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10 signs you’d be a great carer

What makes a great carer? Whilst years of experience and fantastic training and development opportunities will help you thrive in your career as a carer, there are some skills that simply can’t be taught. These are things like your natural traits, personality, and approach to certain situations and tasks. Whether you have plenty of experience, or are completely new to the care sector, here’s what we believe are the 10 most significant signs that you’d be a great carer.

You have a passion for caring for others
Having a natural passion and flair for caring for others will make all the difference in a career as a carer. Regardless of whether or not you have years of experience working in care, being a naturally caring and kind person will help you get started in your career.

You love a challenge
When you work in the care sector, every day is different – especially in a role as a carer. If you’re someone who thrives in an environment where you’re constantly trying new things and you can challenge yourself, then a role as a carer could be a great fit for you.

You’re bubbly and outgoing
As a carer, you’ll spend a lot of your time with our wonderful residents – whether that be ensuring their daily care needs are met, getting involved with activities around the homes, or simply sitting and enjoying a cup of tea and a good natter with them. A bubbly and outgoing personality will help you keep their spirits high and make all the difference to their day.

You’re naturally empathetic
Being able to show support for our residents and understand how they’re feeling is so important as a carer. Having a natural sense of empathy will help you relate to their feelings and provide them with the care they need.

You’re patient and understanding
When working as a carer, you’ll be spending a lot of time with residents who have dementia and may need more time to process and respond to everyday tasks or questions. Being patient and understanding is an invaluable skill that’ll aid you in working as a carer.

You can adapt to changing situations
At times, working in care can be unpredictable. As every day is different in care, sometimes things can change. Therefore, it’s important to be able to adapt to those changes quickly and effectively.

You’re looking for a rewarding job role
A role as a carer is an incredibly rewarding one. Every day you make a difference in someone’s life, whether it be something as small as making them a cup of tea or helping them keep positive during a particularly challenging time.

You’re a great communicator
Being a great communicator will not only help when it comes to taking care of residents but, also when working in a team. As a carer, you’ll be part of a wider team, so it’s important that you’re able to communicate clearly and effectively with them.

You’re a team player
Speaking of working in a team, being a team player is incredibly important as a carer. You’ll be working alongside a team of other care assistants to deliver quality care every single day so, being able to work cohesively is essential.

You pay attention to the details
As a carer, it’s your job to ensure that our residents always receive quality care – e.g. that they receive their daily medicine/essentials, and are taken care of properly. Being detail-oriented will help you spot any problems ahead of time.

Find your perfect role in care
Do these all sound like you? Then it looks like you’ve found your ideal career path! Explore our range of job roles in care on our careers hub and start your brand new career in the care sector. For more information about Borough Care and what it’s like to work in our care homes, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.