Social care workers typically support social workers in implementing care plans by providing the support, practical and emotional, the person in need requires.
This may involve working in a person’s home, in a day-care centre, residential care unit, foster home, community centre or nursing home. Social Care Practitioners may be working with children or adolescents, people with learning or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in community; older people; recent immigrants to Ireland, among others.
Responsibilities range from providing personal care such as washing, dressing, feeding and toileting, to assisting with the delivery of activity programmes in day-care centres or nursing homes, through to managing a team of social care workers in any of these settings. Specific care roles include: care worker, respite worker, care attendant and home help assistants.
Personal attributes such as empathy, compassion, self-awareness and open-mindedness are typical of those found working in the social care sector. Strong communication skills, an ability to use critical reflection, teamwork and interdisciplinary work are all important skills for social care practitioners.
To be a care worker you need to be a people person with a compassionate attitude, a healthy dose of empathy, communication skills and open mindedness.