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Care assistant job profile

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Make a real difference to people in your community

As a Helping Hands care assistant you’ll play a vital role in the lives of our customers, giving them the choice to stay in the comfort of their own homes.

If you’re passionate about helping people in your community on a one-to-one basis, we’d like to hear from you. We’re looking for naturally compassionate people to assist adults of all ages who are in need of some extra help at home.

Previous care experience is not essential as we provide our award-winning training before you start. And with ongoing support from your local branch and the opportunity to shadow a carer, you get all the assistance you need to really make a difference in your new role.

Role and responsibilities of a care assistant

As a care assistant for Helping Hands, otherwise known as a visiting carer, you’ll drop-in on a number of customers each day, providing help around the home and with each of their individual care needs.

Your responsibilities may involve:

  • Personal care – help with getting in and out bed, washing, bathing, dressing and, when necessary, help going to the toilet.
  • Overseeing medication – with appropriate training first and all based on the customer’s personal care plan.
  • Household chores – help with tasks and chores around the home, such as vacuuming or preparing meals.
  • Running errands – many of our customers require support getting out and about, so you’ll assist with tasks such as shopping or picking up prescriptions.
  • Companionship – provide company for your customers, treating them with dignity, patience and compassion at all times.

We’re looking for new care champions across England and Wales who can start soon. Search for the latest vacancies here.

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Flexible work that fits around you

Becoming a care assistant provides so many flexible work options.

With visits from as little as 30 minutes a week, you can choose between full-time or part-time work and even the days or times you’re available to work on a regular basis.

You’ll be expected to travel to customer homes across your local area, so a full valid UK driving licence and access to a car are both essential in most locations. In return, we offer a very generous mileage allowance.

What it’s like to be a care assistant

Essential requirements for care assistant jobs

It takes a special type of person to make a great carer. You’ll have excellent interpersonal and communication skills for a start. Being chatty helps. Being a good listener is a necessity.

If you meet all the following requirements and are independent, fit, healthy and keen to learn, then you may be a Helping Hands kind of person.

You must have:

  • Full and valid UK driving licence and access to a car (in most locations)
  • Right to work in the UK
  • Good communication skills

Your experience and suitability for the role

After nearly 30 years of finding and recruiting exceptional carers, we’ve found that previous care experience is not essential. What’s more important is that you’re a naturally compassionate, caring and patient person with a true desire to make a difference to people’s everyday lives.

We have an assessment and selection that takes you through the ins and outs of the role, giving you the confidence and know-how to really excel in your new profession. And we provide ongoing support and extra training throughout your career.

With Helping Hands, we really do invest in you. We live and breathe our values of focusing on people, providing excellence every time, listening and understanding, and building on our successes.

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