Role of the Care Staff

• Care Staff have a very important role to play in ensuring that the residents physical and emotional needs are properly met and in structuring the course of their day.

• It is expected that all members of care staff should respect the policies and procedures in the Garvald West Linton Policies and Procedures file located in each of the houses and in the Garvald Office. Each member of staff is also expected to work within the recommendations agreed by the Care Commission.

• Care staff are responsible for the care needs of residents and assisting residents at mealtimes and tea breaks, etc. We try at Garvald to encourage self-help skills.

• Care staff have domestic duties in the house, e.g. cooking and cleaning; Often these tasks are carried out alongside the residents to create a homely atmosphere;

• Care staff carry out support tasks relating to personal care and daily living by prompting, teaching by example, working alongside, or doing the task.

• Following an introduction by the senior care staff and/or deputy, administration of medicines to the residents

• Each resident at Garvald has an individual Care Plan and care staff are involved in the care planning process and to apply these care plans in daily life. The care staff are involved, with support, in necessary record keeping for the residents in their care.

• Some residents at Garvald have challenging behaviour and a few with learning disabilities also have some mental health problems. Care staff are required to respond to these. Support from other senior staff is available and the necessary training is also provided.

• Opportunities exist for staff to work in the day timetable in the workshops or in household activities.