Healthcare assistants help with the day-to-day care of patients, either in hospitals or Care Home’s, Nursing Home’s and sometimes in patients’ own homes.
If you would like to care for people and make a positive difference to their lives, this could be the ideal job for you.
As a healthcare assistant you would work under the supervision of nursing staff. Your duties could include:
- helping patients to wash, shower or dress
- serving food or helping people eat
- making and changing beds
- turning patients who are confined to bed to avoid pressure sores
- talking to patients to help them feel less anxious
- helping patients to move around if they find it difficult
- giving out and collecting bedpans, and helping patients to the toilet
- making sure the ward or patients’ homes are tidy
- keeping supplies and equipment in order
- taking and recording observations such as temperature, pulse and breathing.
Your day-to-day work may include using mobility aids and equipment to help lift and move patients. In hospitals you may also escort patients between departments. With experience, you may be involved in induction training for new healthcare assistants.
Healthcare assistants are also known as support workers, nursing assistants and nursing auxiliaries.
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