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Posted on 16/10/2018

What are the primary duties and responsibilities of a care assistant?

Care assistant job description

The primary role of a care assistant is to assist elderly or disabled clients with practical tasks that they cannot manage themselves or may need encouragement to complete independently. These tasks vary from helping with washing, dressing and toileting to more complex financial activities such as bill paying, shopping and escorting the client on days out and to social activities.

Due to the diverse nature of the role, care assistants perform a wide range of activities depending on the requirements, personalities and interests of their clients. Their responsibilities are especially varied when providing live in care.

A care assistant also provides emotional support to their clients – keeping them company, getting to know them and talking to them on a regular basis. The ability to provide comforting and supportive personal and practical assistance to clients is an essential part of the role of a care assistant.

Care assistant skills and qualities

A care assistant needs to be practical and responsible enough to find efficient solutions for everyday problems faced by their client. They must also have the tact and discretion to perform tasks without causing their client any discomfort – preserving the dignity of any client is an absolute necessity.

They must also have a clear criminal record, as enhanced DBS checks are necessary for any healthcare provider role at ENA Care Group. Maintaining a clear record is a primary responsibility for any care assistant, as failure of a DBS check will result in the loss of their job.

A care assistant requires patience, a sense of humour and the ability to relate to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. They will form close working/personal relationships with clients and must be able to sustain that bond – possibly one of the most important relationships their client has in their daily life.

Care assistants work with people in highly vulnerable positions and so kindness and empathy are important qualities. A caring personality is essential.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a care assistant in a residential home?

A residential home has qualified care assistants onsite 24/7. Those who live in residential homes may include those who have mild dementia or other conditions that do not require constant care.

The responsibilities of a care assistant in a residential home generally include helping with personal care such as washing, dressing and engaging in other activities such as socialising or exercise.

What are the duties of a care assistant in a nursing home?

Although broadly similar to a residential home, a nursing home typically has qualified nurses onsite 24/7 as well as care assistants in order to provide intense care for clients with more complex medical conditions.

The duties of a care assistant in a nursing home therefore reflect the more comprehensive care required – often in a supporting role to registered nurses. The more severe nature of patients’ illness necessitates the use of specialist equipment and care assistants help with this, as well as with the maintenance of such equipment.

Care assistants in nursing homes may also support experts in specific conditions, such as Alzheimer’s, to provide specialised care for patients. This may involve palliative care.

To learn more about our dedicated team of care assistants or the specialist live in care service that we provide, please get in touch. At ENA we are always delighted to help you.