There are so many benefits to working in care. In the current climate, job security is not often a given. As we have an ageing population, the need for carers is growing every day.
The number of elderly people over the age of 80 is expected to increase by 44% in Wales by 2030.
The day-to-day work of a carer is incredibly rewarding. You will be visiting numerous service users each day and often you could be the only person they see. Most will want to chat and this will turn into a blossoming friendship. Your visit not only benefits their day, but yours as well.
Our carers often tell us that the service users have become more like friends and even family, and vice versa.
Stacey Elliot, a carer at our Ebbw Vale branch, said: “I meet wonderful service users on a daily basis, who have become more like friends and even family to me. It feels great to know I can brighten up their day and make a difference to their lives with the care I provide.”
Having a stable job also gives you great peace of mind. We’re a friendly bunch and offer support to all colleagues, whether they’re new or have been with us for years.
We also welcome their feedback and any recommendations for other carers to join us. We run a refer-a-friend scheme where current staff can recommend their friends and receive £250 in high street vouchers. The scheme has been incredibly successful and has seen lots of friends and even members of the same families join us.
Care training and career advancement
When you join us, we’ll provide you with free, full training. This includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users.
New recruits are given free uniforms, access to our national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.
The beauty with a job for life is that there is room to grow. We’ll support you if you wish to take on more training and move up the ladder.
After the three months probationary period there is the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF). We also offer management courses and training for progression in care for all staff.
Supported, flexible learning
By supporting our staff and encouraging their career advancement and providing opportunities to strengthen and extend their knowledge we’re also helping provide an exceptional service to all those members of the public we support too.
We regularly poll our team to find out how they feel about the profession and their role, and the overwhelming response is one of great love for their job and the service users they care for. We believe if more people knew about the benefits, job satisfaction and potential to have a job for life, then they’d be inclined to sign up.
In other industries, how often can you make someone’s day? How often can you put a smile on someone’s face? How often can you bring real change to someone’s life and potentially save their life? In care, making a difference like this can be a daily occurrence, bringing immense satisfaction and fulfilment.
People of all ages and levels of experience are welcome to join us. If you think care sounds like the career for you, please get in touch.