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Job Introduction

As one of our highly valued carers, you're at the front line of care delivery.  Your mission is to provide timely, professional care and support services to clients in their homes as set out in their individual Care Plans to enable them to maintain their dignity and independence.

Role Responsibility

You will undertake agreed scheduled visits to clients’ homes at the frequency and times as set out in individual Care Plans, ensuring punctuality and reliability, and ensure clients’ houses are left secure on leaving.

During each visit you'll ensure each client receives the assistance they require with all elements of their personal care, being mainly oral/denture care, washing and shaving, hair care washing and grooming, showering and/or bathing, dressing/undressing, and occasionally for incontinence, stoma, catheter care, personal care aids and equipment.

You will also help clients in their mobility, ensuring adherence to safe systems of moving and handling with use of the required equipment in line with their Care Plan and risk assessments. 

You will help prepare shopping lists and undertake shopping for household food and consumables,  handle money and monitor expenditure against the Care Plan, and help prepare and serve meals, record food and fluid intake and assist with eating and drinking.

You will promote the taking of and/or directly administer prescribed medication in line with Abbeyfield policy and procedure, including where necessary collecting prescriptions and medications from a local pharmacy.

You will undertake general cleaning e.g.; tidying, dusting, vacuuming, emptying bins, light cleaning, check for out of date food in fridges/cupboards, ironing, laundry, including hand washing, changing/making beds. And if necessary clean commodes and dispose of incontinence waste, as identified in the Care Plan and as requested by the client.

Other duties, if part of the Care Plan, may include helping clients prepare for and get ready for outings, day trips, events and/or to accompany them.  Where a client is discovered or becomes unwell, you may need to arrange for a GP to visit if required, and inform next of kin and the Care @ Home Coordinator.

You will maintain close contact and develop working relationships with clients’ families and friends, offering them professional and emotional support, sensitive to individual need.  You will also assist in preparation, implementation, review and update of client Care Plans and risk assessments in line with client wishes and preferences in accordance with Abbeyfield policies.

Finally, you may need to report concerns in line with the prevailing safeguarding of vulnerable adults policy, to ensure clients are safeguarded from abuse.  

The Ideal Candidate

Experienced in health or social care, ideally working with older people, you’ll be familiar with CQC requirements.  Ideally you will be qualified to QCF Level 3 in Health & Social Care (or equivalent) or willing to undertake training to Level 3.

With more seniority comes more responsibility, so you’ll be keen to show your management skills and take charge for an entire shift, be able to work on your own initiative, and cope under pressure in a diverse and changing environment.

Importantly, you will be able to communicate and interact well with a wide range of people in varied situations, and are patient with the ability to remain calm in difficult situations.

You will need to be able to read, write and work with numbers to a good standard; with experience of accurate record keeping.  You will also be able to demonstrate that you are a strong and supportive team player.

Our domicillary carers must also have high levels of initiative, and you must be able to work alone remotely under minimum supervision, and able to organise your own time, prioritise and manage expectations during changing circumstances.  And it goes without saying that you have to maintain confidentiality and discretion at all times.

You'll need access to your own car and have a full (ideally clean) driving licence  Note that this role requires an enhanced DBS check, to be renewed every 3 years.

Package Description

At Abbeyfield, we believe that great care starts with great people. We’re committed to providing the highest standards of accommodation to our residents and we’re always keen to hear from people who share our commitment to enhancing the lives of older people in the UK.

From carers to house managers, activities coordinators to cooks, plus roles in our St Albans head office, Abbeyfield has a varied range of career options available.  By working at Abbeyfield you’ll be joining a charity with more than 400 houses and over 7000 residents. But we’re also developing new homes throughout the UK with state of the art facilities. 

In return for your commitment, we offer a great pay and benefits package. This includes:

●          29 days paid leave, including bank/public holidays (pro rata)

●          Opportunity to earn a QCF Level 3 qualification in Social Care

●          Occupational sick pay scheme

●          Company pension scheme

●          Shop and save discounts

About the Company

Sycamore House is a purpose built residential care home, situated on a quiet residential street in Sherwood, Nottingham with good transport links to the city centre.  We have 42 registered places providing safe and appropriate care in a warm, friendly environment, which includes a designated separate dementia wing named Kenyon Lodge.  Accommodation is provided over three floors with two lifts providing access to all levels, making all areas of our home accessible to those with limited or restricted mobility.

Our wide range of activities and social events, delivered by our passionate and engaging team, have a positive impact on our residents’ lives. Every member of our warm-hearted team plays a vital role in continuously supporting our residents to improve their quality of care and wellbeing.  We are proud to invest in our team throughout their career with learning programmes and continual professional development.

As part of our team at Sycamore House, you will have a fantastic opportunity to work with some amazing people and give something back to our residents by enhancing and fulfilling their lives.

If this matches your own values and you would like to know more about being part of this successful team, please do get in touch.

The Abbeyfield Society


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