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Carer Jobs Overview Being a carer is a job for those with a patient, compassionate and friendly nature, who can relate ...

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Carer Jobs Overview

Being a carer is a job for those with a patient, compassionate and friendly nature, who can relate to people from all backgrounds. Providing support for adults and children who have difficulty performing essential daily activities is a demanding, but also a very rewarding job. Duties can include helping with ordinary household chores, shopping, paying bills, washing, dressing and feeding clients and organising leisure activities. Some of those who have carer jobs can also drive their clients to doctors' appointments and therapy sessions. Child and teenage clients may also require driving to school or college. The aim of anyone with a carer job should be to make every client’s life comfortable and meaningful, while assisting them to be as independent as possible.

Carer Jobs Educational Requirements

All applicants will first need to undergo a background check through the Disclosure and Barring Service to ensure that they are fit to work with vulnerable adults and children. Entry is then generally dependent on prior experience, which can be gained through volunteer work, or by having cared for a disabled family member or friend. There are various courses for those who would like to enhance their knowledge in specific areas, depending on the type of carer job involved. Some responsibilities and duties may be more suitable for those with previous experience in physiotherapist jobs. Where the jobs involves working with children and adults with learning disabilities, a Level 2 Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities course may be required, and upon successful completion, candidates can go on to advance their career with occupational therapist jobs. A Level 2 Awareness of Dementia may also be required, especially for prospective qualifications for social worker jobs.

Carer Jobs Market

Carer jobs are frequently available throughout the UK in care home, hospital and residential settings. There are also flexible, part-time and live-in care jobs on offer. Local authority social service departments, as well as private agencies are also frequently seeking carers.

Carer Jobs Salary Information

The median salary for a carer is approximately £6 to £8 per hour, although this can vary depending on the employer. Many care jobs include free or low-rent accommodation and attractive overtime rates. Location is also a determining factor.

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