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Why is paid home care important and what skills are needed to do the job? Does the status of home care workers reflect these skills and, if not, why not?

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Why is paid home care important and what skills are needed to do the job? Does the status of home care workers reflect these skills and, if not, why not? To exemplify the importance of 'paid home care workers', the 'skills' of the role will be examined along with the 'status' afforded to this workforce. The evidence presented will serve to establish why paid home care is important, what skills are needed to do the job and also demonstrate the status of home care workers does not reflect these skills. It could be fair to say that more and more individuals who need care are continuing to live in their own homes, and as such, the position of the home carer has become increasingly important. Home carers facilitate independent living for many and for those, who, before the reforms bought in by the NHS and Community Care Act in 1990, could have possibly found themselves institutionalised in one form or another. Home carers can work with children, people with physical or learning disabilities, older people or families. ...read more.

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It could be said that a number of of the everyday skills and life skills listed above could easily be transferable to the role of 'paid home care worker'. Nevertheless, the skills required to carry out the role of the 'paid home care worker' do not stop there. Cultural awareness and the awareness of learning disabilities are other important skills; there are also health and safety guidelines and codes of practice that need to be followed. Although 'formal qualifications' are not needed to become a 'home care work', taking these facts into account, there is without doubt far more to being a 'home care worker' than just assisting someone in need of care with 'basic' everyday tasks. We need to consider whether the status of 'paid home care workers' reflects these skills. In considering what paid carers do, as illustrated above, it is useful to take into consideration this idea according to Phillips and Taylor 'Far from being an economic fact skill is often an ideological category imposed on certain types of work by the virtue of the sex and power of the workers who perform it' (Phillips and Taylor, 1980, p.82) ...read more.

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of employment or wages' (Unit 3, p.165), and as such the role of a 'carer' can be perceived as attaining job satisfaction rather than monetary reward. Consequently, both low pay and wanting to attain job satisfaction could be seen as contributory factors to the 'status' of 'home care workers' not corresponding with that of their 'skills'. In summary, 'Paid Home Care Workers' are without doubt a fundamental part of the community, they assist in providing independence to many different individuals and as a result provide a greater sense of wellbeing which otherwise could not be achieved by those needing care. The skills required to carry out the role of 'paid home carer' are largely unrecognised, and the monetary reward is low. The market is competitive and there is a need to drive down costs. When the skills and tasks carried out by home care workers are compared against the status they hold in society, it could be fair to say that the two do not equate. These are just some of the factors that demonstrate that the 'status' of 'home care workers' does not reflect the 'skills' required to carry out the role. ...read more.

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