital setting. It is possible to receive care at home after an acute period of hospitalisation.
At Helping Hands, we provide care at home to help our customers get back on their feet. Receiving care at home is beneficial and can speed up the recovery process, as being in a familiar environment can help with the mind, body and spirit.
With emergency care, our customers can get access to support within 24 hours. Whether they’ve been involved in an accident or discharged from the hospital following an operation, a carer can be sent via emergency care to help support them with rehabilitation. This way our customers can get support at short notice and when they need it most.
Care after an acute hospital admission
With care after an acute hospital admission, it is important to ensure the care is tailored to the customer’s requirements. With rehabilitation support, your main goal is to help customers get back to their feet or until their condition is stabilised, so they can continue to live their life independently. This can include helping with folding the laundry, preparing dinner, assisting with moving around the home, taking the customer to their medical appointments and much more.
Post acute care job description
As a carer, you will be going that extra mile for our customers and continue to promote their independence, so they can live a comfortable and content lifestyle. You will be providing care on visiting or live-in basis. You will be a compassionate and friendly individual and your job responsibilities will include:
- Personal care, such as bathing and helping get dressed
- Helping with mobility – using equipment such as hoists to help with sitting and standing up.
- Preparing and cooking meals
- Running errands, such as picking up medication and going to the grocery store
- Assisting with household duties including changing the bedding, washing and vacuuming
- Accompanying customers to medical appointments
- Providing companionship
- Support with catheter, conveen and stoma care
How to get a post acute carer job
To become a Helping Hands carer, apply online today. A member of the recruitment team will then contact you for an interview. You will then go through a Disclosure Barring Screening check. If successful, you will be invited to an assessment day, so you can start your training with Helping Hands.
When you join Helping Hands as a carer, you will automatically be enrolled in our comprehensive training programme. You will be provided with the essential skills so you can deliver exceptional care for our customers. The training will include first aid and manual handling. You will also learn how to use mobility equipment, including hoists so you can transfer someone to another location, for example to the bed or in the bathtub.
At Helping Hands, you don’t have to have qualifications to join our team. But we believe that natural qualities of kindness, compassion and empathy are what it takes to make a Helping Hands carer. Having qualifications isn’t essential but the desire to help others is. If you wish, we will support you to complete your national qualifications and progress in the company.
For a list of our care jobs, you can apply via our website. We have more than 160 branches across the UK, which means there will be opportunities local to you. You can apply to be a visiting or a live-in carer, and we also accept international applicants.
Post acute care worker salary and benefits
At Helping Hands, we are fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission and Care Wales Inspectorate, which means we ensure our customers and staff are well looked after. That’s why we believe our carers should have access to benefits including:
28 days of holiday allowance
Our carers are entitled to 28 days of paid annual leave per year including statutory sick pay. You’ll also have access to a pension scheme.
Get paid in advance
Before payday, you can request up to 50% of your pay via the Early Pay app. So, you don’t have to dip into your savings.
Complementary Blue Light Card
You’ll have access to thousands of offers and discounts from national and local companies.
High pay rate
We pay more than other home care companies
Guaranteed pay contracts
You will be paid the same wage every month, whether you are on placement or not.
Generous mileage allowance
We will pay 35p per mile between your care calls to cover your travel costs.
Refer a friend scheme
If you refer a friend you will receive £100, as a thank you.
Page reviewed by Deanna Lane, Senior Clinical Lead & Dementia Specialist on May 9, 2022