Domiciliary carers provide practical support with daily activities to people with disabilities. Exact duties vary but may include carrying out housework and supporting clients to feed and wash themselves.
Domiciliary carers require a caring approach and a desire to help and support people of all ages. For some carer jobs, an NVQ level 2 and 3 in Health and Social Care is required. However, many employers take on staff with no qualifications and encourage them to work towards these qualifications during the course of their employment. Knowledge of health and safety and experience of working with in a caring role is a prerequisite for many jobs. A medical check and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance are also required. For jobs in the community, a driving licence is essential to visit clients in different locations.
Domiciliary carers are employed by local authority social services departments, voluntary organisations and private care agencies. Their work may span across a range of settings, including clients own homes, sheltered housing, nursing homes and day centres. The availability of permanent and temporary jobs is likely to increase as life expectancies increase. Jobs may be able to be sourced directly from domiciliary carer employers or through recruitment agencies.
Starting salaries for domiciliary carers lie between £12,000 and £16,000 a year. With experience, qualifications and additional responsibilities, yearly salaries may rise to between £18,000 and £21,000. Those working night shifts, public holidays and weekends may attract higher salaries. Experienced domiciliary carers may be able to move into senior domiciliary carer or supervisory jobs.