Across the UK each day, hundreds of Guardian Homecare care assistants head out to private homes of all types to assist people within our communities that need it the most. Those people may be elderly, young or disabled, but all require a little bit of help with their day-to-day lives.

From cities to towns, villages to hamlets, communities of all sizes have people within them who require care. In turn, care assistants are in demand all over; people who’re caring, compassionate, dedicated and keen on helping others.

As a city-based carer, getting around may be easy if you’ve access to public transport, or you may even be able to walk between jobs, while in more rural areas you may, in fact, require a car of your own to reach your clients. In support of every worker will be a strong management team who are there to help, advise and provide training as you go about your daily routines.

But, what does a care assistant actually do?

Care work is dynamic and all-encompassing. From household chores, like cooking, cleaning, ironing and light maintenance, to assisting with life admin, you’ll run the gamut of a client’s daily life as a care assistant.

Personal care is a big component of your daily responsibilities as well. This largely entails helping your client to wash, dress, go to the toilet and take their medicines. While some of those tasks may be difficult at first, and certainly require a strong stomach at times, you’ll find you quickly get used to the rigours of helping someone with their more intimate requirements.

Make no mistake; it can be a very messy job at times when dealing with bodily fluids and nudity so, if that isn’t your thing, you may not be cut out to be a care assistant. However, as mentioned, these are tasks you become accustomed to. There may also be times where you have to care for a client in conditions that you’re not used to, namely, amongst mess, clutter and conditions you wouldn’t live in personally. While potentially hard to deal with, you may need to accept and come to terms with how other people choose to live. No one’s the same at the end of the day.

There may be times where you have to deal with clients who are very sick, too. And, in same cases, go to work to find your client has even passed away. Unfortunately, this is the nature of care work but the management team at Guardian Homecare will always be on-hand to support care staff in dealing with the traumatic loss of a client and to move on from the experience.

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Ultimately rewarding

In briefly explaining some of the conditions under which a care assistant may work, it has to be noted that care work can very fulfilling and satisfying. As a care assistant, you have the unique opportunity to help vulnerable people lead better lives, assisting them when they might not have help from anyone else. You can bring a ray (or two) of hope into their lives and let them feel the dignity and respect they deserve. In that, you’ll find the greatest reward is that you alone are responsible for making a real and significant difference to another person’s life and the happiness that brings.