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Working as an extra care housing or supported living carer

Meet Emma and Simon 

Meet Emma, our supported living carer and team leader, and Simon, her client. Find out how she's been supporting Simon for 19 years, why it's so rewarding, how her role is an extension of Simon's family, and why Emma describes her job as "...the best thing I've ever done!"

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Extra Care Housing is ‘housing with care’ where people are supported to live in their own flat with onsite care and support as required.

Working as an extra care housing or a supported living carer, you will be going into people's homes or flats to support them living independently. You'll be part of team providing 24-hour care and support to people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or frail older people and people living with long term conditions. You will support people with the day to day activities to maintain and promote their independence and support them to live in their own homes for as long as possible.

What does the role involve?

The day to day aspects of this job might include 

  • support with all aspects of an individual’s personal care such as washing and dressing, continence care and catheter care as required
  • ensure they maintain good nutrition   
  • arranging and attending appointments with the clients
  • help with cooking, laundry, cleaning, shopping and other relevant tasks
  • support the clients with their medication
  • working closely with health professionals and social workers to ensure residents are well looked after, protected from abuse, and always treated with dignity and respect

The role may involve other specific tasks such as undertaking welfare checks, supporting with activities or undertaking relevant key working tasks.

What skills and qualifications do I need?

To undertake this role, you need to be compassionate, kind and patient, flexible and willing to help and support clients. You also need to be well organised and proactive. Good communication skills are essential for this role as you will need to communicate any changes in your clients wellbeing with health professionals and/or family members and you will be required to make daily recordings.

This is an entry-level role and you will be required to undertake and keep up to date with mandatory training and the Care Certificate. DBS checks will be carried out, as well as proving you're legally able to work in UK.

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 formal 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 an extra care housing or supported living carer, follow the links below to find a range of jobs to suit you. 

Provider NameProvider Address, telephone number and emailWebsite
Accomplish Group 

A10 Arena Business Centre, Holyrood Close, Poole, BH17 7FJ

01202 606026

email Accomplish Group

Website for Accomplish Group 

 Jobs at Accomplish

Achieve Together

Helene Lodge, 115 Talbot Road BH9 2JE

07785 612482

email Achieve Together

 Website for Achieve together


Jobs at Achieve together 

Advance Housing Support Ltd

Peartree Business Centre, Cobham Road, Ferndown, BH21 7PT

07734 683805

email Advance Housing Support

Website for Advance Housing Support Ltd

Jobs at Advance Housing Support Ltd

Assisted Living South West Ltd - part of Rehability UK

Touchwood, 13 Somerset Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 2ED

Principle House, 95 Ringwood Road, Walkford, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 5RA

03333 44 3095

email Rehability UK

Jobs at Rehability UK

Autism Unlimited

Parley 1, Portfield School, Parley Lane, West Parley, Christchurch BH23 6BP

01202 853000

email Autism Unlimited

Website for Autism Unlimited

Jobs at Autism Unlimited


Belmont Court - part of Shaw Healthcare

6 Glen Rd,
Poole BH14 0HF

01202 084006

email Shaw Healthcare

Website for Belmont Court

Jobs at Shaw Healthcare


Brushett House - part of Agincare

01202 573252

email Brushett House

Website for Brushett House

Jobs at Agincare

Bure House - part of Apex Prime Care

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

01202 612118

email Bure House 

Jobs at Apex Prime Care

Community Integrated Care

Arena Group, Holyrood Close, Poole, BH17 7FJ 

01329 834801 

email Community Integrated Care

 Website for Community Integrated Care

 Jobs at Community Integrated Care 

Craigleith House - part of Sage Care

Boscombe, Bournemouth BH1 3PX

email Sage Care

Website for Sage Care

Jobs at Sage Care

Delphis Court - part of Shaw Healthcare

5 Avenel Way,
Poole BH15 1YT

01202 084008

email Shaw Healthcare

Website for Delphis Court

Jobs at Shaw Healthcare


Dimensions, 2nd Floor, Building 1430, Arlington Business Park, Theale, Reading RG7 4SA

07785 515196 

email Dimensions

second email for Dimensions

 Website for Dimensions

Jobs at Dimensions

Diverse Abilities

15 Manor Avenue Poole Dorset BH12 4LB

 01202 718266

email Diverse Abilities

Website for Diverse Abilities

Jobs at Diverse Abilities

East Boro Housing Trust

Faulkner House, 31 West Street, Wimborne, BH21 1JS

01202 883503 ext 015

email East Boro Housing Trust

Website for East Boro Housing Trust

Jobs at East Boro Housing Trust

Idirect Independent Living Ltd 

Suite 22B/C, Peartree Business Centre, Cobham Road, Ferndown, BH21 7PT

01202 076688

email Idirect Independent Living

Website for Idirect Independent Living Ltd 

Jobs at Idirect Independent Living Ltd 

Kingsley House - part of Tender Care

756 Wimborne Road

01202 533532

email Kingsley House

Website for Tender Care

Jobs at Tender Care

Lifeways Community Care Ltd

8a Arena Business Pk, Holyrood Close, BH17 7FJ

01202 330830

email Lifeways Community Care Ltd

 Website for Lifeways Community Care Ltd


Jobs at Lifeways Community Care Ltd

Potens UK

Peartree Business Centre, Cobham Road, Ferndown, Wimborne,        BH21 7PT

07875 289849

email Potens UK

 Webpage for Potens UK

Jobs at Potens UK


Suite 18c Peartree Business Centre, Cobham Road, Ferndown, Dorset, BH21 7PT

02380 987462

email PBS4

Webpage for PBS4

Jobs at PBS4

Royal Mencap Society

Unit 5 Prospect House, Peverell Avenue East, Poundbury, Dorchester, DT1 3WE

07961 075471

email Royal Mencap Society

 Website for Royal Mencap Society 


Jobs at Royal Mencap Society


Newplan House
41 East Street
Epsom, Surrey
KT17 1BL

01202 038005

email SeeAbility

Website for SeeAbility

Jobs at SeeAbility


Shaftesbury Court - part of Shaw Healthcare

53 Wimborne Rd, Bournemouth BH3 7AJ

01202 295180

email Shaw Healthcare

Website for Shaftesbury Court

Jobs at Shaw Healthcare

The Stable Family Home Trust

Stable Family Home Trust, Centurion House, 19-21 Woodside Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, BH5 2AZ

01202 022536

email The Stable Family Home Trust

 Website for The Stable Family Home Trust


Jobs at The Stable Family Home Trust

Trinidad Village - part of Shaw Healthcare

3 Rossmore Rd,
Poole BH12 3NF

01202 084007

email Shaw Healthcare

Website for Trinidad Village

Jobs at Shaw Healthcare

UK Supported Living Services

Office No. 2 40-44 Holdenhurst Road Bournemouth BH8 8AD

01202 038005

email them

Webpage for UK  Supported Living Services

Jobs with UK Supported Living Services

Voyage Care

Voyage (DCA) Dorset, 6 Silver Business Park, Airfield Way, Christchurch, BH23 3TA

01202 486403 

email Voyage Care

 Website for Voyage Care


Jobs at Voyage Care



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