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Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 09:08:57

I want to be a Carer but don't know which option would be better, home care or care home?
I want to do it part time.
I have young children, one in school and one in nursery so this could be difficult but doable.
I asked about volunteering but one local home don't take volunteers and another home didn't get back to me.

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Tobuyornot99 Sun 20-May-18 09:12:43

What sort of are do you want to do? Older people, younger people, challenging behavior etc? I don't think any sort of care is "better", but there will be something that suits you better.

It's a rewarding but hard job that can lead to promotion and training opportunities if you are interested.

Do you know any carers or nurses who could advise?

Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 09:18:38

Care for the elderly and vunerable people with disabilities

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Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 09:22:46

One thing I do know is that I prefer to work with other people that are doing the same job so care home might be better?

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cropcirclesinthefields Sun 20-May-18 09:47:32

My dh is a carer, it depends on if you want to be in a carehome or community environment, find a good agency that listens to the clients. CQC reports are very telling for this and how they treat their staff. Do you have any NVQs? Level 2 is the main one they want.

Although it is a very rewarding job, the stories dh tells me about the clients and about how thankful they are to have the help,

Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 10:10:17

I don't have an NVQ but I do have a 'Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care' certificate level 2

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Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 10:11:09

crop does your dh do home care or care home?

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Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 10:11:27

Thanks for the replies

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cropcirclesinthefields Sun 20-May-18 11:00:39

@Horsedogbird he's done both, community is more varied but can have higher costs (fuel, business insurance). Carehome can be a faster pace day, you have to get everyone up and personal care done in a certain time.

Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 11:49:45

Thanks for the info

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colditz Sun 20-May-18 11:57:30

Unless you have a certain callousness of nature, care home work will break you.

Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 12:10:08

Wow colditz, I certainly don't and yes maybe it would certainly if it was full time but I wouldn't do it full time but yes I think I would get frustrated for sure.

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colditz Sun 20-May-18 14:48:08

No not frustrated, heartbroken

harlaandgoddard Sun 20-May-18 14:55:12

Honestly? I wouldn’t recommend it but maybe it will suit you better.

Care home 100% over home care.

Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 18:36:08

Colditz and Harland do you have personal experience?

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colditz Sun 20-May-18 18:38:05

Yes, I worked in Nursing and Residential homes for 8 years

Ollivander84 Sun 20-May-18 18:39:33

I do home care, 2 nights a week now

user1492621884 Sun 20-May-18 18:44:00

Horse I'm a part time community carer, I absolutely love it. I work around school hours and my dh hours so don't have to pay child care. Mine are older though.

Fuel costs are the only downfall but we as a company are paid way above minimum wage so swings and roundabouts really.

It is so rewarding, we make such a difference to our service users lives.

I couldn't personally work in a care Home after seeing my grandad pass away in one earlier this year. Although the staff were fantastic they were run off their feet, not enough staff or facilities for the service users to benefit from.

Phillipa12 Sun 20-May-18 18:45:37

I volunteer with a home care agency and what colditz says is why my boss set up her own agency. I love it, nothing has phased me yet and its the knowing that i am helping someone live in their own home that means so much. I am lucky in that its a very small agency i work for, i dont think i could work in a care home.

Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 18:50:00

I lost family too in a care home, I do care a lot about these people because having had personal experience of it myself. I think I would find it heartbreaking in a nursing home if I'm honest so maybe I shouldn't do it or maybe community care one day. Thanks though

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colditz Sun 20-May-18 18:53:41

Staffing ratios in res homes are 10:1. You have 10 people to get up and out of bed in a two hour time frame. By the time you have finished helping the last, the first needs the toilet and has been waiting for your attention for too long.

5 out of those 10 will need help with their food. If they're lucky, you will mix and match and they will only be the last to be helped once a week. Otherwise they will sit and look at their food for an hour while they wait for you.

8/10 will need help toileting. This may be a quick help with trousers after a wee or it may be a shower because they have dementia and they're smearing faeces and you were helping someone else so weren't there to stop them. 1 or 2 with wet or soil themselves because you were too late because you were too busy.

By the way, you cannot bath 10 people on your own every day. So some of them are having a strip wash instead.

All will need help getting to bed. If you're kind and they're verbal, you can arrange their bedtimes to suit them. If they all want to go to bed at 10pm it's tough shit because bedtime for ten people who need physical help is going to take 2 hours minimum.

Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 18:54:20

Phillips thank you. I didn't know you could volunteer with a care company?

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Horsedogbird Sun 20-May-18 18:57:32

Colditz thanks for your honesty and it's not fair that it's like that for them.

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MakeTheManSomeFuckingEggs Sun 20-May-18 18:59:20

Spot on colditz, sums up most of my days at work.

FissionChips Sun 20-May-18 19:06:05

Have you thought about support work with people with learning disabilities? You help them live their day to day life, maybe take them swimming or other interests they have. It does involve personal care a bit but overall the job is much much easier and a hell of a lot more pleasant than working in care homes for the elderly.

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