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What Roles Can Care First UK Offer?

As a care worker your primary goal will always be to support some of societies’ most vulnerable people.

With a broad range of needs and requirements, there are many different roles within the care sector, and here, we detail some of the roles we can offer you, and what kind of work they’ll entail.

The Roles

Residential Care Roles

Residential Care homes provide 24-hour care for individuals who aren’t able to live completely independently, but don’t need nursing care.

The service users in Residential Care homes are primarily elderly people, but the service extends to anyone over the age of 18 in need of support.

Residents will live on site and have access to various facilities and common rooms.

Working in a residential care home, you’ll be expected to undertake a wide range of tasks depending on the level of support an individual resident might need, but you’ll often assist with:

  • washing,

  • dressing,

  • using the bathroom,

  • taking medication, and

  • any mobility needs.

Depending on your role at the home, you may also be in charge of organising in-house entertainment and even off-site day trips.

Nursing Care Roles

Similar to Residential Care homes, Nursing homes offer many of the same services and facilities but can also provide medical care from a qualified nurse.

For service users with specific conditions or disabilities, Nursing homes provide an environment where they can live their lives to the fullest extent, while also receiving the medical attention they need.

Nurses and Support Workers are available 24 hours a day to provide care for services users who need assistance with:

  • rehabilitative care,

  • learning disabilities,

  • mental health issues,

  • physical disabilities, and

  • dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Other specialist care homes can also provide aid to those suffering with alcohol and drug dependency, as well as offering palliative care for those with terminal illnesses.

To see an example of the kind of roles we have for both Residential Care and Nursing Care, click here.

Community Support Roles

Working as in Community Support, you’ll be making regular visits throughout a particular community with clients who still live at home but need day-to-day support with a variety of tasks.

The service users will usually be elderly people, or sometimes those who have just been released from hospital.

Tasks can range from:

  • assisting with personal care routines,

  • meal preparation,

  • medication support, and

  • light domestic work like washing up or helping with the service users’ pets.

Alongside the more functional assistance, you would also be providing much needed social and mental support by going on outings with the client, such as:

  • afternoon teas,

  • meals out,

  • general well-being catch-ups, and

  • attending community events.

Click here to see an example of the exciting opportunities this role can offer.

Learning Disability Support Roles

Homes dedicated to learning disabilities provide support to older children and younger adults with conditions such as Autism or Down’s Syndrome.

Working as part of a team or on a one-to-one basis, you’ll be assisting services users with activities to help them develop:

  • social skills,

  • vocational skills,

  • educational skills, and

  • life skills.

Depending on the severity of the disability, services users might also need help with mobility, heading, speaking, and eating.

Some users with moderate learning disabilities may only need minimal personal care, but also more social support.

To see an example of one of our roles in a Learning Disability home, click here.

Live in Care Roles

As a live in carer, you’ll live with a client and provide 24-hour support.

This role encompasses a wide range of responsibilities, including:

  • companionship,

  • meal preparation,

  • housekeeping,

  • personal care support, and

  • medical support.

The period of time that you stay with the client will be agreed upon ahead of time, and the level of support will depend on the difficulties the service user has.

You can see an example of our Live in Care roles here.

Supported Living in Residential Unit Roles

As a Support Worker on a residential unit, you’ll provide support to services users who live full time on site.

Each residential site will be dedicated to a specific group of service users, whether it’s the elderly, those with mental health requirements, or people with learning disabilities.

Working at a supported living residential unit, you can expect to help residents with:

  • cooking,

  • cleaning,

  • medication,

  • their hobbies,

  • financial support,

  • travel, and

  • recreational activities.

You can view an example of our supported living roles here.

Care Coordinator Roles

Not all work in the care sector is out in the field.

As a Care Coordinator, you’ll be responsible for ensuring that everything “behind the scenes” is taken care of.

Working closely with Care Management, you’ll undertake various tasks, such as:

  • weekly staff rostering,

  • liaising with current and new clients,

  • client assessments and reviews,

  • ensuring CQC regulations are met,

  • occasional field work.

To see an example of this exciting and dynamic role, click here.

How We Can Help

Are you looking to enter the care profession? You can view how we can help you here.

Alternatively, contact our friendly team of recruiters today on 01202 854777 Monday to Friday, and 07785 331104 or 07810 349555 evenings and weekends, or email them at recruitment@carefirstuk

You can also see all of our current vacancies here.

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