What is a carer?

A carer or caregiver at Care 1st is a paid individual who supports adults and couples of all ages from 18 to over 100 years with activities to support their daily living and wellbeing in their own home.  

As a home carer, you will make a real difference to the everyday lives of vulnerable adults by providing them with the physical and emotional support that they need to live independently and with dignity in the home that they know, are familiar with and love.

A home carer with Care 1st provides the individual that they support with the ability to go about their day-to-day activities with the comfort and support of having someone on hand should they need it. 

How does live-in care work?

What types of carer are there? 

There are many types of carer; home carers, visiting carers, live-in carers, domiciliary carers, residential carers, disability support workers, private carers to name but a few. Here at Care 1st we offer a variety of home carers and home care services which include: 

  • Visiting carers who pop in from time to time 
  • Live-in carers who live in the home 24/7
  • Respite carers who can either visit or live with you round-the-clock for a temporary period 
  • Support workers who can assist individuals (pop in or 24/7) with mental, physical, behavioural or learning disabilities, in independent living, shared accommodation or in the family home 

All of our carers are DBS checked for their suitability, expertly trained and supported by our extensive care team to ensure that the care we provide is nothing short of exceptional. Here at Care 1st we are proud to be fully regulated and accredited by the CQC. In layman’s terms this means that we have the official stamp of approval from our governing body that we offer a safe, effective, caring, responsive, well-led service – to provide our customers’ peace of mind.  

What does a carer do?

A carer is an individual who provides dignified support and assistance to enable the elderly, couples, or younger adults with complex needs with the ability to live independently in their own home. As a carer you may assist with many different task these vary from: 

  • Personal care – helping you or your loved one get up and about in the morning 
  • Mobility support – helping you stay stable on your feet whilst moving around at home or out and about 
  • Assisting with daily household duties such as doing the washing up and popping the bins out 
  • Running errands, collecting shopping and picking up prescriptions 
  • Preparing or assisting you to prepare healthy & nutritious meals
  • Providing a little simple companionship, sharing a cup of tea and a natter 
  • Helping you to get out and about in the community
  • Accompanying you to see relatives, friends and popping in on neighbours
  • Assisting with household admin and bills  

The most important aspect of a carers role is to enable and assist the individuals they support, so that they remain independent and don’t feel that someone else is taking over their life. A carer also provides continuity, a familiar face and peace of mind for individuals and their loved ones that there is someone on hand when they need them most. 

There are so many incredible opportunities to enrich another individual’s life as a home carer, ranging from providing visiting care to customers in the local area, to living with your customer at their home anywhere across the South West of the UK. Many of our carers support with personal care, cooking and mobility on a daily basis, and some of them are lucky enough to have the opportunity to take day trips and even go on holiday to support their customer. 

What conditions can a carer support with? 

As a home carer you’ll be on hand to offer practical and emotional support to support many different individuals, from young adults to those getting into their later years and with a range of conditions, which may include: 

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimers 
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Parkinson’s
  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Palliative & end of life care
  • Frailty and mobility needs
  • Autism spectrum disorder 
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain or spinal cord injuries
  • Depression & anxiety disorders
  • Substance issues – such as alcoholism or drug misuse 

Here at Care 1st our priority is to ensure that our carers have the training and support to confidently assist individuals who live with a range of complex conditions, to live independently at home. Our goal is to ensure that no matter what condition an individual lives with, if they have the desire and want to live independently at home, we provide the necessary service and support to enable them to do this. 

What qualities does a carer need? 

It is important for anyone considering becoming a home carer to realise that it can be an overwhelming role at times but also incredibly rewarding. It is important that you as an individual are passionate and put the needs of others first so that you can look after the person you are supporting so that you offer them complete dignity and respect. 

There are many qualities that we search for in our carers, but the key qualities are: 

  • Compassion & empathy 
  • A kind caring nature
  • Sensitive to the needs of others 
  • Ability to carefully listen and communicate well 
  • Non-patronising & respectful at all times 
  • Robust nature and reliable
  • Patient to a fault 
  • Ability to be glass full, with a sunny disposition 
  • Practical – able to carry out a variety of household duties 
  • Observant to changes in the health & wellbeing of your customers 
  • Be physically fit to support customers with mobility needs 

You don’t need to have previous care experience to become a Care 1st home carer, the most important factor is attitude and a passionate, caring nature, as long as you have these qualities we can teach you to become an exceptional Care 1st carer. 

As a carer you’ll need to be able to set aside your own personal feelings about situations from time to time, to ensure that the person you assist feels comfortable and supported at all times.

To ensure that you feel ready and that our customers are reassured of your quality as a carer and suitability to support their loved one, we perform in depth background checks which include Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) screening, a full and comprehensive interview & assessment process and we put you through your paces with our internal theory and practical hands-on training. 

How do I become a carer? 

If you are considering becoming a carer, we don’t ask you for any specific qualifications and you won’t need a background in care work, we train all of our exceptional carers through in-house training and through on the job mentoring and coaching. You’ll get all of the theory and practical training to perform your role to a superior level so that your customers feel in the safest of hands. 

What we look for in a carer are the key personal skills that cannot be trained. You must have the ability to show compassion, patience, care, respect, the ability to listen, display resilience, flexibility and most of all you’ll need to be kind & empathetic to the individual that you support. Our visiting and live-in carers need superior communication skills, speak clearly with clarity, display sensitivity and empathy every single day, so that our customers feel that their independence, dignity, privacy and choice, are always protected and never ignored. 

Here at Care 1st we’ll provide you with full comprehensive training – so previous experience is not essential. 

You’ll need to display: 

  • Kind, caring, empathetic characteristics 
  • Show incredible listening and communication skills 
  • Be reliable and dependable 
  • Have patience and resilience 
  • Be committed and able to be flexible around the demands of the role
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends when needed, and for live-in support workers be happy to live in the customers home to support them 24/7
  • A full UK driving licence, and your own transport to get to and from customers houses 

So what do we offer you? 

Care 1st is a really friendly, professional and highly regarded care company which has fantastic career prospects and rates of pay for individuals willing to work hard. Many of our Care & Support Managers started life with us as a carer or support worker. We strongly believe in empowering our teams and ensure that they have the tools and support from day one to develop their careers. In return as a carer you’ll receive good pay and rewards, full ongoing training & development, exceptional levels of support and on the job coaching and mentoring, a support network of people around you that truly care about your development and wellbeing. 

What’s more the greatest reward of all is to see the people you support day-to-day thrive, enjoy life and smile! 

If this sounds good to you and you are interested in becoming a carer with Care 1st, we have visiting care branches in Bristol, Berkshire, Gloucestershire and Swindon. We also provide live-in carers and support workers across the county, so you’ll have the opportunity as a live-in carer to work anywhere within the South West region of the UK. 

If you’d like to apply to be either a visiting carer, live-in carer or support worker – please call us today on 0117 968 4809,  or fill in the form below and we’ll contact you. Thank you for your interest in Care 1st!