Frequently asked questions about working as a Care Assistant

Are you looking for a role as a Care Assistant?

Here are the answers to some FAQ's about working in this role.

Use the tabs below to see the answers to:

  • What does a care assistant do?
  • What skills do care assistants need?
  • Can you be a care assistant with no experience?
  • How much do care assistants earn in the UK?
  • Is care work a good career?
  • How to become a care assistant

What does a care assistant do?

The typical duties are wide-ranging, and no two days are the same. The aim of the role is to help your clients the best you can with their day-to-day activities. 

 

The role consists of:

  • Bathing/Dressing your patient 
  • Light cleaning around the house I.E folding laundry or getting rid of rubbish
  • Giving the resident their medication
  • Being a companion for the resident
  • Driving them to the doctors / other appointments they may have
  • Grocery shopping

What skills do care assistants need?

The skills you need to succeed in this role are:

  • Patience
  • Empathetic & caring
  • Reliable
  • Sensitive
  • Bubbly 
  • Positive

Employers are looking for someone their clients can have a laugh with, and be in safe hands. If you're empathetic, caring and patient, this role may be perfect for you. 

Can you be a care assistant with no experience?

The good news is, no experience is needed to be a Care Assistant. Usually your employer will give you full training, fully paid!

You may be required to have a DBS, depending where you're working, but this is usually arranged with your employer and nothing to worry about. 

How much do care assistants earn in the UK?

This differs depending where you are in the UK, and which company you work for. Currently at redwigwam, we have Care Assistant roles ranging from £9.50-£12 an hour. This varies, and can be much higher depending on the employer. 

Is care work a good career?

Not only is it a great career, it's incredibly rewarding. You'll be looking after the most vulnerable people in society, and enriching their lives. There are definitely challenging times, but it's all worth it!

How to become a care assistant

If you're looking for a Care Assistant role - look no further than redwigwam!

We get hundreds of Care roles loaded onto our system weekly, all over the UK. Simply sign up using your email address here and we’ll automatically match you to relevant jobs nearby.  You could sign up today & be making a difference tomorrow!

Not sure if a caring assistant role is for you, but you'd like to work in care? Why not check out our latest blog - 10 Types of Care Roles to Consider.

 

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