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12:51pm 9th January 2018
(Updated 1:30pm 9th January 2018)

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It's a growing problem that a huge number of elderly people in the UK do, or will in the near future, need extra support and care. So could a career as a caregiver be a good option for you?

There are currently 90,000 job vacancies for carers in the UK and this number will grow in correlation with the increasing number of elderly people needing support. The number of people over the age of 85 is set to double in the next 15 years. 

This will affect many things, but increasingly struggles within the NHS can be seen partly due to the high number of people who need care but don't have access to it. This then means they stay in hospital for much longer than they should using bed space which could otherwise be used for more people needing medical treatment. 

Addressing the shortage of caregivers Home Instead in Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk is part of a national campaign #YouCanCare which is encouraging people to look at working in care a little differently. 

So what are some of the common misconceptions about working in care?

Being a caregiver is poorly paid.

Wrong. Many care companies are more than willing to pay good salaries in order to get good care staff on the team. 

Being a caregiver has no career progression. 

Wrong. Full training, regular updates and progression opportunities are all provided. 

Being a caregiver means rushing appointments and not giving the quality of care attention you'd like to. 

Whilst this has been the case in the past, Home Instead allow 1 hour appointments as a minimum. Rushing is not an option. 

Being a caregiver only means personal care.

It's true that personal care is involved in many circumstances, but not all. A lot of care is about companionship, assistance with medication, cooking, getting to / from appointments, shopping and help around the house. 

What is personal care? Assistance with dressing, washing, feeding and toileting. 

Being a caregiver involved long days and unsociable hours. 

Flexibility is the key here. Whether you're after full or part time work, day or night hours, or anything in between, there is probably going to be an arrangement that works for you. 

Think you could change the lives of elderly people in Harrogate, Ripon or Thirsk? Apply here.

Andrew and Sheena Van Parys from Home Instead of Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk talked to Beth Parsons along with  on Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing Show about working in care. 

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