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: