Social Care means supporting and enabling people to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, or within the community – keeping them out of hospital. It’s also about enabling people through supported living to become independent and live the way they choose.

There are a range of different settings and roles available. Take a look at the spectrum of care settings and roles available in social care.

Home Care

Home care is visiting people’s homes and supporting them in the setting they choose. Duties could include:

  • Assisting with getting up or going to bed
  • Personal care (showering, washing and dressing)
  • Light house work duties (vacuuming and dusting, laundry and ironing)
  • Meal preparation
  • Assisting with medication
  • Companionship including accompanying clients on social outings and appointments

You’ll look after people with a wide range of needs such as:

  • Elderly and frail
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • End of life Care
  • Learning Disabilities


Residential homes provide long term or respite care for people who require care in a residential setting rather than their own home. Duties could include:

  • Providing personal care
  • Assisting with meals
  • Assistance with medication

You’ll look after people with a wide range of needs such as:

  • Older people who require full time support
  • Younger adults with severe physical disabilities; learning disabilities
  • Brain injuries resulting from an accident
  • Mental health problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Drug and alcohol addiction

Supported Living

Supported Living is working with people to enable them to live the life they choose. Duties could include:

  • Supporting people to gain skills and independence through day to day activities such as personal skills or leisure activities
  • Helping people to live safely in their own homes, pay bills and ensure their belongings are looked after
  • Supporting people with personal care and self-image
  • Support people to travel, either driving them or support them to use public transport
  • Helping people to keep in touch with family and make new friends in the community
  • Looking after people’s health and wellbeing such as access to doctors, dentists, physiotherapists and other specialist services
  • Managing and administering medication

You’ll look after people with a wide range of needs such as:

  • Differing complexities of Learning Disabilities
  • Additional Sensory Disability
  • Additional Physical Disability
  • Challenging Behaviour
  • Autism
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Complex social support needs to maintain health such as epilepsy and other specific health needs

Day Care

Day Care is a planned program of activities designed to promote well-being through social and health related services, during day time hours in a safe and supportive environment. Day Care provides social interaction, a break for carers and daily activities. Duties could include:

  • Supporting people with social activities such as craft, cooking, exercise, music therapy, relaxation techniques
  • Providing assistance with eating, taking medication and personal care
  • Health monitoring
  • Preparation of meals and snacks
  • Transportation services

You’ll look after people with a wide range of needs such as:

  • Learning and Physical Disabilities
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Older people who are frail or lonely
  • Dementia

To work in social care, in any setting you will require a DBS check.