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​Job role
​Community Home Care Assistant
​Reports to
​Care Manager / Deputy Manager
​Salary
​£12 to £12.75ph

Embark on a rewarding career as a Community Home Care Assistant. Your role is to make a positive difference to someone’s life. Specifically, is for people with physical, practical, social, emotional, or intellectual challenges.

You don’t need to have any previous work experience within the home care sector. This is because full training and inductions will be provided. But, you do need to have good health and the right values and behaviours. For example, you need to be kind, considerate, caring, and comfortable with forming close relationships with new people. You also need to be willing to develop your competences and skills to provide high-quality compassionate care and support.

By joining the sector as a Community Home Care Assistant, you are entering into a developing sector with guaranteed long-term growth. This is based on forecasts about Jersey’s aging and growing population. You are also opening yourself up to a career path with vast potential opportunities within the health and social care sector.

Home care includes any professional support services that allow a person to live safely in their home. In home care services can help someone who is:

  • aging and needs assistance to live independently
  • managing chronic health issues
  • recovering from a medical setback
  • or has special needs or a disability

Community Home Care Assistant job description

Apply

To apply, complete the Health Care Assistant application form and email it to the Help at Home team.

You'll find out if your application for an interview has been successful or not within 7 days of sending your application.

You'll then be invited to 1 interview with a panel of interviewers from one of Jersey’s home care organisations. Interviews are scheduled to take place monthly from October 2021 to March 2022.

Which organisation will I work for?

Help at home has the support of locally based home care providers.

If you're successfully shortlisted, a panel of home care representatives will allocate you to a local Home care organisation for an interview. This will both be based on your application and local organisation’s needs.

Reasons to become a Community Home Care Assistant

There are many reasons to consider a job or career in the home care sector. It can provide extra meaning to your life and career. It's a flexible job that can work around your busy life schedule. And it's a job with safe prospects during uncertain times. 

Privilege of making a difference is rewarding

Something that makes this sector stand out from others is the ability to make a real difference to people’s lives. Home care is about giving people the opportunity to live happier, healthier, and more independent lives within the comfort and privacy of their own homes. It is also about giving people more choice about where and how they are cared for whether it is home care, at hospital, or in a care home.

Aside from being good for physical wellbeing, home care is also good for people’s mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Mental and emotional wellbeing is closely linked with the feeling of independence and having a say in the decisions that affect your life.

Flexible schedule

We understand that flexible work schedules are becoming more popular as the way we live our lives changes. Does your life or schedule mean you can only dedicate a few hours a week? No problem. Contracts are flexible and can based on anything between 10 hours and 40 hours per week. So, if you can only offer one long shift of 10 hours per week, or two 5 hour shift days per week, we will still be delighted to hear from you. 

Work with interesting people and build relationships

All of our clients have a story to tell. Elderly clients have vast life experiences be it having had an interesting and successful career before retirement, living through fascinating events that have made history, or losing loved ones. Those who live with disability often have very different experiences of normal everyday occurrences such as going to school, college, university, travelling or simply going shopping. And those recovering from serious life changing injuries may be adjusting to a new normal which has seen the life they knew change vastly.

We can learn so much about, and from, others. In turn, this can help bring more depth, empathy, openness, and appreciation into our own lives.

Not only this, but the very nature of this role is to form close and trusting relationships with those who need your help. If you enjoy being around people and aren’t phased by meeting new people, then this could be a great job choice for you.

Ongoing growth and professional development

There are opportunities to progress through the ranks in home care and/or healthcare if that is something that interests you. You may get the opportunity to go on to deliver complex and specialist care to clients. This would be for people who need palliative care or care following a serious injury. Experience like this is invaluable and may open doors for you to progress elsewhere in the home care and/or healthcare sector.

Deliver complex care in home setting

When we think of complex care, we often associate it with a hospital location. However, the ability to deliver specialist care in a home setting is welcome for many reasons. Not only does it mean that the client may live in the comfort of their own home for as long as is safely possible. It also means you gain care experience in a diverse role which allows you to move around different locations. You don’t have to be in one location all day as you will get the flexibility of being able to travel around the Island. This can help add to the diversity of your role.

Home care sector is booming as the population ages

The aging population is projected to grow significantly in Jersey. This means that the home care sector has guaranteed growth, career development, and job safety prospects in the coming years.

Access to the latest technology

One of the key aides in home care is ‘Telecare’ and digital technology for online care management. Telecare involves use of the latest technologies to offer remote monitoring and support to the elderly, disabled, and vulnerable people who receive care at home so that they can live independently. Importantly, this does not replace face-to-face visits. What it does do though is provide a safety net to alert in the event of a problem. It can also provide health-related data to prevent and diagnose health issues early. 

Benefits

After you have successfully completed your training, a range of benefits may become available to you (benefits offered differ between organisations):

  • competitive rates of pay
  • competitive pension
  • holiday and sick pay
  • private health insurance
  • ongoing training and support
  • career progression
  • friendly working environment
  • free on-the-job parking
  • smart phone or tablet

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