Across the UK there are more than 16,000 registered care homes run by private businesses, non-profit organisations and local authorities and the industry is set for more growth. Research commissioned by BBC Radio 4's “You and Yours” programme reveals a huge shortfall in the number of beds available. Increasing demand from an ageing population could see that grow to more than 70,000 beds in nine years' time.
With this growth comes an enhanced challenge; it is well documented that there is a shortage of qualified nurses here in the UK. It is more important than ever to attract Nurses and Carers to the nursing and residential care industry, but how?
Well, we here at Four Seasons Health Care travelled across the UK to speak with our Nurses, CHAPs, Carers, Home Managers and Support colleagues to find out why they do what they do, and what they love about what they do. The consistent answer was for our residents and the relationships they form with them…
In a previous blog, we discussed the ROCK Awards and how the relationships formed in our care homes are truly something special. It isn’t just our residents and their families who benefit from forming these relationships, our colleagues find their job extremely rewarding.
Many of the people who choose to work in elderly care have been on the other side – a relative or friend who has visited a loved one in a care home and have been inspired by the relationships between their loved ones and a team member. Our Care Home Assistant Practitioner (CHAP) Craig explains why he was inspired to work in elderly care…
“Well, I liked the idea of working in care because my grandparents were actually in care at one point, and I really respected the care staff that worked with them, so I thought I’d like to give it a try. I tried it, and I just fell in love with the job… I don’t think there is any other job in the world like care, it’s just completely unique.”
Craig is not alone, many people echoed his sentiments about truly admiring the work Carers and Nurses do before deciding to become one themselves - and you don’t have to look far to find these inspiring stories.
Forming long lasting relationships whilst working in nursing and residential care
Recently we ran a campaign, “When it comes to relationships, there are no conditions”. It is not uncommon to hear the statistics and generalisations about working in elderly care but when you work in a residential nursing home you realise that the individuals behind the statistics and “conditions” are what really matters. As a Nurse working in residential care you are part of an environment where you can make a real difference to people’s lives, not just our residents but their families and friends - and in turn they touch our lives forever.
At Four Seasons Health Care, you really will become an important part of our residents’ lives, as well as, a member of a huge nursing and care community that’s focused on quickly developing your clinical capabilities, confidence and career. And if you’re passionate about people, learning fast and going the extra mile for the smile, we know they’ll become a big part of yours too. For more information about working in residential and nursing care visit our website.