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What can I say I love my job

Advantagesrewarding, free training, meeting new people, learning

Disadvantagespay, can be hard work, draining

"..INTRODUCTION.. Hi Iím Lisa, 36 and have been working as a care assistant for many years now and in different homes. Iíve always worked the night shift as it is suitable for me to do so with my partner and child. I have to admit my job does have itís ups and downs, its advantages and disadvantages, but so do all jobs I expect. It is tiring and very demanding work, physically and mentally draining, but all the same I enjoy and love my work. Itís ..." Read review
17.08.2012

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My new career - **Night Shift Update**

AdvantagesVery rewarding work

DisadvantagesCan be smelly and low pay

"...with mine. Hours ===== With this being a residential home the hours can be flexible but you also need to be flexible as well because sometimes you will be asked to cover for colleagues who are sick or on holiday. There are three shifts available. The morning shift, afternoon shift and night shift. My Hours Monday 2pm-8pm Tuesday Day off Wednesday 9am-12pm Thursday 9am-12pm Friday 9am-12pm Saturday 2pm-8pm Sunday 2pm-8pm (Saturday ..." Read review
18.04.2006

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Community Level 5kimp123

kimp123

Home Sweet Home.

AdvantagesRewarding and worthwhile.

DisadvantagesHard work and lot's of responsibility.

"...a Care Assistant in a Residential EMI home, I feel qualified to give my opinion. I have often, after being asked what job I did, been met with, "I really don't know how you can do it" or "I admire you". Well, let's be thankful that there are care assistants as we may all need one at some time in our lives. *****What Does The Job Involve. The job can vary hugely depending on the place in which you are working and the needs of the clients there. ..." Read review
05.11.2005

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I care more than you will ever know.

AdvantagesSharing a wealth of emotions.

DisadvantagesHaving to eventually retire

"...been deemed suitable to receive residential care. They are then placed in a home that either their family or their social worker has agreed on and their life begins according to how they fit in and settle. The government agrees on the funding that the individual will need to be kept in the home and arrange payment to an account each week. At the moment I believe that the Disability Living Allowance ( DLA ) is in two components. 1. Care component ..." Read review
18.09.2008

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Community Level 4womble

womble

Filling the 'care' gap

AdvantagesA 'people' job with prospects if you want to advance

DisadvantagesLow pay, low status

"...as a support worker, in residential settings for 7 years. It wasn't an easy job, most people assumed it was just cleaning and wiping, but to me, it was a wonderful opportunity to inject a bit of myself into my job, I worked with and for some amazing people, had some great experiences, and ultimately, used my experience in the field to pursue a professional qualification in Social Work and now work from the other side of the fence, so to speak. As ..." Read review
26.05.2001

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Community Level 8dynamicnurse

dynamicnurse

A caring state?

AdvantagesSee text.

DisadvantagesSee text.

"This review is on one of the most rewarding, yet most undervalued job that there can ever be. And I've done some! First off, lets' take a look at the disadvantages. The work is not at all valued, which is shown in the number of hours that people work alonsgide the low rate of pay that is offered. Many care homes regardless of whether they are privately owned or are a part of a bigger company, will generally pay the national minimum wage or just ..." Read review
24.01.2008

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Who Cares ? I do

AdvantagesRewarding and happy environment to work in

Disadvantageshard constant work, low pay

"...a care assistant, in a residential rest home. This entails, working on a rota system with other team members. The hours and shifts vary on a pattern of :- 7am - 12 7.30 am - 2pm 7.30am - 3pm 3pm -9pm On each shift there is a shift leader, who supervises the staff and informs us of any changes and events from the previous working shift. The shift leader is there for any questions or problems that may arise in the working hours. On entering ..." Read review
25.11.2007

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Community Level 2KarenSioned

KarenSioned

Training and registration- cahnges in care work.

Advantagesjob satisfaction, training, meet very interesting poeple

Disadvantageshard work, not for the faint hearted, low pay, the job can be 'public whipping boy'

"I have worked in the care industry for 32 years now and have worked myself up from an instructor in a day centre for disabled adults to being a manager of a day centre for disabled people. I had a career change31 years ago, when I decided teaching was not for me and I turned my talents to instructing crafts in a day centre. I have been trained through my employer - social services. I can say that I have had excellent training to equip me for ..." Read review
15.01.2007

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Community Level 5poet831

poet831

It takes a special person

AdvantagesExtremely fulfilling, allows you to make a difference in the lives of the elderly

DisadvantagesOverworked, underpaid, emotionally draining

"...true in the field of residential home care assistants. It is a job which requires less a wish for money than a desire to help people and make a difference in the twilight years of their lives. I worked in this field on and off for twenty years, both in England and in the US. It is a hard job, both physically and emotionally draining, yet there is also joy from the smallest pleasures sometimes, and from knowing you are trying to do your bit to make ..." Read review
26.02.2003

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Making a home, home for a child

Advantages helping a child and its family

Disadvantages the pain I felt for some of the sad cases

"...or similar qualifications. Some staff were residential others lived out. I lived out I was newly married and had just moved into the area when I started this job. As a housemother I would come on duty either at 7.30 o’clock in the morning or 11 o’clock and work till either 4 o’clock or 7.30 in the evening. I would work one shift my co house mum would work the other each taking a lunch break at different times. Our assistants ..." Read review
01.10.2003

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Community Level 5micheledog

micheledog

A CARERS POINT OF VIEW

Advantagesmaking a differance to these peoples lives

Disadvantageslow paid

"...one in a nursing or residential home, Is not to feel guilty about this decision, Or gratitude to us carers, We are there because we want to be, And are not all there just for the money. They are all someoneís loved ones. Maybe someday our carers will love us. But until my time comes, I hope to go on And make these places a better place. I am in the right job. I can, and will make a difference to these wonderful peoples lives Since ..." Read review
19.12.2002

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