What does it mean to be a care worker at Churchfields?

The perception of what it means to work in care has certainly changed since we entered the precarious times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Care workers have, for the first time, been deemed essential, and grouped in with our precious NHS staff and other essential workers around the country. It is refreshing to know that the dedicated, kind and compassionate carers of the world are now being recognised. 

At Churchfields we pride ourselves on providing not only an outstanding service to our wonderful residents, but also a fantastic working environment for our staff. 

Jane Roberts, Churchfields owner, is a former nurse, and understands the importance of loving where you work and supporting employees to get the most out of every day. 

She said: “ My goal at Churchfields has always been to be the best care home in Oxford, but also the best place for people to work. It is essential to me that my staff feel valued, respected, and supported each day. I want staff to be happy and to have fun in their workplace. 

Team Working is everything, and we have an incredible team. People look out for each other, work together and this leads to outstanding care we can all be proud of. 

We are totally pro-training and development. Staff are also supported to progress in the home from care worker, to senior, to care practitioner. My focus is to ensure that staff can do their jobs to the best of their ability, whilst thoroughly enjoying their roles.” 

You can find out more about Jane and Churchfields by clicking here

We understand that if you are considering a career in the care industry, you might have some questions about what your working day will look like. 

We’ve answered some burning questions for those considering an exciting opportunity at Churchfields Care Home in Cassington, Oxfordshire. 

Could I be a carer at Churchfields Care Home? 

At Churchfields, we believe that it is a real privilege to be able to care for our residents. Being a care worker requires a special type of person, who is kind, and caring by nature. If your heart’s not in it, then it probably isn’t the job for you, and that’s okay! 

A few of the key characteristics we look for in our incredible team members are: 

  • Empathetic 
  • Resilient 
  • Patient
  • Respectful 
  • Cheerful 
  • Personable 
  • Compassionate 
  • Reliable 
  • Caring 
  • Respectful 

What does a carer at Churchfields do? 

Working with people, especially the elderly is a lot of fun and will certainly keep you on your toes. No two days are ever the same at Churchfields. Here are some of the things you can expect to get up to on a daily basis if you become a carer in our lovely Oxfordshire residential care home: 

  1. Companionship 

Socialising with those around us is so important, most of all to our elderly friends and residents. As a member of staff at Churchfields you will find yourself engaging in all levels of conversation with our residents. We love to reminisce about years gone by, talk about our next outing or just generally natter over a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake. Companionship allows you to develop a more personal relationship with our residents, whilst giving them a better sense of purpose, increasing their mental stimulation and keeping loneliness at bay. 

  1. Provide personal care 

Requiring personal care can be quite daunting for those who need support with washing, dressing, toileting or even applying creams and lotions, and it’s of 

paramount importance to us that we deliver all levels of personal care with dignity and respect. When delivering personal care, just think about how you would like to be supported yourself, and bring that level of care and attention to the residents. Personal care relates to any form of care that is of a personal nature. 

  1. Make friends and make a difference 

We could write a list as long as our arm for what it means to be an excellent carer at Churchfields. But if you are looking for a job in care in Cassington, it is essential that you make a positive difference to people’s lives everyday. In your role as a carer you 

will bring your personality, dedication and warm nature to make friends with your colleagues and residents alike, and their lovely families, all in the comforting knowledge that you are doing something amazing every day.

Will training be provided to me before I start working as a carer at Churchfields? 

Absolutely! At Churchfields we provide full training so that you feel entirely comfortable and knowledgeable before you start taking care of our residents. We take people with no experience as well as people who wish to develop further, or simply want to work in a superb care setting. There is a clear career progression opportunity for everyone, and we love to ‘grow our own.’. Your personal development will always be considered, allowing you to get the most out of every opportunity. We offer apprenticeships, senior positions, as well as full training to become a care practitioner. You can find out more about working at Churchfields by clicking here. 

So, what’s getting in your way? 

We hope that you’re as excited to work in health and social care as we are. No previous experience is required. At Churchfields we provide a friendly, warm and caring environment for our residents, as well as our staff. Care home owner Jane is encouraging anyone looking for a job in care in Oxfordshire to get in touch. Jane said: “My vision has always been for Churchfields to be the best place for staff to work in Oxfordshire. We have genuinely amazing staff who are committed, caring, compassionate and fun.!” 

To speak to a member of the Churchfields team about starting your journey, give the team a call today on 01865 881440 or click here to find out more. We can’t wait to hear from you, and to try and knock a few numbers off that daunting total we mentioned at the start… 

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Finally, it’s important to us that we take a moment to recognise our incredible staff at Churchfields Care Home in Cassington. 

Our staff have worked tirelessly, throughout the pandemic and on any normal day, to ensure that our residents receive nothing but the best. To them we give our endless thanks and gratitude.

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