Becoming a carer in Ireland

Becoming a carer in Ireland is a rewarding and fulfilling career choice. Carers are people who provide care and support to others who need it, such as older people, people with disabilities, or people with chronic illnesses. Carers can work in different settings, such as in the home, in the community, or in residential care facilities.

There are different types of carers in Ireland, such as family carers, home care workers, care assistants, and foster carers. Each type of carer has different roles and responsibilities, as well as different qualifications and training requirements.

      Family carers are people who care for a relative or friend who needs support due to illness, disability, or old age. Family carers do not get paid for their work, but they may be eligible for some financial and social supports from the government or other organisations. Family Carers Ireland is a national charity that provides information, advice, and advocacy for family carers.

      Home care workers are people who provide personal care and assistance to clients in their own homes. Home care workers are employed by home care agencies or organisations that are contracted by the Health Service Executive (HSE) or private clients. Home care workers need to have a relevant FETAC/QQI Level 5 qualification or equivalent, as well as a full driving licence and access to a car.

      Healthcare assistants are people who work in residential care facilities, such as nursing homes, hospices, or disability services. Care assistants help residents with their daily living activities, such as personal hygiene, dressing, feeding, and mobility. Healthcare assistants also need to have a relevant FETAC/QQI Level 5 qualification or equivalent, as well as good communication and interpersonal skills.

      Foster carers are people who provide a stable and nurturing home for children and young people who cannot live with their own families for various reasons. Foster carers can be single, married, cohabiting, or in a civil partnership. They can also be of any age, gender, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation. Foster carers need to be over the age of 25 and have a spare bedroom in their home. They also need to undergo an assessment and approval process by Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, or by an accredited foster care agency. Fostering First Ireland is one of the largest independent foster care agencies in Ireland.

If you are interested in becoming a carer in Ireland, you can find out more information about the different types of carers, the qualifications and training required, the benefits and challenges involved, and the application process by visiting our websites www.goodpeople.ie/career . You can also contact us directly by email hr@goodpeople.ie  to ask any questions you may have.