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5 Key Duties of a Carer

What is a Carer?

A Carer can support you with a number of caring needs including Personal Care and General Care, providing support that helps them live with more independance and choice. Everyday we strive to provide a stimulating environment and first class care and support to our sevice users.

Lots of different people require care for a variety of reasons.

Below are 5 key duties of a Carer:

Personal Care:

For some of those just entering the Care Sector, the thought of providing personal care can seem quite intimidating and perhaps even uncomfortable. There are many reasons why a service user may require personal care.

Some exampls of Personal Care include:

  1. Assistance with washing

  2. Assistance with dressing

  3. Assistance using the toilet

  4. Oral Hygiene

  5. Skincare

  6. Haircare

Personal Care is extremely important and helps maintain a person's dignity, health and wellbeing.


Mobility is an important aspect of care for those with reduced mobility, who may need assistance with completing day to day tasks.

There are many reasons a service user may require assistance with their mobility, for example, this may be due to an injury, or a neurological or joint condition. Some people may require assistance with equipment to enable them to move around, such as hoists, walking aids or wheelchairs.

The importance of mobility care is being able to assist a service

user to complete their tasks if possible, rather than doing it for them.

Medicine Management:

As a carer it is your duty to ensure you understand the patients needs and administer the correct drug and the correct dose at the correct time. The medicine should be kept in a safe place in the patients home, ideally in a locked cupboard or drawer.

Supporting Communication:

A carer must be able to communicate verbally to respond to questions, find out about patients problems or needs, and draw out all the information they need from a service user as they can come across barriers.

The ability to listen, build rapport and communicate feelings, thoughts and intentions are core communication skills. Speaking at a slightly slower page allows the service user time to process what you have said and respond.

Empathy and Patience:

A good carer has empathy and the ability to put themselves in the shoes of the people they are for. The ability to do this allows a carer to fully undestand the needs of their service users and will tailor the care they provide around their understanding to ensure high quality, person-centered support.

A good carer will always be patient and will understand that it's what you achieve is important, not how long it takes you to achieve it.

Being a carer can be a very rewarding job. Even the role can be hard and often challenging, making a positive difference to someone's life and helping them become more independant brings feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction.

It's a great career choice for those who enjoy a varied job role and lots of interaction with others.

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