What is a care assistant?

A care assistant provides direct care and support to people with their daily lives. This might involve providing companionship, personal care, basic help in the home, shopping and meal preparation, medication support, or delivering care for a specialist health condition such as dementia.

At Carefound Home Care, we offer the leading care assistant jobs where you’ll be empowered to make a genuine difference to our clients’ lives. You’ll visit our elderly clients in their own homes for visits of 1 hour upwards, and you’ll build a relationship and routine with them to support people to live with well-being at home.

“I came into this role without any professional care experience – only experiences with my own family which had inspired me to work in the care sector and enable elderly people to remain at home – but have not looked back since”

Carla, Care Assistant

What does a home care assistant do?

As a professional care assistant you’ll support a small number of older people to continue to live in their own home with well-being. We provide visits of a minimum of 1 hour, and often longer, to ensure you have the time to build meaningful relationships and do your job properly. As a community care assistant, your duties may include:

Companionship

Providing company and companionship ensuring a client can enjoy life with the right level of stimulation and emotional support.

Personal care

Supporting clients with their personal needs such as dressing, personal cleanliness, lavatory needs and grooming, all with dignity and discretion.

Help with mobility

Helping a client move around the home, and you may work with other health professionals to ensure their mobility needs are met.

Medication help

Some clients may need help with managing and administering their medications, so you’ll be fully trained in supporting with this.

Light housekeeping

This may include washing and ironing, cleaning rooms or vacuuming, and other activities the client struggles to do independently.

Meal preparation

Nutritious meals are key to well-being. Your clients may need you help to plan and prepare tasty meals to ensure their dietary needs are met.

Appointments and social outings

Accompanying clients to appointments and social outings, so they can continue to socialise and keep close to family and friends.

Hobbies and interests

Helping clients maintain their independence by continuing to pursue their hobbies and interests both inside and outside of the home,

Specialist care

You’ll help monitor your client’s well-being and you’ll be trained to support any specialist conditions such as dementia or Parkinson’s.

Pay and benefits of the care assistant job

High pay rates

We typically pay better than other home care providers, and you get double time on bank holidays. You can also access to your pay instantly instead of waiting for payday.

Full travel pay

You’ll be paid our standard hourly rate for your travel time between care visits, and you’ll get the full 45p per mile mileage allowance.

Recognition

We’re passionate about recognising and rewarding your qualifications and long-term commitment including with pay enhancements.

Flexible working

We can offer flexible working hours that fit around your lifestyle, with part-time options for regular days and times. Guaranteed hours are also available.

Direct employment

You get all the perks of being directly employed including paid holidays, a pension, funded DBS checks, and up to £500 when you refer a friend to join us.

Support

Unrivalled, 24/7 local support and there’s always somebody to talk to. You can also access our free confidential employee assistance programme helpline.

Your professional development

As a domiciliary care assistant you will have a genuine opportunity to develop your career and progress along our career path.

At Carefound Home Care we want you to receive the best support and professional development so that you are empowered to deliver outstanding care and support to your clients, whilst being able to build a long and successful career with us. This inlcudes:

  • Paid extensive induction training held at your local office and online, with over £300 pay on completion
  • Ongoing specialist care training
  • Support to achieve diploma and advanced qualifications
  • Career progression along our fantastic career path
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What our team members say

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By far the best company I have ever worked for. Management are always available and more than happy to assist. Would 1000% recommend - Full Review

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The managment teams are second to none, they work their socks off and they actually care - Full Review

Live-in Carer in Harrogate | 24 Jun 2022

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Excellent training and online which is helpful. Regular support visits and always feeling rewarded - Full Review

Live-in carer in West Bridgford | 16 Feb 2023

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A plethora of training offered to help improve your own personal progression - Full Review

Care Assistant in Wilmslow | 28 Feb 2022

Who can apply for care assistant jobs?

You don’t need prior experience to be a care assistant as full training is provided, however you’ll need to have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and to be a good listener. Being chatty also helps given the importance of companionship in this role. The requirements for the role are:

  • No experience required (since full training is provided)
  • Proof of your right to work in the UK
  • A valid driving licence and your own car
  • Warm, patient and compassionate with a clear desire to support others
  • Enthusiastic and positive ‘can do’ attitude
  • Have a smartphone to use our app
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Care assistant FAQs

Upon receipt of your application our recruitment team will typically review it within a week and, if your profile meets the requirements of the role, they will contact you to arrange a short telephone interview. Following this, they will arrange a face-to-face interview with you (this can also be carried out over video call if your prefer). If this is successful, you will be provided with a job offer by email.

Your recruitment manager will send your job offer to you by email. Simply click on the link in the email to open and read your offer letter. You can then click on the box at the end of the letter and enter your name and the signed document will be returned to us automatically. Your recruitment manager will then be in touch with you about completing your pre-employment checks and booking your induction.

All offers of employment are subject to us carrying out necessary pre-employment checks which includes providing your full employment history, contacting your references (two professional and one personal), completing a pre-employment health questionnaire, verifying your qualifications and completing an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS).

To make it simple for you these checks are carried out using our online screening system. Once you have signed your job offer you will receive an email enabling you to access our online screening system which will help you to provide the necessary information quickly and easily.

Please note that that cost of completing your enhanced check with the Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) is £50, which we will pay and then deduct from your first payslip. Whilst we apply for your DBS check as soon as possible, please be aware that the processing time can be anything from 1 day to 1 month, or on rare occasions it can be longer.

All new members of our team complete a 4-day induction training course delivered at their local office and over video call. This is delivered by our in-house training team covering everything from the basic health and social care qualification – The Care Certificate – to specialist areas such as medication management, moving & handling, dementia and Parkinson’s.

Yes, you will receive a lump-sum payment for attending induction training and completing your shadowing. This will be included in your first payslip once you have fully completed the course and been signed off by your manager.

Please note that if you leave us during induction or within 3 months of completing induction you will be required to repay the full cost of the induction training which is £300. Following this period, we have a sliding repayment scale, so that the amount that you are required to repay is reduced by one quarter at quarterly intervals. Once you have completed one year’s service from the date of the end of the induction training, you will not be required to repay any of the costs of the induction training.

Yes, these will be processed and deducted automatically through your payslip each month.

Yes, we are a fully managed service and take full responsibility for employing, training and supporting our carers. This means that we can provide you with unrivalled, local, 24/7 support which we view as vital to your well-being. We also pay directly into your bank account every 4-weeks and manage all of your tax and national insurance contributions.

Yes, a care plan is written by a member of your care management team following a detailed assessment of care needs including medical conditions and all assistance required for that person’s day-to-day care. The care plan is available on your mobile phone via our app.

Yes, a member of our care management team will carry out a detailed assessment of care needs prior to writing the care plan, including all aspects of daily living such as mobility, medications, the environment etc. The information from the risk assessment will be detailed in the care plan.

We embrace technology at Carefound Home Care to make your life easier and our service more effective. This includes completing our care notes via our app and collaborating as a team through our own online community. You will access this technology on your own smart phone, but don’t worry as it’s all really simple and you’ll be trained to use it.

Yes, to be an hourly carer you’ll need to have a full UK driving licence and access to a car.

Our hourly carers are paid on a 4-weekly basis. As we employ you directly, rather than you being paid by the family, we take care of your tax and national insurance paperwork. As a direct employee of Carefound Home Care, you are also entitled to other benefits such paid travel time, 45p per mile mileage allowance, paid holidays, pension, free employee assistance programme, funded DBS check.