5 Reasons Why Working in a Care Home is So Rewarding

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Whether you’re fresh out of school or thinking of a career change, the health and social care sector offers a wide range of diverse, well paid and rewarding job roles.

In this article we list and discuss 5 reasons why working in a care home is so rewarding. Read on to discover the reasons why you should consider career opportunities within the care sector.

Daily Challenges

If you’ve ever faced a challenge you’ll admit that there is nothing more pleasing and rewarding than overcoming the challenge at hand. A job in a care home guarantees that you’ll deal with a number of different challenges, sometimes on a daily basis. If you can handle the pressure you’ll reap the benefits.

Team Work

Some people prefer to work alone, but if you are someone who loves to work as part of a team then working in a care home should be right up your street. Although there may be times when you lone work, the majority of your work day will be spent alongside your colleagues where you’ll work as a team to support the elderly residents. Tasks may include operating a hoist to support an elderly client into the washroom or making up the numbers to play card games with residents. No matter the task, you can be sure that the outcome will be a rewarding one.

Learning to Communicate & Listen

Effective communication and active listening are two very important skills and are used often in many sectors, however, it is the health and social care sector where these two skills are honed and refined. Working in a care home means that you will be working with individuals who have personalised needs and so being able to effectively communicate and actively listen is vital.
On the job training and the use of these skills on a daily basis means you’ll become an expert in no time.

Life lessons

Getting to know the residents, sharing stories and hearing about their life experiences is funny, emotional and educational. Many find that they learn more from their residents than any teacher has ever taught them.

From wartime stories, to elaborate hen parties, funny adventures and do’s and don’ts in marriage, you can learn them all while communicating and supporting care home residents.

Making a difference

When you choose to work with the elderly, you’ll not only be providing important care to a deserving population; you’ll be rewarded with true gratitude.

Working with the elderly gives you the opportunity to make a real difference in someone’s life – it takes a very special kind of person to care for others, however, what makes a person stand out is their passion for caring for a very vulnerable sector of our society. It’s not for everyone because it can be emotional, it’s hard work, and you have to work with people who are frail but at the same time, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs in the world because you can make someone feel valued and play a special part in their lives at a time they need you the most.

For the right person, long-term care can be a highly rewarding experience and provides enormous personal fulfilment. You develop real relationships with residents you see every day, and it can really add a sense of purpose to your life.

In short, working within a care home will give you the opportunity to face new challenges, learn new skills and give back to the vulnerable.

Register with Ranacare today and we’ll help you find the perfect care home job, alternatively feel free to contact us on 0161 786 7862 we’d love to help you discover new opportunities in your local area.