There are so many vulnerable people in the UK that require a career from the old to the young, from the physically disabled to the mentally disabled. A carer is able to offer emotional and physical support enhancing the patient’s quality of life.
Patients generally require either partial care or round the clock care, it’s a rewarding career, but it is hard work. It requires that you have a range of skills from patients and problem solving skills to excellent communication and organizational skills and good health.
Do You Have What it takes?
It’s easy to think that because you are a patient person and love being around people this may be the career choice for you. But it does require hard work; it can be very demanding and frustrating work. Many patients are mentally disabled; they can push your buttons and frustrate you and can leave you exhausted after a day at work.
Often these patients require round the clock care, whether they are young and have working parents or are elderly without anyone to look after them. This is where patients and good communication skills play such an important role. Your ability to communicate with the patient, introduce them to new things by taking them out and being able to enhance their quality of life.
It can often be rewarding when you see subtle changes in their behavior when you take them to the zoo for the day and they see the animals or when you are helping them with something and you see that smile.
Where Carers are needed
You find carers in hospitals, residential homes and private homes throughout the UK. If you choose a private home, you will be responsible for one patient; this patient may be ill, old or just have a serious disability.
Blindness, autism, Down syndrome, mental disabilities and many other problems require the assistance of a carer. Often these patients live with family members that work or are unable to look after them round the clock.
If you haven’t got the training and understand what is involved in the work, it can be draining, which is what a majority of family members find. In some cases it may be your own family member that requires a carer and you can choose to assist them.
Residential homes often have carers who will work with all the patients, assist them in bathing, dressing, eating, taking medication and entertaining them; offering them interactive things to do to stimulate them.
In hospitals, this may be a nursing profession or caring for the premature babies. This requires a degree and you will continue to learn as you work.
Many carers care for the elderly, these people require partial care. Most of them are capable but forget to take medication, may fall and injure themselves if left alone or may just need some interaction while their home is taken care of.
With the patience and communication skills you have you can take them shopping, chat to them for a couple of hours or even play some games. Most of the time the elderly are lonely, sadly they are often pushed to one side by family members and left to fend for themselves. That little bit of human interaction each day; the caring nature of ensuring they take their medication and eat a healthy meal is all they need to enhance their quality of life.
In some cases there isn’t any education required for being a carer, sometimes a carer is just needed to ensure that the person doesn’t injure themselves and gets out of the house. In other cases such as working in hospitals and residential homes or working with young children, a degree will be needed.