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5 reasons to work in a care home

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5 reasons to work in a care home

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Deciding whether to start a career in the care industry can be daunting. Perhaps you haven’t been involved with a care-related job before, or maybe you’re just not sure if it’s the right career for you. That’s why we’ve put together the top five reasons to consider working in a care home. If you’re a caring person who enjoys a job filled with variety, then this could be the career for you.

1. Working in a care home is rewarding

One of the best parts of working in a care home is the incredibly rewarding nature of the job. With each day you work, you’ll be making a real difference to the residents’ quality of life. Whether you’re working as a care assistant or a housekeeper, your work will help to ensure that each resident is safe, well and happy. 

You’ll also receive plenty of appreciation from the residents living in the care home. Since socialisation is a big part of care home life, you’ll have the opportunity to chat with the residents and build genuine bonds with them. Hearing a simple “thank you” for your work can lead to a real sense of satisfaction, making all the hard work seem worthwhile.   

2. There’s so much variety

If a 9-5 office job isn’t your cup of tea, then you’ll be pleased to know that working in a care home is the complete opposite. As a care assistant, you’ll be required to work with multiple residents, and the type of care they’ll require will vary with each day. You’ll need to be able to think on your feet to adapt to any changing situations, but that’s what keeps it interesting! In addition, there are always new residents arriving, so you’ll regularly have new people to get to know.

Even if you’re working in hospitality or at reception, no two days are ever the same. Plus, since long term and respite care homes operate around the clock, you’ll be able to choose flexible hours that work for you. Perhaps you’d like to work part-time, or maybe night shifts would be better for you — there are plenty of options.

3. Working in a care home can be lots of fun

What could be better than a rewarding, important job that can also be fun? Working with people from all different walks of life means you get to hear some great stories and gain new perspectives. Of course, it can be hard at times, but you’ll be surprised at the amount of positivity and wisdom provided by the residents.

Plus, working in a care home isn’t just about providing physical care — it’s about caring for mental health too. At Fonthill House, we offer a range of activities and facilities to improve the wellbeing of our residents. From art workshops and quizzes, through to film nights and live music, there’s always something going on! If you have a particular hobby or interest that would work well in the care home, feel free to share it with the staff.

4. There’s plenty of room for career progression

Whilst working in a care setting, you’ll pick up a whole range of transferable skills. Getting to use your training in real-life situations is often the best way to learn and there are plenty of qualifications and even degrees that you can work towards. Plus, care homes like to retain their staff, since it creates familiarity and stability for the residents. For this reason, there will always be opportunities to climb further up the career ladder into more senior positions. 

On the other hand, the skills you learn will give you the option to move into other care-related positions in the future. Whilst you’re employed as a care worker, you could decide to develop your skills by focusing on a certain area, such as providing dementia care to certain individuals in the care home. And if you do find an area outside of a care home setting that you’d like to work in, the skills you have learnt can transport you into roles such as hospice positions, learning support jobs or even nursing.

5. You’ll be judged on your personality

It’s often the case that grades achieved at school or university don’t show much about your personality. And when it comes to applying for a care home role, the type of person you are is extremely important. So if you’re looking for a job that will focus on you as a person rather than your grades, this could be the position for you. 

At Fonthill House, we look for people who are friendly, compassionate, kind, patient and have a fantastic attitude to care work. We’ll then provide all the necessary training to encourage career progression and ensure that you’re able to do the best job possible.

For more information on our open positions, you can visit our career page or feel free to get in touch

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