Reasons to consider a job in Home Care
2 October, 2019
Home care is one of the fastest growing nurse specialities, and for good reason. For many nurses and carers, the idea of moving away from a traditional healthcare environment is an attractive proposition. Home care jobs offer a unique and challenging opportunity for nurses and carers looking for something different.
Flexibility and Autonomy
As we’ve mentioned before, finding a home care nurse job is a desirable career move for many nurses and carers and gaining experience working with clients in the community looking to transition from working in a hospital and gaining experience working with clients in the community. Working through an agency such as Direct Healthcare, you will be able to manage your shifts around your personal life, and have flexibility around which hours you work - provided at your work is completed. All rotas for our patients are completed in advance on a monthly basis based on your availability so this enables you to plan ahead.
Home care nurses work with patients in their own homes. This in itself has a dramatic impact on the relationship you develop with patients and their families, often allowing nurses to cultivate a real connection with them. Working one-on-one with patients means you will build a rapport and a personal relationship, as opposed to the constantly changing environment on a ward. For many home care nurses and carers, this interaction with patients helps to improve their compassion and understanding and find home care work to be highly rewarding as well as enabling clients to live independently in the comfort of their own homes whilst receiving the appropriate level of care.
Develop your skills
Working as a home care nurse or carer, you will have a wide range of responsibilities. You’ll have the opportunity to use your clinical skills on a daily basis. A home care job will require a specific skill set tailored to what the clients needs are. A full care plan will be delivered by a clinical team member from Direct Healthcare which nurses and carers will be expected to follow to ensure the right level of care is provided to our clients.
Direct Healthcare offers extensive training to all staff to ensure we deliver client specific care. Our clinical training courses are suitable for both carers and nurses wishing to improve their clinical skill-based knowledge, we understand every individual patient has specific care needs so we will ensure staff have the relevant training - meaning you can keep up to date with all your knowledge and practice.
Direct Healthcare provide a service that delivers high levels of support to people in their own homes. We provide direct care to private individuals suffering from long term, chronic or complex conditions for adults and children and domiciliary services. Home care nurses work includes:
Alongside the other numerous benefits of securing a home care nurse job, there is the added factor of excellent pay rates. Direct Healthcare offer home care nurses and carers competitive salaries, and additional perks such as a free uniform, access to training and CPD and a 24/7 support team.
Somethings to consider...
As with every nursing job, working as a home care nurse comes with it’s own set of challenges. Transitioning from a hospital setting to working independently in a patient’s home, means that you won’t have the same resources or team to support you, as you would on a ward, however there will be a clinical lead nurse and you will receive support from your allocated consultant at Direct Healthcare. We understand that this role may not be suitable for everyone.
Despite these challenges, a home care nurse job can offer a rewarding and meaningful career. If you are looking for a challenge where you will have ongoing work and want to provide continuity of care for our clients, this maybe the perfect role for you. For more information on becoming a home care nurse or carer, or to find out more about our current jobs, get in touch with the Direct Healthcare team. If you already have home care experience, we would like to hear from you.