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SEP 19/2013

How to be a great care worker

Whether you are looking for long or short-term care worker jobs it is important that you deliver an excellent standard of care with a real professionalism and enthusiasm for your role.

But how can you get the most out of your job while providing the best service possible?

Personal attributes

Flexibility is key to being a successful care worker, as depending on your role and specialist skills you could be faced with a variety of environments and patients each day.

This could mean you working in a range of settings including residential homes, nursing homes, day centres, supported living facilities, community support organisations and in people's homes (home care).

During this time you may also come across a large cross-section of patients with different caring needs. While your training will have taught you how to care for a diverse collection of patients it is important to be able to call on these skills when required.

This could mean anything from interacting with an individual who is hard of hearing or helping with the mobility problems of someone learning to use a wheelchair.

Communication skills are vital and if in doubt it is always worth consulting your manager or a more senior member of staff to help deal with any problems or solve any questions you may have with regards to your role or the needs of your patients.

You will need to be an effective communicator with the ability to develop relationships built on respect and trust, while remaining aware of the needs of people around you.

Positivity and being able to stay motivated are both key skills, as a can do attitude will be of great help to patients and colleagues - showing that you are not afraid to take responsibility and rise to a challenge.

This attitude can empower patients to become more confident and independent and will generally make the place in which they live or are staying feel a lot happier.

With a genuine interest in the welfare of the people you are supporting and the ability to be empathetic and sensitive to their needs carers can expect great job satisfaction, making a real difference to the lives of those they care for.

Professional attributes

Professional attributes extend into how well you adapt your personal attitude and skills towards the tasks at hand.

An excellent carer will understand the importance of continuing professional development, undertaking training and courses related to service delivery.

This can require a proactive approach to career progression and further education and could see you deliver training sessions yourself once you feel you have the experience to do so.

Find new methods of learning to update your skills and never underestimate the power of self-evaluation or team evaluation sessions. This can help not only to improve professional capabilities, but also to boost communication and teamwork skills among colleagues.

Being a carer requires following the current legislative and regulatory framework and staying up to date with best practices and ongoing research. This can be especially important if you are a specialist care worker.

Would you like to know more?

Medacs Healthcare provide a variety of care worker roles in different settings. Click here for more information.

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