Jobs in Residential Care

Jobs in {Residential Care)

What does a Residential Home Carer do?

The role of a residential care worker is to look after the physical and mental well-being of children or vulnerable adults in assisted living facilities.

Roles of this type will be based in children’s homes, hostels or adult residential care centers. Jobs in residential care often work in shift patterns including weekends, evenings and sometimes sleep-in duties. Working as a residential care worker your day to day tasks could include anything from arranging home visits with a resident’s friends and family to providing creative and enjoyable activities.

What are the requirements to be a Residential Home Carer?

Some roles may require that you have paid or voluntary work experience in the social work or care sector. For many roles qualifications in Math’s and English will be required. When you start in a position a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be completed, checking that you are suitable to work with young children or vulnerable adults.

To work in a home with children you are required to be at least 18 years old or 4 years older than the oldest child at the home. Most job descriptions for roles within children’s homes will specify the minimum age for that role.

Working in Residential Care Services can be very rewarding however some can find it difficult. A person working in this role should be tactful, patient and understanding, as well as prepared for potential emotional distress in challenging situations and residents.

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