Do you have what it takes to become a Senior Care Assistant?

Do you have what it takes to become a Senior Care Assistant?

Fosse Leicester’s Senior Care Assistant, Ashleigh, began her career in care at just 16 with an apprenticeship for the NHS.

Two years later Ashleigh joined Fosse as a community Care Assistant, and aside from a brief time spent working for a care home in 2016, she has been with us ever since. Ashleigh kindly shares her experiences as a Senior.

“I know from experience that the role of a Senior Care Assistant can seem daunting, especially to those who have worked in community care for a few years and have become comfortable with their routine. But there is such a fantastic side to the job which I don’t think many people see or experience without becoming one themselves.

For one thing, my role as Senior means I have a lot more responsibility. It’s a very interesting job and feels like I’m making a real difference, but there is no doubt that it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. I work as part of the office team to ensure the Care Workers and Clients are happy, and my work really differs from day-to-day.

For example, an average day for me might be taking phone calls, meeting with Social Services or printing care plans. I could be out completing care worker supervisions, checking in with our care recipients or doing spot checks. Every now and then I also go out on care, particularly if we’re short staffed, but I have more than enough care experience so I don’t mind!

As you can see my job is really varied but I enjoy doing all of these things; I get to meet and spend time with our Care Workers and Clients, and chat with them about things which wouldn’t necessarily come up during a care call.

The best part about being a Senior though is having the ability and knowledge to problem solve. Whether it’s a concern, a complaint or a question, being able to help gives me a sense of real achievement which can’t be matched.

The other side to this coin is that I am sometimes working with people who have become upset or distressed about something, and I may not always be able to immediately resolve it, but I stay calm, and I offer as much support, care and guidance as I can.

To me, the main difference between a Senior and a Care Assistant lies with your drive and determination. I believe that in order to be a good Senior you need to have a good work ethic; being able to plan your own time and meet deadlines is a must. You also need to be kind, caring, patient and a good listener, but equally have the strength and professionalism to stand your ground when required.

The best piece of advice I could give to any Care Assistant reading this who would like to become a Senior, would be to remember that we are all here to support one another, and we are a team. It’s okay to have a rant or be stressed – I certainly do some days! –  but I know I have the support and understanding of those around me no matter what, and that they’ll help if I ask. Whether working out in the community or in the office we all want the same thing; to provide our clients with the best quality of care. I feel I contribute to that.

I’ve learned a lot in my time as a Senior, and I have certainly grown over the years, as I’m sure you will too. My five year plan is to progress further, even moving into a Coordinator role when I’m ready, but who knows how far I could go!”

A huge thank you to Ashleigh for her amazing and insightful testimonial of what it’s like to be a Senior!

Fosse Healthcare is always on the lookout for exceptional staff looking to further their career with us. If you have an ambition to make the leap from Care Assistant to Senior as Ashleigh did, get in touch with your local branch and we will do all we can to help you to develop and grow, to achieve your goals.

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