A Healthcare Assistants (also known as HCA and carer) is a vital member of the team that supports the clinical team and residents of our Nursing Homes and specialist Memory Care Centres.
With the supervision and support of our qualified nursing staff, healthcare assistants carry out a wide range of duties in delivering high quality person-centred care to meet all care needs of residents.
Responsibilities may include:
- Getting to know residents’ interests and needs, providing attention, support and companionship
- Promoting the mobility of residents, supervising and assisting as necessary to ensure optimum mobility is maintained and improved where possible
- Enabling and assisting residents to maintain their personal appearance /hygiene needs while always maintaining their dignity
- Enabling and assisting residents to eat/drink and achieve physical comfort
- Participating, organising and carrying out social activities
- Sustaining high level of communication between resident’s family and staff developing good relationships
To be a healthcare assistant, you’ll need to be
- caring and kind
- cheerful and friendly
- willing to be hands-on with residents
- willing to do personal care tasks
- able to follow instructions and procedures
- able to work in a team but use your own initiative
Healthcare assistants are often the first point of contact for a resident, so you’ll need to be friendly and confident, with good interpersonal skills. You’ll need to be able to put residents at their ease, helping them with their personal care while making sure they feel comfortable and fully supported.
You’ll also need
- communication skills, including listening
- organisation skills
- observational skills
FETAC/QQI Level 5 qualification in Healthcare (completed or in process of completing) is required to work as a Healthcare Assistant with our group. Experience working in a healthcare environment (with a good knowledge of HIQA standards) is preferable.
Some key benefits to working with Mowlam Healthcare
- Sunday premium rates
- Paid breaks
- Free Garda Vetting
- Comprehensive induction training and continued in-house training/professional development
- Opportunities for career progression
- Paid training
- Covered/Subsidised meals
Where the role can lead?
You will be encouraged to take ongoing training and increase your knowledge and skills. With experience and training you could progress to Senior Carer, supervising the work of other Healthcare Assistants. Those with ambitions to go further and qualify as a nurse are also supported and encouraged.