Many people may not like to admit it, but care work can often be portrayed as an undervalued profession and something people go into if they don’t have any qualifications, which is why we are consistently campaigning for it to be taken more seriously as a career.
As well as being kind, caring, honest and reliable, our carers undergo extensive training in order to gain qualifications. Here at Abacare, we offer our carers the opportunity to achieve Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) after an initial six-month probationary period. They’re also given in-house training by expert trainers in first aid, health and safety, food safety, infection control, handling medication and moving and handling service users. We also offer the option of special dementia training too, so there is a lot of opportunity for carers to broaden their knowledge and skillsets, something many people don’t realise. Carers also undergo regular refresher training to make sure their skills are up-to-date throughout their time with us.
Like many other industries, there are also career advancement opportunities. Not everyone has to remain as a carer, they can work their way up to management and be in an office-based role, which is just as important as it keeps the team running smoothly.
In other industries, how often can you make someone’s day? How often can you put a smile on someone’s face and how often can you bring a real change to someone’s life and potentially even save their life? In care, making a difference like this can be a daily occurrence, bringing immense satisfaction and fulfilment.
Care work can be something a person can get into without having any prior experience, but it is just as much of a valued profession as anything else. Our service users would certainly say they value their carers, putting their lives in their hands every day.
One of our service users recently said: “At first I thought it would be uncomfortable to have people I didn’t know coming into my home to care for me, but my carers were all extremely friendly, helpful and caring and put me at ease straight away.
“I never thought that I would consider my carers to be more like a part of my extended family, but they have been incredible and I really look forward to seeing them as they brighten my day.”
We believe discussions about care being a career need to happen much earlier in people’s lives and need to be pushed more when schools and college students are looking into potential career options for themselves.
Due to the ageing population, the need for carers in the future is already growing at a rapid pace, so more people need to understand just how highly skilled and valued the profession really is. It takes a very special person to become a carer and anyone who decides to put other people first for a living, is the type of individual we want on board with us. The ageing population also means that a career in care is a very stable option and potentially a career for life for people.