Care Assistant Responsibilities
As a Care Assistant, you will play a vital role in looking after our residents’ physical and emotional well-being and social needs. Using your excellent communication skills and ability to put others at ease, you’ll be tasked with delivering the highest standard of personalised care to residents.
Following individual care plans, you will act as a key worker for a named group of residents and will participate in leisure activities as appropriate, including escorting residents to appointments and outings. Your responsibilities will include making, changing and tidying rooms, undertaking general light cleaning duties helping to serve meals and providing appropriate support to residents who need additional assistance.
Care Assistant Requirements
Effective, confident communication and interpersonal skills are essential for developing good internal relationships with your team, residents and relatives. You’ll need to understand and comply with statutory and legal requirements such as Health and Safety, COSHH and the Care Standards Act; as well as possessing sound knowledge in Infection Prevention and Control policies.
An attentive self-starter, you will be alert to residents’ physical and mental wellbeing so that you can immediately report any changes in a resident’s condition to a senior person on duty.
At Orchard Care Homes we believe in the continued learning and development of our staff. You will be supported to work towards your NVQ2 in Direct Care within 12 months of taking up this position.
Above all, we are looking for enthusiastic individuals who will show support and kindness to our residents and help make their days enriched and fulfilling.
What our Care Assistants say
For me, it’s being able to put a smile on a resident’s face. They have all become like family to me and I love to see them happy. It's not just me talking to them, as they seem generally interested in my life, asking me about my childhood, and we enjoy long conversations about things like that. They are always keen to know what shifts I am working and it’s such a nice feeling knowing that I am making a difference to their lives.
Often respite patients don’t want to leave us once their recovery time is over, which must mean we must be doing something right!
You’ve got to meet the residents’ emotional needs because a lot of the time, they just want a hug and that’s what is important in care.