Care assistants or care providers make a difference to lives of many who require help in their daily or routine activities. People with some kind of disabilities, children, or older people need care assistants to look after their needs. Care assistants may work in hospitals, institutions or with families who need special care for their family member. The role and responsibilities of a care assistant depends on the specific care requirements of the clients. Within healthcare settings the care assistant will be required to attend to patients and work along with other medical staff and nurses.
Care assistants are trained to identify and take care of patients with special needs, build relationships, and support the patient care requirements. The work involves lot of dedication and an inclination to community service. Since the role involves working with people with disabilities and special care needs, care assistants must have a good knowledge of health care requirements.
The care assistants are responsible for understanding the special needs of the patients they attend to, take care of their requirements, ensure the safety of the environment in which the patients are kept, serve meals, wash and dress the patients, help them in treatment procedures, ensure comfort of the patients, and monitor the health conditions on a daily basis.
• Must be perceptive to patient needs and emotionally supportive
• Must be physically fit
• Must have patience and a good sense of humor
• Should have a good knowledge of health care and hygiene
• Must be capable of handling emergency situations