Our care givers list job satisfaction, building friendships with those they work with and care for and the chance to further their qualifications as the key benefits of working in the profession.
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.
It is fantastic to hear staff say how much they enjoy working for us and many of them often recommend us to their friends too. In order for our employees to continue benefitting from job satisfaction, we ensure we offer them a variety of company benefits, such as a recommend a friend reward scheme, a discount scheme for local and national retailers and offer flexible hours and contracts including zero, 16, 24 and 30 hours where possible.
Kaydee Diggens, who works as a carer for us, said: “I have worked at Abacare for more than a year and have found it to be one of the most rewarding areas to work in. By caring for our service users, I can make a big difference to their day and sometimes I can be the only friendly face they will see that day or even that week. Knowing they look forward to my visit and knowing I can help them live an independent and dignified life in the comfort of their own home is a great feeling and one I believe would be difficult to find in another industry.
“They also make a great difference to my day too as I really enjoy chatting with them and getting to know them more. Service users who I provide long-term care to can become like a second family who always put a smile on my face. I’ve also made friends for life in the other carers – we are a great team and are always there for each other if things get tough.
“Working in care is always challenging and no two days are the same. I really enjoy the variety of the different tasks I have to do and the different people I see on a daily basis. I don’t have a boring, repetitive job.
“As well as making a difference to people’s lives, I can also make a difference to my own and gain extra training and nationally recognised qualifications, meaning I can move up the career ladder and create a job for life for myself.
“There are also great incentives to work at Abacare such as its recommend a friend scheme and discount scheme, which offers deals at various retailers.”
No experience is necessary to become a carer as free, full training is offered in addition to a period of working alongside experienced carers. Comprehensive training includes a company induction, first aid, information on dementia, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users, with the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) from the beginning of employment.
New recruits are given free uniforms, access to national staff discount scheme for all major brands as well as 28 days paid holiday, paid travel between calls and paid mileage.
We are also offering FaceTime or Skype interviews to candidates in order to meet the demands of the modern jobseeker. Its view is that busy people wanting a career change can ‘meet’ the team via FaceTime or similar applications and find out about the roles it has to offer, as well as meet a couple of team members and, if they are about, also say ‘hello’ to a carer too.
Anyone interested in joining the team should get in touch.