A newly-launched home health service is calling on social care professionals to apply for one of the 100 live-in care roles on offer across Scotland.
The team behind Kairos Home Health, which launched in April 2019, has officially begun its search for live-in carers to join the new service which provides adults with health and social care needs a carer who lives alongside them in their own home.
Applicants must go through an online application, followed by a telephone interview, then an in-depth face to face interview. Those who successfully get through these initial stages will then be invited to a comprehensive five day training induction, where they will be continually assessed by the Kairos team. Only those who pass the intensive training programme will go on to join the team.
Karen Miller, Care Service Manager at Kairos, says the role of a live-in carer differs vastly from that of a carer who may visit multiple clients a day.
She said: “This is a great opportunity for social care professionals feeling disheartened with the current way social care is delivered.
“As a live-in carer, you get the chance to really get to know your client and build up a strong rapport with them.
“You can slot into their life while they live naturally in their own home, allowing them to retain a level of independence while helping them do the things they can no longer do for themselves.”
As data shows there are currently around 40,000 older people living in residential care across Scotland, Kairos aims to help this audience retain their independence in the familiar surrounding of their home, by preserving routines and offering tailored help and support.
Kairos carers will operate on a three weeks on/one week off basis, and the role involves supporting clients with activities such as medication administration, personal care, cooking, shopping and household tasks.
During the ‘off’ week, another Kairos carer will go to the client’s home, meaning a client will normally be assigned two carers at a time, promoting excellent continuity of care.
Applicants must have at least six months’ experience in social care work. Further in-depth training in medication management, adult protection and safeguarding, policies and procedure will be provided to successful candidates.
Karen continued: “Clients can range from those with dementia, to physical disabilities such as MS, or those nearing the end of their lives, so understandably we’re looking for someone with a strong sense of empathy, understanding and good interpersonal skills.
“It takes a strong person to be away from their home for weeks at a time and to be there for someone in what can sometimes be complex situations, so we need to ensure the people we hire are truly capable of taking on such a role.
“It’s an incredibly rewarding job. The role isn’t for everyone, but the sense of job satisfaction you can get from helping someone live as independently as possible and ensuring they have a great quality of life which they might not otherwise have is second to none.
“We understand this isn’t a standard 9-5 job and things can happen at any time, so we have a 24 hour support service for our carers, and they can contact us any time they need additional help with anything at all.”
Further information can be found by visiting www.kairoshealth.co.uk.
Kairos Home Health is a service operated by Pamoja Beyond Homecare Ltd, a care company registered and regulated by the Scottish Care Inspectorate.