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Working as a home care worker or support worker

Meet Dominic and Jean

Meet Dominic, Deputy Manager of Enthuse who works with a number of clients in their own homes. Find out what he thinks of the job, listen as he describes building relationships with his clients (especially 'grandad'!) and see what you'll get up to in an average day if you applied for a job as a home care or support worker.

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Working as a home care worker or support worker, you might support a number of different people in their own homes. Clients will be adults of any age, with a range of support needs including learning or physical disabilities and/or frailty, or people with long term needs such as mental health or dementia.

As part of your daily work, you'll be helping people with various aspects of their daily lives, offering support to live as independently as possible. 

What does the role involve?

The day to day aspects of this job might include 

  • visiting the individual in their home to assist with personal care - washing and dressing, eating and drinking
  • helping with practical tasks around the home such as preparing meals
  • supporting people with their shopping
  • monitoring people’s health and administering medication, working closely with other health professionals
  • supporting people with their emotional wellbeing and reducing isolation and loneliness

What skills and qualifications do I need?

The main skills are a friendly face and a willingness to help. Other skills that would be useful include:

  • kindness and people skills
  • good communication
  • flexibility to adapt to whatever is needed
  • strong organisational skills
  • the ability to work to your own initiative

You may also need a good GCSE grade in English and Maths and possibly a social care qualification such as Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care, although these aren't always needed and if you're interested in getting them, you can often work towards them once you start the job.

Is there training and progression?

You'll be trained in all essential skills including basic health and safety, first aid, and moving and handling when you first start your role. You can also benefit from fomal qualifications such as a Diploma in Health and Social Care as well as opportunities to progress and develop in adult social care and specialise in a certain area or take on more responsibility.

If this work interests you, apply for a job now!

If this sounds like somewhere you'd like to work and you think you'd be a good fit in a role as a professional home carer or support worker, follow the links below to find a range of jobs to suit you, with providers who work in partnership with us to support local service user

Provider NameProvider Address, telephone number and emailWebsite

A1 Care

Argyll House, 158 Richmond Park Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8TW

01202 798868

email A1 Care

Website for A1 Care

Jobs at A1 Care

Abacus Care Solutions

1434a, Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH10 7AS

01202 985200

email Abacus Care Solutions

Website for Abacus Care Solutions

Jobs at Abacus Care Solutions

Adonai Care Services

 

929-931 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2BN

01202 073997

email Adonai Care

Website for Adonai Care Services

Jobs at Adonai Care Services

Agincare

181b Barrack Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2AR

Bournemouth and Christchurch 01202 481636

email Agincare Bournemouth and Christchurch

24A Parkstone Rd, Poole BH15 2PG

Poole 01202 710600

email Agincare Poole

Website for Agincare in Bournemouth and Christhchurch

Website for Agincare Poole

Jobs at Agincare

Alina Homecare

Units 4 & 5 Concept Business Park, Innovation Close, Tower Park, Poole, BH12 4QT

01202 724900 

email Alina Homecare

second email for Alina Homecare

Website for Alina Homecare

Jobs at Alina Homecare

 
Allied Healthcare

Unit 6 Churchill Court, 33 Palmerston Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4HN.

01202 420022

email Allied Healthcare

Website for Allied Healthcare

Jobs at Allied Healthcare

 

Altogether Care

93 Bargates, Christchurch BH23 1QQ

Christchurch 01202 055979

Adastral Square, 9, Adastral Rd, Poole BH17 8SA

Poole 01202 310222

email Altogether Care

Website for Altogether Care

Jobs at Altogether Care

Apex Prime Care

 

2-3 Fairmile Parade, Fairmile Road, Christchurch, BH23 2LP

Bournemouth and Christchurch 01202 612241

Unit 7, Concept Park, Innovation Close, Poole, Dorset, BH12 4QT

Poole 01202 612118

email Apex Prime Care

Website for Apex Prime Care

Jobs at Apex Prime Care

AQS Homecare

87 Wimborne Rd, Bournemouth BH3 7AN

01202 521252

Website for AQS Homecare

Jobs at AQS Homecare

Bournemouth Rainbow LTD

248 Stewart Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8NY

01202 027342

07972 855485

email Bournemouth Rainbow

 Website for Bournemouth Rainbow LTD

 

Jobs at Bournemouth Rainbow LTD

Care Dynamics

Unit 3 Old Generator House, 25 Bourne Valley Road, Poole, BH12 1DZ

01202 759965 

email Care Dynamics

Website for Care Dynamics

Jobs at Care Dynamics

Caremark

321 Holdenhurst Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH8 8BT

Bournemouth 01202 406822

email Caremark Bournemouth

Drewitt House, 865 Ringwood Rd, Bournemouth BH11 8LL

Poole and East Dorset 01203 590509

email Caremark Poole

Website for Caremark

Eleanor Healthcare Group

653 Christchurch Rd, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 4AP

Bournemouth 01202 059739

email Eleanor Healthcare Bournemouth

22 Parkstone Rd, Poole BH15 2PG

Poole 01202 672800

email Eleanor Healthcare Poole

Website for Eleanor Healthcare Group

Jobs at Eleanor Helathcare Group

Enthuse Care

6 Queens Rd, Westbourne, Bournemouth BH2 6BE

01202 798665

email Enthuse Care

Website for Enthuse Care

Jobs at Enthuse Care

Fairhope Ltd

48 High Street, Poole, Wimborne, BH21 1HT

01202 709091

email Fairhope

Website for Fairhope Ltd

Jobs at Fairhope Ltd

Horizon Homecare (Southern) LTD

Horizon House, New Orchard, Poole, BH15 1LY

01202 737456

07827 279102

email Horizon Homecare

second email for Horizon Homecare

 Website for Horizon Homecare (Southern LTD)

 

Jobs at Horizon Homecare (Southern Ltd)

MC Care Solutions

Unit 13G, Wessex House, St Leonard's Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8QS

07897938998

01202 317 281

email MC Care Solutions

Website for MC Care Solutions

Jobs at MC Care Solutions

Nu Staff

Office 3 203-205 Charminster Road, Charminster, Bournemouth. BH8 9QQ

01202 292870

email Nu Staff

Website for Nu Staff

Jobs at Nu Staff

Nurse Plus & Carer Plus UK Ltd

Suite 1& 2 Lower Ground Floor Pine Court, 36 Gervis Road, BH1 3DH

01202 318052

email Nurse Plus

Website for Nurse Plus & Carer Plus UK Ltd

Jobs at Nurse Plus & Carer Plus UK Ltd

Sage Care

Unit 8, Churchill Court, 33 Palmerston Road, Bournemouth, BH1 4HN

01202 399669

email Sage Care

Website for Sage Care

Jobs at Sage Care

Tender Care

756 Wimborne Road, Moordown, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH9 2DZ

01202 533532

email Tender Care

Website for Tender Care

Jobs at Tender Care

The Pines Home Care

The Pines Homecare, Cornerways House, School Lane, Ringwood, BH24 1LG

07779 009226

email The Pines Home Care

Website for The Pines Home Care

Jobs at The Pines Home Care

Tricuro Reablement Care and Community Support Team

Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole

01202 857320

email Tricuro 

Website for Tricuro Reablement and Care at Home

Jobs at Tricuro

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