The purpose of home care/domiciliary care workers is to assist individuals who find it difficult to live a normal life, whilst allowing them to maintain their sense of dignity and independence.
A home care worker is expected to undertake tasks which would be expected of the individual's family and not of a qualified nurse. Tasks could include; dressing, undressing, washing, bathing and feeding.
There are no specific qualification requirements for people who would like to become a home care worker; however all candidates are expected to have a valid Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. Candidates must also be organised, flexible, caring and a good communicator. All home care workers must also be aware of their specific responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
There are many different avenues to get into home care. Many people apply seek employment using recruitment agencies, which will often provide an abundance of part time and full time home care jobs throughout the country.
In most cases a home care worker will only work part time for a specific individual. The average salary for full time staff is around £14,000; however this could drastically vary according to the working hours and the tasks that are required.