Many care agencies prioritise training and development opportunities for their carers. They acknowledge that the training provided, and therefore the quality of care provided, by their carers is what establishes them as reputable service providers within this sector.
If you are interested in becoming a carer, especially one who provides 24 hour care at home, you should enquire about the training provided by the care agency you are thinking about working with. The care sector is varied and all care agencies are not equal. Some place more emphasis on training and provide long term career support to enable their carers to provide better and more specialized care services to their clients.
According to care experts www.coriniumcare.com, training is often bespoke, and may consist of initial care training followed by more specialized instruction depending on the experience and assignments of the carer in question. Ongoing development helps carers stay up to date with the latest and best practices within the care industry.
Care boot camp
So what should you expect from an initial care training course? While each agency or training provider will vary the content of their training in line with their client base, you should expect to deal with the following:
- Responsibilities and duties of carers
- Health and safety (in a care environment)
- First aid
- Personal care
- Mobility and manual handling of client
- Dementia (and how to deal with it)
- Cooking and meal preparation
If you are considering undergoing training to become a carer, ensure that the training is provided by an accredited provider and has been verified as appropriate by the Care Sector Council. In the UK, the Care Certificate is a common qualification which is mapped to National Occupational Standards in order to ensure that carers receive uniform and appropriate care training.
Ongoing training and professional development
Reputable care agencies encourage their carers to participate in ongoing professional development so that they can constantly improve their knowledge, areas of expertise, and deliver the best possible care to their clients.
Common subjects of specialization include conditions such as dementia and strokes, allowing carers to become increasingly knowledgeable and expert in relation to such conditions.
When considering becoming a carer, you should examine the training and professional development opportunities provided by any agency you consider working for to ensure that they are able to provide ongoing support for your continual education and development in the care sector. This in turn will allow you to deliver the best care possible to your clients, and enhance your relationships with them, and your own level of satisfaction with caring as a career.