Careers working with older people


Working with older people offers three different areas of support work. They are:

  • Working with people in their own homes
  • Working with people in short-term or day centres
  • Working with people in the community

A good support worker is somebody that’s caring, respectful, always listening, and enthusiastic.

Robia, Senior Support Worker



Working with older people in their own homes





As a Support Worker you will be visiting clients in their own home helping them to regain their independence and improve their quality of life. You might be working with someone who has recently been discharged from hospital or your efforts might help prevent hospital admission entirely.

You will be joining our dedicated Join Community Rehabilitation (JCR) team. JCR is a joint partnership between East Sussex County Council and East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust so you will be joining a wide network of people dedicated to helping others stay safe and independent in their own home.

If you are patient, kind, and caring and enjoy working directly with people, this can be a very fulfilling role. You don’t need any experience – we will train you.



Working with older people in short-term care and day centres


We have a really close-knit group here, and everyone is really caring. It’s a job I really enjoy doing and I love that you can bring all sorts of skills to the role.

Gary, Day Service Support Worker



As a Rehabilitation Support Worker, you will be looking after clients staying at our short-term rehabilitation home. You will be joining a multidisciplinary team including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Nurses, and Therapy Assistants.

The service aims to enable people to regain their independence so they can live safely at home. Clients typically stay in our short-term rehabilitation home for a period of up to six weeks while recovering from illness or injury. This service also provides specialist care to people with mental health needs.

You might prefer to work as a Day Service Support Worker providing care and support to people with physical and mental health needs within a day service setting. As a Day Service Support Worker, you will be assisting with personal care and providing exercises and activities to help promote social interaction. You can bring all sorts of personal skills to this role as you will be directly coordinating activities. The service aims to prevent social isolation and provide a break for carers.



Working with older people in the community



As a Community Support Worker, you will be part of the Dementia Support Service, Carer’s Breaks and Engagement team. This is a countywide service providing information, advice, emotional support and practical guidance to people and their carers following a diagnosis of dementia.

Each person is allocated a worker who remains the main point of contact during their entire dementia journey. As a Community Support Worker, you will be assisting with care planning, advanced care planning and reviews, including medication and GP reviews.

In addition to this service, we also have a Community Outreach team which provides therapeutic interventions and support to people with a range of mental health needs living in their own homes. This team is made up of Therapy Assistants and they work alongside Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and a specialist Mental Health Nurse.



Career Progression



East Sussex offers an outstanding environment for support work professionals. In your team you will be welcomed from day one and will receive ongoing encouragement and support from your manager. We also have a comprehensive career development programme. We will invest in you, allowing you to gain the skills and training to pursue many different careers in the service if you want to progress.

As a Support Worker in Older People’s Services, we will invest in you, allowing you to gain the skills and training to pursue many different careers in the service if you want to progress.

We also have other roles in these services that you can apply for such as Occupational Therapists, Senior Support Workers and Therapy Assistants.

Want to know more?

For more information or an informal chat, please call 01424 724035 or email ops.queries@eastsussex.gov.uk



- Robia

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