The future of Care is a heartfelt issue. It’s why it’s the subject of an Oscar nominated film. And, one of the UK’s biggest challenges today!
An ageing population: 45% (5.3m) of pensioners are disabled compared to 5% (800,000) of children and 16% (5.8m) of working age adults – meaning the numbers of disabled people requiring support is rising. The sector needs an estimated extra 1m care professionals by 2025 and now the Care Bill will place people at the centre of care provision, changing the nature of delivery.
So what does that mean for aspiring and experienced Care professionals, like you?
A CAREER TO FIT YOU – TRENDS
For passionate people the Care Sector offers not just a diverse range of career paths – from care home to community, learning difficulties to dementia – but also flexibility. “It doesn’t matter about your background or how old you are; somewhere in your community there’s a job that you can do to help others,” says Agne Taparauskaite, specialist Residential Care consultant at Angel Human Resources.
The 24/7 nature of Social Care means covering anything from a midnight hospital discharge to simply calling someone on the phone to check they’re ok – making it ideal for people with other commitments, like family responsibilities.
A CAREER TO FIT YOU – OPPORTUNITIES
An astounding 96% of workers feel their work makes a difference says Skills for Care; who use passionate professionals to share their enthusiasm with potential recruits through the I Care… initiative.
“Indeed, care starts in the community,” says Agne from Angel Human Resources, “So we hold coffee mornings and networking events to reach out to ideal candidates, like mums returning to work or people with personal care experience, who have ideal transferrable skills.”
By aligning with a good agency, like Angel, you’ll be supported from day one, whether it’s through our hands-on apprenticeship scheme, or consistent and varied work opportunities via our reputation as a favoured supplier to private and NHS providers.
BEYOND PASSION – TRENDS
By 2035 over 65s will account for 23% of the UK population, while a recent Age UK survey found 1 in 4 people over 65 have no-one to go to for help and support. In fact, the emotional upheaval experienced by a family caring for an increasingly disabled elderly person has been explored in Oscar-nominated animated film The Bigger Picture:
“[M]y grandmother had to move downstairs … she needed grab bars, then … a wheelchair and then an electric wheelchair. All of these moments are full of so much angst because they represent so much,” says the filmmaker.
The skills required for working with the elderly are especially wide ranging. Angel Human Resources specialist says, “An isolated and housebound 67 year old with multimorbidities will need more support than a fit 88 year old with an active social life and family support.”
So what does that mean for you?
BEYOND PASSION – OPPORTUNITIES
Providers are keen to hire the right person first time. This means looking beyond requisite qualifications to often harder to quantify skills and values.
Sight loss, for example, is a common problem in older people, but identifying it isn’t always easy – being observant is key, says the RNIB. Plus, great communication is paramount. You’re not just developing a relationship with the service user, but often managing the expectations of family members, so empathy and respect are essential.
“We always ensure our Care professionals have great soft skills and the right values for a given role,” says Agne from Angel Human resources. “We work with candidates to develop and showcase these essential qualities.”
REABLEMENT – THE TREND
One of the most exciting and challenging moves in Social Care is reablement. Offering service users structured support to maintain or regain independence, reablement is seen as crucial to reducing NHS pressure. But, it’s also a significant culture change:
“To many home care still means completing tasks, like washing and dressing, for the service-user; but 21st century care is about supporting autonomy,” says Angel specialist.
Although watching someone struggle on their journey to self care can be hard for Care workers, actually the new system brings with it a host of opportunities and benefits.
REABLEMENT – OPPORTUNITIES
Not only does reablement foster collaborative working – assessments are made in conjunction with a range of health and care workers – but it addresses the needs of the whole person – physical, social and emotional.
“At Angel, we only supply compassionate Care personnel who understand that for most service users the psychological obstacles to independence and wellbeing far outweigh the physical,” says Angel HR.
Motivation is a key aspect of successful reablement outcomes. You could be supporting someone to cook independently, but equally you could be encouraging them to make community connections – both equally daunting.
A good agency, like Angel, will support Care professionals to negotiate this change; ensuring skills are kept up to date, keeping candidates abreast of industry news and providing essential training where necessary.
21st century Care is increasingly about prevention and personalisation; providing a unique opportunity for passionate Care workers to develop skills in an area that interests them while getting real satisfaction for supporting people to live the best lives they can.