What personal qualities do you need?
We all care for things in our lives, but how many of us are capable of caring for someone else? Or caring for someone we don’t even know? Becoming a carer requires a great deal of patience and commitment. It is one of those jobs where every day is different and you never quite know what your day will hold. But do you have the personal qualities that make the perfect carer?
Selflessly caring for someone else’s personal needs can be a challenge.
Carers registered with Amore have to care for a varied range of clients, with very varied needs. These can range from a child with complex needs, to young adults with mobility or cognitive issues. Some areas are very specialised – for example, children with mental health issues – and some situations are more challenging than others. Being a good communicator is very important, but it’s also crucial to be able to understand a client’s needs, which due to communication issues may not always be immediately apparent.
A client’s needs entirely defines the care levels required.
A carer working in a care home, with a range of patients on-site, may perhaps find it a more pressure-filled environment than visiting people who are still living in their own homes. These are both equally challenging locations, each with their own advantages, priorities and difficulties. You may thrive on building a rapport with your clients in a care home, or you may enjoy the flexibility of encountering different people every day.
It’s important to give some thought as to why you want to become a carer.
Are you a compassionate person? Do have the patience to persevere and encourage someone, who may be struggling with basic personal tasks? Different situations require different talents and there are many opportunities in the health and social care sectors, wherever your strengths lie. Someone caring for a vulnerable youngster needs a very different approach to caring for an adult with special needs. As well as being able to work solo, you might sometimes have to work as part of a team, either a wider group or in pair. When providing care in the home, you may have to work in conjunction with a relative of the client to deliver care for a spouse or child. These are the times when having empathy and the ability to build relationships is of utmost importance.
Personality, patience and the desire to care are worth more to us than qualifications, as fully-funded specialised training opportunities can be provided by Amore Group. If you are looking to work in the care sector, please get in touch and find out how our experts can help you find the perfect position to suit you.