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Social Care Companion - Kirstens Care



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14th July 2022

Employer description

Kirsten’s Care is a domiciliary care service who are a passionate and dedicated provider of care services to older people, and others who may need extra help at home with Medication, Moving and daily living. Our services will not only provide you with someone to chat and reminisce with, assistance around the house and days out, but will also provide your loved ones with peace of mind that you are expertly taken care of.

We are looking for new staff to go on our bank list or to support cover for the summer holidays

We provide full training, along with three shadow shifts, Flexible working hours, free uniform mileage and travel time, and a free DBS. We pay all our staff a fair rate so your students would get £9.50/10.00ph – working times, £9.50ph traveling times and 35p per mileage from their first call. We paid slightly more for weekend cover.

Main description

Our Social Care Companions ensure our Social Home Care service is delivered smoothly and efficiently and Clients are receiving the tailored social activities and stimulation that they need. They are trained in all aspects of social companionship and possess the ability to respond quickly to changing needs, often at short notice.

Social care companions are not required to provide personal care

This is a challenging and exciting role where you will have a good level of autonomy and encouragement to use your initiative and intuition.”

Kirsten Ryland, Registered Manager

Role purpose:

Reporting to the Senior Care team, the Social Care Companion is responsible for ensuring a high level of social stimulation is provided to our Clients and meets the code of conduct and company procedures.

The Social Care Companion will support the Senior management team providing stimulation to our clients ensuring the highest standards of care are achieved in all areas of the company including person outings, reminiscence, appointment chaperones, person centred care, lifestyle choices and dementia care.

Hours of work:

This is a seven day service which is available between 7.00am – 10.00pm. Social Care Companion will work within the Home Care Workers’ rota, tailored to hours of work and customer needs.


To work with clients to ensure quality social care companionship is tailored to Clients’ needs and delivered efficiently in a manner that reflects the values of Kirsten’s Care and our Home Care service

Provide high standards of stimulation including domestic tasks (according to experience and skill level), whilst maintaining Clients’ dignity and independence at all times.

Assist Clients with mobility, nutritional, social and well-being needs.

Ensure strict adherence to Kirsten’s Care Ltd policies and procedures with special regard to safeguarding, manual handling and health & safety.

Uphold confidentiality of clients’ information at all times and to maintain Clients’ individual records/care plans.

Main Tasks

Social, Physical, Mental health stimulation

Undertake dynamic risk assessments within Clients’ homes.

Assist with social stimulation such as outings, meal planning, appointment chaperones, shopping, cleaning, cooking meals, providing medication

Provide Medication to clients - facilitate and administer medication.

Give emotional support to Clients and Clients’ families and friends when necessary.

Encourage and facilitate social, cultural and spiritual activities. Including helping to run coffee mornings and fund raising social events for clients and their families.

Use intuition and initiative to suggest new activities to suit Clients’ interests and needs.

Assist Clients with meal preparation, eating and drinking; advise on nutrition as appropriate as advised by the SALT team

Carry out general household cleaning and bed linen changing and/or support Clients to undertake cleaning - for example when this has been agreed for therapeutic or wellbeing purposes.

Ensure all relevant information is passed on to the Senior Management team or passed on to medical professionals etc as advised by the Lead Senior Carer or Registered Manager.

Monitoring and record keeping

Record details of social activities as appropriate.

Report any changes in Clients’ conditions or general welfare.

Ensure information received is read and acted on concerning events from previous visits given.

Ensure effective communication between team members by keeping accurate records, including entries in communications books/notes.


Accompany Clients to a range of appointments including shopping, health/hospital appointments, visiting places of interest etc.

In the event of an emergency or death of a client, follow the agreed procedure.

React promptly to emergency situations and provide all reasonable practical means of support.

As the service expands, there may be a requirement to undertake sleeping night shifts as and when required

Attend staff meetings on a regular basis

How to apply

If you would be interested in joining us over the summer please contact us via email sophie@kirstenscare.co.uk

Closing Date

The closing date for this job offer is on 31/07/2022


£9.50 per hour


This job is located in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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