Care Assistant, Agincare

in Weymouth, Dorset

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Job description

Agincare is one of the largest family-owned care providers in the UK and keeping the close-knit family feeling is what makes working for us so special. We’d like to hear from you if you have social care experience, or if you are considering starting a rewarding career in social care.

Main Responsibilities
  • Care Assistant earning up to £9.15 per hour working days
  • Full time, part time, bank hours & short-term contracts available
  • Alternate weekends
  • Crecy Care Home has 36 beds, CQC rating of “Good” and is is set in the stunning Lodmoor area of Weymouth
  • Supportive/Established management team
  • Career progression opportunities available

As a Care Assistant you’ll be providing our residents with support and companionship, getting to know them individually and delivering the best possible care for them. Each and every day can be different, though quality care is fundamental, your role will involve personal care duties such as bathing and dressing, updating their care plans, and helping them to remain as independent as possible. You’ll also take part in a variety of creative activities – a favourite for our residents!

The Ideal Candidate
  • You may be looking to take on a new role where you can put your people skills to use, or simply looking to take the next steps in your social care career.
  • Let us know about any personal care experience within your family or related qualifications as this experience is all relevant.
  • Having a caring and compassionate nature is the most important skill you can bring within social care, everything else we can teach you.
  • Job satisfaction knowing you make a real difference to our residents lives every day by making people feel safe, comfortable and happy

We can offer you fully funded training and career development opportunities for all regardless of experience in social care (training programmes up to and including Level 5). We can also cover the cost of your Enhanced DBS, along with other benefits including; Blue Light Card discount package, Employee Assistance Programme, plus more including our company pension scheme.

About The Company

We’ve been voted as the top care company to work for by Indeed, and our team agree – we’re proud that we average at 4/5* on employee reviews.

We’re a family run business caring for people since 1986, this year we’re celebrating 35 years! With over 3,500 team members, we’re one of the UK’s largest care providers and are continuing to grow. With over 50 locations across our care homes, home care branches and live-in offices – there really is something for everyone.

Equal opportunities are important to us at Agincare and we welcome applications from all.


This job was originally posted as www.totaljobs.com/job/94424877

How this job measures up

Care workers and assistants at Agincare are typically paid £8.98–10.39 an hour.

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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do care workers and assistants think Agincare head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    100% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 9 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful for care workers and assistants to work at Agincare?

    People feel stressed here

    How we know this

    78% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 9 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • No career progression

    Are care workers and assistants given support to progress at Agincare?

    People aren’t given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 86% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People don’t recommend their team

    Do care workers and assistants at Agincare recommend working with their team?

    Very few people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    80% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do care workers and assistants get of their shift pattern at Agincare?

    People don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 60% report getting one week notice or less
    • 10% report getting two weeks notice
    • 0% report getting three weeks notice
    • 10% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 20% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Does Agincare pay care workers and assistants sick pay?

    No. People don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    100% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

Not great
  • Not easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants to take sick leave at Agincare?

    Most people find it hard to take sick leave

    How we know this

    57% of people report that it’s hard to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

  • Shifts get changed at short notice

    Do Agincare managers change care workers and assistants shifts at short notice?

    Most managers change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    67% of people say their manager changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 9 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People don’t get proper breaks

    Do care workers and assistants at Agincare get proper breaks?

    Most people don’t get proper breaks

    How we know this

    75% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • People do unpaid extra work

    Do care workers and assistants at Agincare do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    Sometimes. Most people do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    70% of people report that they do extra work that they don’t get paid for

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • Uninformed about head office

    Do care workers and assistants feel well informed about how Agincare is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    60% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

Good
  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it for care workers and assistants to book a holiday at Agincare?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    57% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 7 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Breaks are paid

    Do care workers and assistants at Agincare get paid breaks?

    Usually. Most people get paid breaks

    How we know this

    50% of people say they get paid breaks

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does Agincare pay care workers and assistants enough to live on?

    Most people are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    67% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 9 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People are paid market rates

    Does Agincare pay care workers and assistants market rates?

    Most people are paid market rates

    How we know this

    60% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do care workers and assistants at Agincare worry about hours?

    Most people don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    70% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 10 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

Excellent
  • Good choice of shifts

    Do care workers and assistants at Agincare get to choose the shifts they work?

    People get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    78% report that their manager gives them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 9 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • Enough training

    Do care workers and assistants get enough training when they start at Agincare?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    75% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • Good for parents

    Is working as care workers and assistants at Agincare good if you have caring responsibilities?

    People say this is a good place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    100% of people who care for a child or other relative report this is a good place to work

    Based on information from 5 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do care workers and assistants at Agincare feel treated by respect by their managers?

    People feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    75% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 8 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

What employees are saying about Agincare

  • Best thing

    Making positive difference in someone's life.

    Worst thing

    Stress, not enough time to spend quality time with residents.

    4.7

    Employee, June 2021

  • Best thing

    Enjoy cooking for the residents

    Worst thing

    When the equipment breaks, I have to wait months before I get a new one.

    6.3

    Employee, May 2021

  • Best thing

    Helping people in need. The smiles i get from just showing up and saying hi :)

    Worst thing

    Not being payed for the time i work. Staying to make sure someone is safe is done my own time. They will say yes to paying you but never do it.

    4.0

    Care assistant, October 2020

  • Best thing

    I know what I'm doing every day ..having g

    Worst thing

    Having to clean up after personal accidents

    6.8

    Employee, August 2021