If you are thinking of becoming a care assistant then you have already taken the first step in making a difference to a person’s life. Caring about others and pursuing a career in care needs individuals who have a desire to improve people’s quality of daily life.
Joining our care team at Agincare offers you a chance to fulfil your call to care, with competitive pay, great benefits and flexibility as well as a fully supported care assistant training programme.
Why work for Agincare?
We are a family-owned business that has provided reliable and professional care since 1986. We pride ourselves in putting the person first and fully understanding the needs of each individual, ensuring a good fit between care worker and customer at all times.
We are one of the largest care groups in England with over 3500 staff. There will always be support for the job you do, from our head office to your fellow care staff. We are here to help you offer our customers the excellent care that we are so highly regarded for.
We also provide you with full training so that you are equipped with nationally recognised qualifications as you embark upon, and progress your career in care.
In every Agincare care home we strive to provide a warm, friendly and stimulating environment for all; communities that offer activity, independence and, most importantly, the choice to live their lives the way they want to. Central to everything we do is to treat people as individuals, which we call person-centred care.
The role of a care assistant is to provide practical support and care to residents including personal, social and therapeutic care whilst adhering to their person-centred care plan and working within the confines of the residential home’s policies and procedures. Also, to participate in plans to promote an environment contributing to a high standard of care according to the residents’ needs and wishes.
While each of our residential homes has its own style and facilities, each one offers its residents comfort, security and the support they need.
Care assistant job description
Working as a care assistant in one of our care or nursing homes involves a variety of duties. These range from responsibilities such as washing and dressing residents to helping with everyday tasks like paying bills and providing emotional support and companionship.
Some of your duties will include
Personal care – help to get up or going to bed, washing, bathing, dressing and going to the toilet
Supervision of medication – overseeing when medication is taken (training will always be given according to the customer’s care plan)
Companionship – offering emotional support, making conversation, keeping one another company
Social interaction – this can include helping residents take part in leisure activities, games, and day trips
Often the types of duties you will undertake will be resident specific after all everyone has different needs and our person-centric approach places huge importance on getting to know our residents.
Prioritising a resident’s well-being and quality of life is something that we are truly proud of. We believe in all our people, and empowering our staff to put a person’s care needs first, is what excellent care is all about.
As a care assistant, you will work directly with residents. Getting to know the person you are caring for and understanding their needs enables you to nurture your relationship with them, this is the very foundation of good care provision.
Even without experience as a care assistant, if you have the passion to care for others, we will ensure you have the right training for your role. We will offer you full support as you embark on a rewarding career that will make a difference to someone’s quality of daily life.
Employee Assistance Programme with access to medical, financial and emotional support
Supported training provision
A voice to share your ideas to improve and develop the service
How flexible is the work of a care assistant?
Working as a care assistant offers flexibility that fits around your lifestyle. There are full time and part-time roles available, and those can also be tailored to the days and times that you are available for work.
Do you need experience to become a care assistant?
Experience is not always necessary as we are prepared to offer successful candidates comprehensive training. It’s important that you have a desire to care for people and improve their quality of life. We expect a high standard of English language – written and spoken and strong communication skills.
What qualities does a care assistant need?
We are looking for caring, compassionate and friendly individuals who are trustworthy, patient and kind. Being a care assistant requires reliable, motivated people, who are resourceful in their approach to caring for others. Often you will need to adapt to situations as they arise but we are here to support you and ensure you have all the backing and reassurance to meet any challenges you may face. Ultimately, we need people who have a good heart.
What do care assistants do?
The role of a care assistant within one of our care homes is to provide practical support and care to residents. We pride ourselves is getting to know our residents and your role as a care assistant is really important to providing that level of personalised care. Client care responsibilities can include washing, dressing and helping with everyday tasks like paying bills, as well as providing emotional support or company.
Do I have to pay for my DBS?
No, you will not be expected to cover the cost of your DBS check.
How much do care assistants get paid?
We offer competitive rates of pay. See individual jobs for exact rates.