Myth busting carers – What does it take to make a career in the care sector?
At Good Oaks Home Care, we pride ourselves on our PRIDE values of care: Professionalism, respect, integrity, dedication and empathy. We have noticed that many people feel they can’t be a carer if they don’t have previous experience, or they are worried about certain aspects of the work and that is putting them off trying care as a career. So, we wanted to create the ultimate guide to myth busting the care sector, so that those looking at care as a career can really understand what it’s like, understand the work it involves and what support you will get from us. Care is an incredibly rewarding career, in fact, it’s probably one of the most rewarding, because every day your work and your actions help to change someone’s life for the better.
Can anyone be a carer?
Yes and no. At Good Oaks we believe that yes, anyone can get the skills and experience to be a carer, but that actually what’s more important than having experience is having the right attitude. When we hire, we look to find people that are passionate and enthusiastic about helping to change the lives of our clients and someone that shares our PRIDE values. We can teach you everything you need to get started, or retrain as a carer, and we can help you progress that career as well, but we cannot teach a caring nature and passion. We believe that learning and training is a life-long process and that’s why our team support has lots of additional courses you can do to ensure that you always feel confident and supported.
What is the rate of pay like?
We can’t speak for every care provider in terms of their rates of pay, but at Good Oaks Home Care we believe that the best way to get and keep the best carers, is to look after our team. This includes excellent rates of pay and a host of benefits, including a Long Stay Bonus for carers who have been with us for a while. We are one of the only care providers to publish our pay rates publicly, because we believe that transparency is important.
At Good Oaks we offer:
Paid volunteer days
Match funding for courses to help you develop your skills and interests.
The one million step challenge
Market leading wages, starting from £10.65/hour for care assistants
28 days paid holiday pro rata
Mileage paid £0.35/mile
Long stay bonuses and paid training
Employment perks and benefits
Career progression opportunities
The only carbon neutral care role in the area (*we plant trees to offset the carbon we produce!)
I’m nervous about some of the aspects of personal care for others, what does being carer actually involve?
This is a subject that seems to put a lot of people off care – the personal care side of the job. Possibly because we are all worried about getting things wrong or not doing things the right way or just being embarrassed. The truth is that being a carer involves helping people with personal care, this could mean helping them to shower or use the toilet. It can involve applying creams and dressings and helping someone get dressed or undressed. This is something that many of us, unless we have cared for a family member, child or partner, will probably not have experienced before, so it’s natural to want to make sure you are doing it right and in a respectful way.
At Good Oaks Home Care, we will provide you with all the training that you will need so that you will know exactly what to do across all aspects of the caring role. Feeling confident in your skills and experience is one key way to overcome concerns or embarrassment you may feel. It’s also important to remember that our clients need help with these personal care situations, and they are used to receiving help. Most importantly, you will receive support and you will shadow other experienced carers when you start, they will help walk you through the job and they are a great resource of knowledge. This means when you start with clients, you will have met them before and will have been through their routines with other carers by your side.
We find empathy and respect are hugely appreciated by our clients in these situations – at the end of the day you are helping them to lead their lives to their fullest.
Who will I be working with?
We think it’s important that all our carers and clients have things in common and shared interests, that’s why we do an in-depth interview with both our new clients and our carers so we know your interests to match you up with clients. That way you will always have something to talk about and bond over.
What sort of training will I get?
At Good Oaks Home Care, we provide full training in all parts of the job, so that you always feel confident. We use an online system that updates in real time so that you can see at the start of your shift if anything has happened with your clients that you should be aware of – for example a change in medication or if they haven’t been feeling well. You also have support from your team and other carers available at your finger tips with our online system and over the phone. Meaning that advice and help is only ever a click or call away.
What happens when I start work as a carer? Will I be on my own straight away?
No, not at all. Following your initial training period, you will shadow an experienced carer, which will help you learn the routines, meet your clients and ask any questions. You will never feel on your own at Good Oaks, with a team always on call to assist or ask any questions.
Once I’m a carer what can I do to advance my career? What options are available to me and how will Good Oaks help me achieve my career goals?
We believe in taking on and developing our talented carers. We want you to be able to grow your skills and to continue to learn, we provide ongoing training to ensure you are always up to date with the latest information. We also offer money towards training courses to help you develop your interests. There will be opportunities to work up through the care levels should you wish, and you may even want to become a Good Oaks Care Home Franchisee yourself one day – we have had carers join us who have gone on to open their own Good Oaks business, so the sky is the limit.
This article has really helped! I’d like to look into care as a career with Good Oaks Home Care, how do I find out more?
If you’d like to find out more about becoming a carer, or even a franchisee, then we’d love to hear from you. We really do believe that our talented carers make a huge difference to the lives of our clients and so we believe that excellent pay rates and a marketing-leading employment package are essential to find the very best carers. You can start your carer journey on our careers page here: careers.goodoakshomecare.co.uk or why not call our team on 01202 757787.