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7 Reasons To Become A Carer

Whether you are thinking of a career change or have just left school / college, there are many reasons to become a healthcare assistant. 1) Flexible Hours Healthcare assistants usually work flexible hours and this allows you to fit in your career as well as other daily activities. This is an ideal position for those who have families, part-time college and other hobbies. By having this flexibility also means you will successfully meet your clients’ expectations and have your work life balance intact (Read our blog on Work Life Balance). 2) Training A QQI Level 5 qualification in healthcare / completing the two mandatory QQI modules (Care of the older person & Care Skills) can give you the right training in becoming a healthcare assistant. There is always room for upskilling too, for instance, Kare Plan Training School offer further courses such as medication, introduction to first aid and dementia training to assist carers in advancing their skills. For more information regarding Kare Plan’s Training School please click here 3) Right job for the right personality In order to be a healthcare assistant, you need to be passionate about the job. If you naturally have a caring and considerate personality and you are concerned about the wellbeing of others, you are likely to do well in a caring role. If you truly want to make a difference in people’s lives this will give you the steady foundation for your future career. 4) Location Sick of travelling long distances for work? Being a healthcare assistant gives you the opportunity to voice which areas work best for you to travel to. Whether it be close to your home or a 10-minute drive down the road, you decide. This strikes out any stress of commuting to work and also cuts any travel expenses too. 5) Meeting new people You will get to meet those around your area and familiarise yourself with new neighbours. As mentioned above, being a healthcare assistant requires the right personality which means that being part of the large community of healthcare assistants, you will get to surround yourself with people with the same values as you too. This allows you to be even more active in the community. 6) Rewarding Knowing that you are making a positive difference in someone’s life is the reward for being an excellent carer. You are encouraging and enabling individuals by supporting them to live in the comfort of their own homes. By promoting independence is an extremely rewarding experience. 7) Experience Being a healthcare assistant is hard work, you will be confronted with the harsh realities of people struggling, people with all abilities and overcoming illness. However, it is those times that will allow you to appreciate the little things in life we all take for granted. Once you are able to provide the highest quality of support your client/s need to live day-to-day also allows you to see the results of your hard work. You will feel like you have achieved your goals each day because you will know that you provided as much support as possible and have left each home without stress. If you think being a healthcare assistant is the right job for you, get in touch with a member of our HR team by emailing and they will be able to help you take your next step!

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