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Review of "Health Care Assistant"

published 02/07/2014 | ravingreviewer
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Pro Rewarding role.
Cons Well underpaid.
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"Not just a care assistant."

Having worked in this role for some ten years or so, I feel that I have a good grounding and understanding for writing a review such as this. Some people may feel that this is too much for them to read which I do of course understand, so do not be worried if you cannot finish it!

I have worked as a Healthcare Assistant (hereby known as an HCA) in a number of different settings, which have included hospitals; residential care and/ or nursing homes, and day care centres. And in all of these places, I have had the privilege of caring for some of the most vulnerable people - many of whom would not be here today, if it was not for people who work in the same situations as me.

Many people would see this type of work as not being very favourable, which is not a bad description of it! It is very well underpaid with very long hours to do. Which is not really that bad a description, as that is pretty much it! You do get to build some very good relationships with people, staff and/ or those you care for.

I enjoy getting to know people needs and wants and how I can best meet them, of course within my own capabilities! It is not always easy to do, which does frustrate me lot but that sadly is down to the amount of pressure that is put on us by the powers that be.

Working as an HCA in a hospital setting is so much more different than it is in a care home or similar setting, as within the hospital there are always so many targets and so on to meet - even when you get to know a patient, you cannot always provide the best possible care. This may be because they are in and out so quick, or you have so many others to attend to whilst carrying out so many other different things too such as bed baths; blood pressure; feeding; urine checks, and so on.

But within a care home setting, you will find that the pace of life is so much slower and laid back - thus, allowing you to get to know your residents well enough in order to be able to provide the best possible care. Of course privately run care homes are rubbishly paid jobs, unlike the hospital where you get a half decent pay structure!

This is not a review that is going to last for much longer, as this is only really a very small insight in to my own experiences. Although some of them have not been very good at times!

However in conclusion what I will say is that to be an HCA (or indeed to work in any form of health care role), then it would take a very special type of person. One who is very caring and who empathises with those people they are working with; one who does not easily get upset but still cares enough to cry in private, and someone who doesn't really care much for money - because you will never have any!

You must also have broad shoulders, as you may find at times that people are going to be constantly having a go at you. Do not in any circumstance take this personally, as more than likely 99.9% of the time it will not be you - just stuff.

Thanks for reading.

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  • 1st2thebar published 22/11/2016
    Informative. For a reader's perspective the inclusion of remuneration and what kind of package you'll receive would be beneficial.
  • jb0077 published 21/05/2015
    VH review, thank you.
  • Secre published 09/04/2015
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