Different types of roles within the adult social care sector

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How to identify your perfect fit

The adult social care sector welcomes everyone; from students to retirees, from those starting out to those starting over. Yet despite the diversity, all employees share the same characteristics. They are sensitive to the needs of others, they are good listeners, they are good communicators, they are patient. Most importantly, they are kind.

And with so many roles available, you’re bound to find your perfect fit.

Direct care roles

Adult social care workers love that no two days are the same. They support the more vulnerable people in our communities with their day-to-day needs, give their physical and social activities a boost, provide company, help with their personal care, assist at mealtimes, and anything else that is needed to give someone a better quality of life.

There are three similar primary roles to that of a care worker. These are a support worker, a shared lives care worker and a personal assistant.

A support worker provides extra support; this includes things like teaching essential life skills, such as how to cook a healthy meal and do laundry, as well as providing additional emotional support.

A shared lives worker welcomes a person into their own home to give welcome respite to families.

A personal assistant builds a close relationship with one person and takes on extra duties, such as taking the individual to an appointment and helping with their housework.

Other direct care roles for you to explore include counsellor, social worker, therapists, rehab worker, health visitor and activities worker.

Indirect care roles

If your skillset is more relevant to indirect care but you’re itching to have a rewarding job, then a role in management could be just what you’re looking for.

The variety in this field is big too. First there are line managers, middle managers and senior managers. All these roles are able to work in a variety of locations, from care homes to supported living flats.

Plus, their responsibilities are varied too, they manage staff, identify training needs, undertake care assessments, recruit, comply with regulations, oversee budgets, make strategic decisions and get involved with project work.

No matter the level of management, their role is to provide the highest level of care and support in the community. This includes the staff too!

Or, if you fancy focusing on one area, think about a Specialist Coordinator role. And if organisation is your superpower, then an admin assistant role sounds the perfect match.