We pride ourselves on the fantastic service we offer our clients. This starts with providing professional, honest and dedicated carers who are carefully matched to our clients. We take the time to really get to know our carers once they register with us. Our small and dedicated team is always contactable to offer advice and guidance. There are various routes to becoming a carer. Although college qualifications are one option, it is also possible to learn on the job, or to take an industry-based training programme. People learn differently, and while classroom learning has benefits for any aspiring professional, many people thrive in a more hands-on environment and learning on the job provides carers with a great understanding of their clients’ needs and the role’s demands. It is therefore important that would-be carers think about which option would suit the best before embarking on this career path. Crestar Healthcare’s Introduction to Care training programme can provide you with the education and tools needed to kick-start your career. It is a comprehensive training programme that combines Crestar Healthcare’s courses with new initiatives – including theoretical elements and practical skills – to provide the knowledge, self-assurance and skills needed to succeed in the role. By combining theoretical and practical learning, the ‘Introduction to Care’ course provides the best of both worlds and gives aspiring carers a leg up. Part of the course includes shadowing a care worker for hands-on experience, so that you can gain confidence in your ability to handle the responsibility of working life as a professional carer. Furthermore, the course additionally provides would-be carers with the opportunity to work with a broad range of clients as well as the elderly, including those with disabilities or learning difficulties. Caring for the elderly is a unique and rewarding field to work in, not least because it offers a sense of reward, doing something worthwhile and a personal achievement at the end of each day. Many staff will testify that building relationships with elderly clients in order to support and help them in everyday life is what makes elderly care jobs a gratifying experience. The duties and responsibilities of a care worker for the elderly are extensive and varied, which means no two days are ever the same. It is a wide-ranging role, as demonstrated by the range of services we provide at Prestige Nursing + Care, such as Companion Care or Personal Care and Support. What qualifications do I need to be a carer? Becoming a carer doesn’t require too many formal qualifications. There are a variety of training options, including college courses, which are available to provide you with the skills needed for becoming a carer for the elderly. Taking college courses often opens the door to more opportunities to receive formal certifications in care work, such as a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ). Of course, being a successful elderly carer requires more than just training and education. Being a quality carer involves having a genuine concern and desire to make a positive difference in someone else’s life. Among the most important care worker skills and qualities is having the ability to help elderly clients maintain their independence and dignity – sometimes in challenging conditions, in addition to maintaining a strong sense of compassion.