Being a Care Assistant at Herefordshire Care Homes

Care Assistant at Herefordshire Care Homes come from all walks of life. You may have no or minimal experience but are keen to explore a new career in care. If you are kind, friendly and care about the life about older people then we could have just the role for you.
Being a Care Assistant supports residents to remain as independent as possible respecting their rights to choice, privacy and dignity. It also means having fun and using your skill to keep people connected to their communities. It also means working flexibly as part of a team to support residents with new interests, hobbies and wellbeing in a stimulating homely environment.

What you’ll need

Experience of caring for others would be useful, not necessarily you may have looked after an relative or friend. More important though is your kind-hearted nature, your belief in teamwork and your ability to use your initiative and imagination, follow instructions and prioritise a busy workload, youre great at keeping records too. Above all, you have a natural ability to help make the lives of others more fulfilling and want to work in an environment where the work can be hard, but also fun and rewarding.

Job Description

• To support each of the residents to remain as active and independent as possible within the constraints of their condition.
• Demonstrate skill and imagination in helping residents deal with everyday difficulties arising from their memory problems or physical health.
• Encourage and support each resident to do as much as possible for themselves in all aspects of daily living, which will include washing, dressing and continence.
• Use initiative and imagination in helping residents succeed at familiar tasks.
• Work flexibly, providing help with physical care as and when necessary to maximise opportunities for the residents to enjoy previous recreational interests, social and religious preferences.
• Respect the residents’ rights of choice, privacy, and dignity and be sensitive to each persons needs.
• Work together with the team on goals that are directly relevant to daily life of each resident and his or her family members by implementing individualised ‘active living’ programmes.
• Demonstrate an ability to build and maintain relationships with people whose understanding is impaired and their families through good communication skills.
• Offer many opportunities each day for residents to engage in situations with personal meaning, a sense of community, choices and fun.
• Take responsibility by following tailored plans of assistance for mobility, communication, social interaction, nutrition and physical care.
• Encourage residents to engage in physical exercises and activities to help increase strength and dexterity.
• Assist residents with their mobility having received training in the use appropriate equipment and will be responsible for the safe and proper use of such equipment.
• Work independently and show initiative at maintaining a stimulating and homely environment for each resident.
• Complete and maintain necessary daily records painting a full picture of social engagement, activities and physical care.
• Assist with serving meals and drinks and support residents with their meals.

• Respect rights for privacy and demonstrate high professional standards of propriety in their day-to-day work.
• Understand and maintain confidentiality at all times.
• Liaise with other professionals and relatives to achieve the best outcome for each resident.
• Attend training as required to enhance and update their skills and maintain a record of this training
• Maintain a safe environment for other staff, residents and visitors through an awareness of statutory requirements for fire, health and safety and manual handling policies.
• Undertake any other activities which may be deemed necessary by the senior staff in the home