I'm thinking of applying for this job, but not exactly sure what it entails. Has anyone tried it, did you enjoy it? Opinions please.
It depends on who you are caring for and where. Is it young disabled people or elderly? In a home, school or hospital? Or is it caring for people in their own homes?
I have a severely disabled cousin who is cared for at home by care support workers.
They tend to work alone, calling in on people and getting them out of bed, preparing meals, washing, bathing, shaving them, taking them to the toilet. There is often some cleaning or shopping involved too.
They might have one person or family to work with, or a list of several and have to go from one to the next - like get Mr A up and give him breakfast, then go clean for Mr B and get lunch, then back to Mr A for tea, then go to Mr C to put him to bed.
My cousin's carers sleep in her home overnight on a shift rota.
It is different in a residential setting; you will be part of a team and the care will focus on personal care, feeding and medication, as well as encouraging them to stay active.
If you are applying for the job, there should be a job description telling you what is involved?
Either way, you will work hard and the money will probably not be fantastic.
I work as a support worker with people with physical and learning disabilities, in supported living though.
£8 an hour is very good for this sort of work, I get £7 which is about the best you get around here for similar jobs.
Working with disabled people will involve a lot of personal care i.e. washing, taking to toilet, but you will be trained and after the first few times it's not as bad as it sounds.
You will probably have to help with general tasks, like if they play games etc, and also help with feeding at meal times.
Depending on the place, you may have to take people out into the community.
Different places use different job titles, and care support worker may well be their term for care assistant.