What characteristics make a great care worker?
First and foremost, a Care Worker needs to have a genuine concern for others. Care workers should naturally treat other people with genuine sensitivity. They should treat situations and other people without prejudice, or preconception.
A great Care Worker will listen to and empower those they look after. They do not take over but try to encourage and support in maintaining independent daily living.
A Service User must be able to depend on their care team. Tasks like helping someone to get up in the morning, to wash and dress, or take their medication, demand reliability. Care Workers should be conscientious and dependable, arriving punctually and carrying out their tasks to the best of their ability.
A good Care Worker needs to be organised and able to respond to the unexpected. The person supported may want to visit a friend, or need to attend an appointment, or indeed fall unexpectedly ill. A Care Worker needs to be able to react calmly and responsively, whatever the situation.
Great Care Workers need to be determined to make a positive difference to someone’s life. They need to interact with those they support with a cheerful demeanour. Good Care Worker understand when to take the initiative when the person the person they are supporting wants this and reacting flexibly to make sure that person can live as independently as possible.
Working in care can be a hugely rewarding experience, the role of Care Worker is also varied and interesting. The satisfaction that comes from building a constructive relationship with the person supported and helping them to achieve their desired outcomes cannot be understated.
Visit the Skills for Care website to learn more about a career in care. It is a truly rewarding career which we would be happy to talk further with you about.
If you would like to find out about joining the Gardiner’s team, please visit our recruitment pages.