Care Assistant- Days - Speedwell Court
As one of our highly valued carers, you're at the front line of care delivery. Your mission is to promote health and wellbeing by helping residents with their personal care, and supporting them with all aspects of daily living. As such, every day is different and your job is very rewarding.
Each resident is unique; the care and support they need is individualised and personal to them. You treat people with kindness and compassion, and your sensitive and respectful approach ensures residents maintain their dignity and feeling of self worth.
You assist residents at difficult times such as during periods of illness, attendance at hospital appointments or sometimes providing palliative care, and your caring input helps to make these times as easy and comfortable as possible.
You contribute to residents' emotional and intellectual wellbeing by getting to know them personally and supporting them to participate in social activities and events. You see the benefit of this stimulation by getting involved with planning, organising and delivering these home activities and functions.
To ensure each resident's needs are continually met, you participate in regular monitoring of their health, care and social needs and the preparation, implementation and review of their personal care plan. This involves liaising with other members of the staff team and people involved in the resident's care as well as with the resident themselves to ensure their needs and wishes are at the centre of the care we provide.
You strongly believe that residents' choice and independence is paramount, and you understand the need to support and work closely with residents' families and friends, offering them professional and emotional support.
The Ideal Candidate
No specific qualifications or background in care is required to become a care assistant. What’s more important is that you have a natural calling to care, and are naturally empathetic to the needs of older people. But if you do join us without previous experience, you’ll need to be willing and able to learn new skills quickly. And with our online, face to face induction, and the support of a buddy, we’ll ensure that within six months you will gain a QCF Level 2 qualification in Social Care.
So first of all you’ll need to be a caring person, and able to communicate and interact well with a wide range of people in varied situations. You’ll also need to be patient, with the ability to remain calm in difficult situations. You’ll also be a strong and supportive team player. And as you’d expect in a modern workplace, you need to be able to read, write and work with numbers to a good standard, and good at record keeping.
Better still, if you already have experience within a health or social care setting, you may benefit from a higher rate of pay. In return for this we would expect you to have a QCF Level 2 in Health & Social Care (or equivalent), and qualified to Level 1 in Maths and English.
A copy of the full job description is available here. Note that this role requires an enhanced DBS check, to be renewed every 3 years.
In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package. This includes 29 days paid leave, (pro rata), including bank/public holidays, an occupational sick pay scheme, a pension scheme, plus shop and save discounts. We also offer great career prospects, from a comprehensive induction and a ‘buddy’ to get you started, to further opportunities to progress your career as a carer, through development, to gain more experience in your role.
Best of all, we’re a charity, meaning that the interests of our valued staff and residents sit at the heart of what we do, not shareholders.
About the Company
Situated in West End, Southampton, Abbeyfield’s impressive new residential care home, Speedwell Court, offers three services – residential, dementia care and end of life care within exclusive surroundings finished to the highest specification.
Residents benefit from a range of delicious, nutritionally balanced menu choices in our dining rooms or café and daily stimulating activities from cookery workshops to local outings. A caring and fully trained team are dedicated to promoting every resident’s health and wellbeing and enjoyment of life in beautiful surroundings.
As an experienced General Manager of this home, I am committed to provide a high quality personal service tailored to meet our residents’ individual needs. I am supported by a great team of compassionate and devoted people who ensure that Speedwell Court feels like home to our residents, their family and friends.
I am so proud to lead such a new successful team where everyone’s ultimate goal is to work together to make a real difference to the lives of our residents. I share the same passionate goal as every valued member of my team of putting our residents first and treating them with respect and dignity.
If you’re after a rewarding role with lots of variety and feel that you can make a positive contribution to our team, we would be interested in hearing from you.
For more information about Speedwell Court, please click here.
The Abbeyfield Society