Role and Responsibilities
The duties of a Home Care Assistant varies, depending on their clients’ cognitive function and mobility. Their common responsibilities include:
- Assisting or supervising client washing, dressing, grooming and toileting
- Preparing client meals and snacks and feeding or supervising eating and drinking
- Administering medications
- Cleaning home, washing clothes and linens, shopping and other domestic duties as needed
- Transporting the client to medical appointments and helping them run errands
- Monitoring client health conditions
- Reporting client progress and any concerns to Home Care Manager
Skills and Experience
Your induction will include necessary training such as health & safety, first aid and moving and handling. Additional specific training such as autism awareness, communication skills or working with people with specific conditions may be offered.
It might be useful to have experience working in a similar role or with vulnerable adults. You could gain this experience through a work placement, from your personal life, through volunteering or as part of a traineeship or apprenticeship.
All care staff must complete the Care Certificate within the first 12 weeks of employment as part of their induction.