Advice on choosing the right care company to work for

By 11/06/2023Advice
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When searching online for jobs in care or care work jobs within elderly care, we recommend that you research and gather information using online resources, job boards, and company websites to research different care companies in your area. 

Here are our recommendations for what to research when looking for the right care company to work for:

Agency or care company?

First of all, you need to decide if you want to work via a care agency or for a care company. 

As a private care company, we employ all our Care Assistants, ensuring they receive all the benefits salaried employees should, such as holiday pay, sick pay, mileage expenses and a company pension. All of our care workers are well trained via our Bright Care Training Academy and each match between a client and a carer is undertaken with great consideration and using the experience of our Care Managers.

Does the company have a good reputation? 

It can be difficult to differentiate between the many home care companies available. Looking at their online feedback, reviews, testimonials and case studies can help you to decide if they are a reputable care provider. 

At Bright Care, we pride ourselves on delivering fully-managed, high-quality and award-winning elderly care. We believe our consistent level of service is proven by the awards we have received, including:

  • Number one in the UK’s Top Health & Social Care Companies to Work For 2021
  • The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2018
  • Number 10 in the Best Scottish Companies to Work For in 2018
  • Scottish Care Housing Support Provider of the Year 2017

Is the care they offer regulated?

It is important to choose a regulated care company. By doing this, you know that the services they offer comply with the standards set and they are regulated by the Care Inspectorate in Scotland and by the Care Quality Commission in England. 

At Bright Care all our services are fully regulated. We take pride in the fact that this allows all our clients to live out their later years with dignity, security and purpose and receive in-home care from well-trained salaried care workers who are compensated accordingly for the care and companionship services they provide.

What training do they offer?

If you want jobs in care that invest in you, take time to look at what training they offer before you start your role. Also, check any on-going development and support they offer once you are in your care worker role.

Bright Care offers a thorough and unparalleled training programme at our Training Academy, which connects directly with the day-to-day requirements of caring for the elderly. We invest in our employees, empowering them with the knowledge needed to excel.

What is the pay?

Jobs in care have a reputation for not compensating care workers sufficiently for the hard work and amazing service they offer. Make sure you find a company that recognises the worth of their care workers.

Our care work jobs include hourly Care Assistant, Overnight Care Assistant and Live-in Care Assistant

The salary for each of these roles differs by experience and location. Our hourly Care Assistants earn between £11.50 and £16.50 an hour. To find out more about the roles we offer and how much they pay, visit our jobs page.

What benefits do I get? 

With any care worker job you are interested in, it is important to understand what benefits you will receive. At Bright Care we offer paid holiday, travel expenses, pension contributions, ongoing support from your dedicated Care Manager, initial and ongoing training and regular reward and recognition days.

Are there career progression opportunities?

If progression within your career in care is important to you, find out if your preferred care company promotes internal promotions. Perhaps you would like to progress from a care worker to an office-based role in care.

At Bright Care, whether it is in management or care, we will help you to fulfil your potential. We actively encourage our employees to grow within the business. Many of our Registered Branch Managers began their careers at Bright Care as Carers, and their talent was recognised, nurtured and supported.

Which role is best suited for you? 

Care companies often offer a range of different jobs in care, including live-in, daily, home help, overnight, sleepover, respite, specialist Alzheimer’s and dementia care. 

Before making your final decision, you will need to consider how your role will balance with your other commitments such as family, study and other work. When making your choice of which care work jobs you want to apply for, consider factors such as company culture, work-life balance and the specific type of care you want to provide.

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Why choose to work for Bright care?

Our high-quality care service allows our clients to retain a level of independence and dignity, whilst remaining in their own homes. This gives their families peace of mind, knowing that their loved ones are cared for with respect and compassion. In order to deliver this high-level of elderly care services, we invest in our employees and offer them the opportunity to develop relationships with their clients via our two-hour minimum visit policy, available for all our daytime hourly Care Assistants. 

At Bright Care we are interested in your character and personality. Compassion, empathy and patience are essential. We look for care workers who love to bring out the best in others. You will need to be committed and reliable, with good verbal and written communication in English and you must provide proof of right to work in the UK. You would need to pass the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) or the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, in addition to having a driving licence and a car, both of which are essential.

Our care worker responsibilities include:

 

  • Consistent companionship (reading the newspaper, playing games)
  • Support with outings (grocery food shopping, hospital appointments, walks)
  • Help around the house (laundry, vacuuming, dusting)
  • Home-based activities (cooking and baking, gardening)
  • Support at social events (family gatherings, clubs, or religious services)
  • Personal hygiene (assistance with washing and getting dressed)
  • Health (support with medications)
  • Personal administration (help with forms, letters, and paying bills)

Find out more

For more information on the jobs in care we offer, visit our recruitment process page or read our recruitment FAQS.

If you would like to join our team providing private and bespoke in-home later life care, please apply now.

If you are looking for the right care company for your loved ones or if you would like to know more about the companionship care we offer, please get in touch.

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