What makes a good care assistant?

Working in care isn’t always the easiest job in the world, however it is extremely rewarding. You have the opportunity to meet people from all different backgrounds and cultures and you really can make a difference to someone’s life. In this article, we will investigate what makes a good carer.

Friendliness – in any care job, you are likely to be interacting with many different clients, so being able to put them at ease by being friendly is vital. Carers should have a general positive demeanour in order to encourage clients.

Empathy – Above any personal attributes is an ability to show empathy, all healthcare professionals must be able to empathise with the lives of those receiving care. Carers must appreciate that each client is a person and not just a list of medical ailments.

Reliability – Care assistants must be reliable as the people receiving care depend greatly on these members of staff. Clients must be able to depend on the fact that clients will attend all shifts punctually.

Flexibility – Due to the nature of the work, there’s often no set pattern to shifts in the world of care. Some start early on a morning and others late at night when a service user is going to bed. Carers are often required 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a carer you must be flexible with your shifts as there is no 9 ‘til 5 in care.

If you think you'd make a good carer and would like to join our team of dedicated staff, please email a copy of your CV to agency@ascotcare.co.uk