ENA Live-In Care Jobs
Qualities And Skills That Make A Good Live-In Carer
Working as a live-in carer is a challenging but ultimately rewarding career choice. But it’s not for everyone. Although professional training is desirable, live-in care jobs require specific qualities and skills as well as the right kind of character to do their work well. These qualities and skills can’t always be measured by academic qualifications which is why we require all applicants to pass our 5 day training course, whilst our trainers assess if trainees have what it takes to be a good carer.
The following qualities and skills are a bonus if you want to be a good live-in carer:
Cooking And Nutrition
Cooking for vulnerable people with different needs can be particularly challenging. If you enjoy cooking, it will certainly be easier. However, a good knowledge of nutrition is also important.
You’ll need to know what people with certain conditions such as diabetes or high cholesterol can and can’t eat. If you’re caring for someone with Dementia, encouraging them to eat and drink is vital.
If your client can only eats softer foods, having the ability to make meals more appealing and appetising is a definite bonus.
Cooking together is a great way to bond with your client. Many of our clients enjoy cooking too, so cooking together can help build a good working relationship and help Clients maintain their independence and control over their own diet.
It’s not essential, but most live-in care jobs will require you to have a driving licence.
You’ll be able to run errands and take your client shopping and to medical appointments more easily.
You’ll need to pass an external driving test to ensure a good standard of driving as you will be driving a client’s car.
Driving also means you can arrange social activities for your client and enable them to leave the house more often.
It’s more than likely you’ll need to assist your client with bathing, personal hygiene and their toilet needs. You’ll need to be able to deal with personal situations with sensitivity and discretion.
Many clients may feel uncomfortable, especially at the beginning of a Care Placement, so it’s essential that you know how to put them at ease and respect their dignity while taking care of their practical needs.
A Strong Back
If your job involves physically helping your client, you’ll need to learn the correct ways to move and handle them without causing injury to them or yourself. To prevent injury, it’s essential that you take care of your back and posture.
A Sociable Disposition
Being a good carer is not just about seeing to your client’s physical needs. It also involves companionship. Caring for someone 24/7 in their home is not always easy. It can be difficult to find the boundaries between friendship and professionalism. A good carer will find a good balance between being a trustworthy friend whilst remembering they are a colleague working in someone’s home. If you have a social disposition and are happy to listen, chat and offer your friendship, you’ll be treasured by your client and your live-in care job will be far more enjoyable for you.
Interest in Healthcare
The training we offer to our carers covers everything needed to be a good carer to a wide range of conditions and disabilities. Once a carer has passed training, we offer specialist training so carers can develop their professional skills. A good carer will take an interest in learning about the specific care needs of their client to help provide the best care for them. They will understand the importance of updating their care paperwork and reading back on notes from previous carers to give them a greater idea of the care needs of their client.
If you have the qualities and skills to make a good live-in carer, contact ENA Care Group or visit us online for more information on live-in care jobs.