A care assistant, also known as a personal care assistant or support worker, is responsible for providing support and assistance to individuals who require help with daily activities due to illness, disability, or old age.
- Assist with personal care, including bathing, dressing, and grooming.
- Help with mobility and transfers, including moving the individual from bed to wheelchair or vice versa.
- Assist with feeding and administering medication as prescribed.
- Provide emotional support and companionship to the individual.
- Assist with household tasks, such as cleaning and laundry.
- Monitor the individual’s health and well-being and report any concerns to healthcare professionals or family members.
- Accompany the individual to appointments, social events, and other activities.
- High school diploma or equivalent.
- Completion of a certified training program may be required, depending on the employer and location.
- A clear criminal record check and/or vulnerable sector screening may be required.
- A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle may be required for some positions.
- Experience in a related field, such as healthcare or personal support work, may be preferred.
- Compassion, patience, and empathy for the individual being cared for.
- Excellent communication skills to effectively interact with the individual, healthcare professionals, and family members.
- Strong problem-solving skills to address any issues that may arise.
- Physical fitness and ability to lift and move the individual as required.
- Flexibility and adaptability to changing schedules and responsibilities.
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.