Recruitment in the care sector

Recruitment in the care sector is at an all-time low, this is a particular challenge for Peninsula Care Homes due to the remote location of some of our Devon based Homes.

We want to allay the rumours that the general public have about careers in care and promote the roles, ‘working in care is immensely fun, sometimes challenging, but always rewarding and enjoyable!’

Care providers believe that every member of staff plays a key role in providing outstanding care. Staff are expected to perform to their best.  Staff are genuinely kind and compassionate and often go the extra mile to provide residents with excellent, high quality care.  They support residents based on their individual needs and strive to maintain the best possible quality of life in a home from home environment.

Finding out as much as possible about each resident adds to the carers knowledge; who would have known that John has visited twelve Countries, Margaret has met the Queen three times and that Cyril was a mountaineer… residents relish the opportunity to share stories and staff love listening to them.

If you are a tactile person, many residents still enjoy human touch.  Cuddles, kisses and hand holding are free of charge and can change the way someone is feeling in an instance.

In return care providers offer a wide range of training delivered in-house or using outside providers, senior staff are encouraged to mentor junior staff and all registered managers have an open door policy.  Staff attend seminars and conferences based around the ever changing culture in care.  Some staff recently experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour, which provided an excellent insight into what living with dementia may be like.

It is possible to have a career in care, staff commence as Carers, progress to Senior Carers, Team Leaders and eventually become Registered Managers.  Other roles include Activity Co-ordinators who provide entertainment for physical and mental stimulation as well as general well-being.  Residents often rekindle hobbies and interests that they may not have done for 50 years…  Cooks prepare good quality home cooked food and are encouraged to interact with residents to find out the likes and dislikes.  Domestic and laundry teams have a huge part to play, chatting to residents as they go about their daily routines. Other roles include, admin staff, maintenance staff, kitchen assistants to name a few.

Working hours are flexible too, you can do a 6 hour or 12 hour shift, therefore you could work three 12 hour shifts and have a four day weekend!

In summing up, residents are never lonely and neither are the staff.  If you have ever thought about a career in care, what’s stopping you?

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About the author

Dianne Gregory is the Business Manager at Peninsula Care Homes Ltd. E-Mail her at: di@peninsulacarehomes.co.uk or visit PCH on the web at: www.peninsulacarehomes.co.uk