Understand Your Role.
The main role of the care worker is to look after the physical, emotional, cultural and social needs of the clients they work with, through offering help and support using a person centred approach to ensure they have a good quality of life. There are many different roles in care and your involvement in each of these areas may differ according to your role but the client you are supporting should always be at the centre of everything you do.
The help and support you provide should enable the client to:
• Live as independently as possible.
• Have as much control over their lives as possible.
• Maintain as much dignity and respect as possible.
• Participate in society as an equal.
• Have the best possible quality of life.
Providing care and support for a person involves the following:
• Using a person centred approach.
• Providing dignity and respect.
• Promoting independence.
• Enabling choices.
• Acting in their best interests.
• Reporting and recording any changes.
• Respecting their right to refuse care.
• Responding appropriately to comments and complaints.
• Working in the agreed ways.
Working in care is a valued profession giving job satisfaction and a career pathway. How important is it for you to make your own decisions, live independently and have some control over what happens in your life? It is also important for the people in your care.
Due to an ageing population there is an increasing demand on social care services and an increase in social care jobs. It is currently estimated that the adult social care sector add £40.5 billion to the economy and employs 1.49 million people. It has been estimated that by 2035 the UK population over 65 will grow by another 44% to 14.1 million people.
With the implementation of the Care Act 2014 and the integration of health care and social care, there are many jobs being created that integrate the two areas to provide a more joined up approach between the two sectors. This means it is now more important that if you’re wishing to work in care, you build a strong foundation of knowledge on which you can continue to build a wide range of skills enabling you to be effective in delivering high standards of care.
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