The world is full of rewarding careers that offer all sorts of benefits as a working professional looking to move their life forward. One of the most rewarding, especially according to those already within the profession themselves, is care work. If it’s something that you’ve considered as a future career for yourself, there’s certainly never been a better time to do so. As the population ages, more and more demand for this kind of work is becoming available. Here’s what you should know about it.

When you’re working within the care industry, you’ll find that you’ll have more tasks than, say, a retail worker. But that’s what makes the job so interesting with no day being the same. Regardless of specialties, some of the most basic things you’ll be able to do for and with your patient include:

  • Basic daily client care: Since your job will be to provide client care, this could include tasks such as helping individuals dress, wash and other daily care activities. Your involvement in those will depend on the needs of the person and may change as they need more support.
  • Support with financials and practicals: A lot of care workers will require help in activities such as cooking, paying bills and other tasks that require more support. This could also include light cleaning (as it relates to the client’s needs) and helping otherwise with daily chores where needed by the client for their basic care.
  • Offering support with exercise: Another important aspect of client care is going to be helping the individual stay active. This could be walking around the block, enjoying a stroll along the river or even just taking them outside their property to get out and enjoy the sunshine.
  • Providing emotional support: Most importantly, a care worker will be able to offer emotional support to their client. This could be engaging them in conversation and most importantly listening.

There are also some practical details that you’ll also want to keep in mind if care work is something that sounds interesting as a potential option for you:

  • You’ll have rough patients and days: We all want to think that we’ll have caring and supportive patients, but sometimes patients don’t like to accept your help. You may need to keep this in mind so that you can stay positive and focused on the job even on those tough days.
  • It requires intensive patience: Whether it’s memory issues, lack of acceptance (of your help) issues, or just a sick patient, you’ll want to make sure that you stay patient with your client on all days, even the hard ones.
  • You need an Enhanced DBS check: Lastly, you’ll need to have an Enhanced DBS Check that is current at the time of your employment. An Enhanced DBS Check ensures that you as the individual are safe to work with vulnerable adults.