Carers look after people who need help due to disability, illness or frailty. They can work with both young and old people, supporting them with their day-to-day life. They may help with shopping, making meals, laundry, dressing, cleaning, washing, and other duties, depending on what the person needs.
Experience: Work or life experience (caring for a friend or family member) is welcomed but not necessary.
Work hours: Typically 1-39 hours per week. There can be varied shift patterns including night shifts.
We've helped many Beam members start work as a care worker, see their stories here.
Day to day
Assisting residents with personal care duties such as bathing, dressing, toileting
Monitor the health of the service user and report any significant changes
Supporting at meal times: preparing and serving meals
Activities: assisting with daily hobbies which may occur in or outside of the home
Pros and cons of a carer role
✅ Making a daily difference to a vulnerable person’s life
✅ Lots of variety in day-to-day and the opportunity to partake in fun activities
✅ Full training provided and great progression opportunities within Healthcare
✅ Carers working in care homes are rarely working alone and can learn from colleagues
❌ Entry-level positions often paid at minimum wage
❌ Personal care is intimate and may be hard, physical work
❌ May require anti-social working hours such as early starts and weekends
❌ Domiciliary Care Assistants may be required to travel from house to house
❌ Domiciliary Care Assistants may be required to work alone in most shifts
Where to look for a role
There are many employers currently hiring and use search terms such as "care worker" or "care assistant" on jobs boards.
Some companies to get you started: