Published on February 17th, 2021
Care workers have a variety of different roles, especially since COVID-19, when they have been asked to train up and take on more responsibilities than ever before. But what is their role, and how do they specialize within different care homes?
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There are many types of carers working in care homes across the country. In this care home in Chingford, there is a wealth of professionalism and types of carers.
The manager is a trained lawyer, but she retrained in health and social care after experiencing life with her father, who had dementia. She wanted to make a difference. Below are the types of carer you might find in any care home.
1. Acute Carer
These carers specialize in short term or acute care. This may mean if a patient has sprained a wrist or cut themselves.
It can also include more long-term conditions such as recovering from an injury or operation and care for residents who are ill or have an urgent medical condition.
2. Sub-Acute Carer
These are the intermediate carers. If a resident needs longer-term help but is expected to recover at some point. They care for people who can’t be cared for at home but aren’t ill enough to be in hospital full time.
3. Long-Term Carer
This is when patients need care long term or perhaps for the remainder of their lives but are mentally stable/do not need a trained nurse to care for them.
These carers are commonly found in several different care homes and are specially trained to make sure that those that need it gain access to the best possible care without having to spend a small fortune.
4. Skilled Nursing Carer
Skilled nursing care is needed when a patient is very ill and needs a professional to look after them. It is usually for long term cases when treatment is ongoing that is more than normal medicines.
The carer is a professionally trained nurse and might not work at the care home full time. Nurses sometimes come to care homes for visits and checkups only.
Alternatively, there are a number of nursing homes out there on the market that can provide the high level of care for those with physical disabilities as well as illnesses such as Dementia and other illnesses that are likely to worsen over time.
5. Specialized Care Worker
These care workers have a speciality in some form of care. They might, for example, be specialized in the care of dementia patients. Specialized carers can be very helpful to people as they understand the mindset and the situation of their patients.
Often specialized carers have specific relationships with residents and help them with therapy sessions and work with them to improve their quality of life.
6. Night Carer
These hard-working carers stay overnight in the care home. They are expected to plan and give care throughout the night when residents need it. They are on call at all times and expected to check on residents and make sure all is well.
7. Bank Carer
This refers to the term’ staff bank’. These carers are expected to come in when staff are off ill and fill in for them.
They might have specific specializations or be an all-round assistant. These are still trained caregivers and are on hand to make sure that the same level of care is provided despite any illnesses or absences from work.
If you would like to get involved in care work or train as a specialized carer, the time is now. Care homes across the UK are struggling and need an influx of new trained and qualified staff.