This is an important question and one that is worth exploring. Live in care is hard work and not suited to everyone, but for those people it does suit it can be a rewarding and fulfilling job.
The most important quality that we look for in our candidates is their attitude and compassion. The people who make the best carers are those who are genuinely interested in the wellbeing and welfare of those around them. Care skills can be taught and we will provide training, but personality and compassion will be your natural characteristic.
There are a variety of other important attributes that we will look for in a carer, some of these are essential:
• Our clients need to understand their carers and know that they are going to be understood. It is because of this that we have to make sure that our carers have very good spoken and written English. It doesn’t need to be your first language, but you must be able to understand, write and speak very well. We will carry out a telephone interview with all of our candidates to check on this.
• The ability to cook and prepare fresh, healthy, British food is another key skill our candidates must be able to demonstrate. One of the big appeals of staying at home instead of going into a residential home is that you have control over what you eat and when. Therefore it is really important that all of our carers are able to cook, understand British cuisine and follow recipes. Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures and we need to be able to share this with our clients. We’ve also produced a carers cookbook (link) that contains some basic recipes. Before applying we would ask that you make yourself familiar and comfortable with the recipes included.
Whilst others are not essential, but are certainly desirable and will open up more work options for our carers, these include:
• A full driving license and the confidence to drive in the UK. Being able to drive your client to appointments, or to visit friends and family or to go out for the day will mean that both they and you will have fun and share new and exciting experiences.
• Unless a client smokes themselves they often don’t want a carer who smokes, so whilst we won’t turn you away if you smoke we do find non-smokers have more choice of work.
Previous experience not necessary
Apart from these basic things, everything else is down to what our clients might need from a carer. We teach you the skills that you will need to do the job properly, every Christies Carer must complete an intensive 5 day course, so previous experience is not necessary (though it is not discouraged). Our clients have a variety of conditions and needs, some need people who drive for example, so we take on people with a range of backgrounds and skills, to meet our clients requirements.
If you think you meet our basic criteria and are interested in applying to work as a live-in carer please click here to start the application process.