About care

About Care

There are so many different roles and areas within care, from supporting young people with learning disabilities, to helping an older person living with dementia. Everyone wants to live as independently as possible and by joining social care you can support them to live the life they choose.

What is homecare?

Carers who support people in their own homes and communities are called home care or domiciliary carers. 

As a home carer you would be helping people to live as independently as possible in their own homes. This may include personal care such as washing, bathing and dressing, assisting them to get around their home or community and domestic tasks. 

It may be for short periods of time as someone overcomes an illness or for longer ongoing care and support. There are opportunities to build relationships with the people you are supporting and their families as you get to know people in their own homes. 

Residential care

Residential care allows people to have the support they need available to them 24 hours a day. 

There are different types of residential care, including elderly care, dementia care, end of life care and nursing homes. There are also some residential settings for people with learning disabilities and other care needs.

As a carer in a residential setting, you will be supporting residents to have an active and enjoyable life. You will provide personal care, assist people to move around the home and be a vital social connection. You may help to support leisure and creative activities too. 

Working within a care home means you will be supported by always having a team around you and will develop good relationships with the people you are supporting as they receive ongoing support.

What is residential care?
What is it like to support people with learning disabilities?
Learning disability support

Supporting people with learning disabilities is a very varied and really rewarding role where you will be helping people to live as independently as possible. 

The support you provide will be unique to each person as the needs of people will be different from one person to another. You may support personal care and domestic tasks but with a focus on helping people to build on their skills and abilities as well as supporting wellbeing. You will also help people to get out and about in their local community, meet people, support them to take part in activities and hobbies or education.

Extra care housing/assisted living

Extra care housing is a type of housing with care. It allows people to maintain independence whilst being able to access care and support as needed in a purpose-built community. 

You will be providing care much as you would in home care, but you are also a comforting presence available for 24-hour emergency support.

What is reablement?

Reablement is a short-term intervention, helping people to increase their independence and do things for themselves after a stay in hospital or bereavement for example. 

You would be using your experience to help someone get back on their feet, breaking things down into small steps to reach bigger goals. You may also help to find suitable aids to allow them to do more tasks for themselves. The aim is to remove or reduce the need for ongoing support.