Everything you need to know about being a Care Home Maintenance Technician
16 June 2023
As a Care Home Maintenance Technician you’ll be able to use your skills to make every day better for the people we support in our homes. It doesn’t get much better than that!
If you have an interest in pursuing a career as a Care Home Maintenance Technician, but are uncertain about how to begin, then look no further.
What is a Care Home Maintenance Technician?
A Care Home Maintenance Technician is responsible for ensuring that a care home and all of its facilities are in a safe and good working order.
Care Home Maintenance Technicians play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and comfort of the people we support and colleagues.
They ensure that the home is a safe place to be through routine checks, repairs and records.
It’s important that Care Home Maintenance Technicians are good role models and can demonstrate a range of tasks including decorating, gardening and plumbing.
What skills and qualifications do you need to become a Care Home Maintenance Technician?
To be a Care Home Maintenance Technician at Exemplar Health Care, a 17th edition electrical certificate would be advantageous but isn’t necessary. If you don’t have this already, we’d like you to be willing to work towards it.
As well as this, a specific range of skills are required to ensure that you meet the person specification for this role. These skills include:
experience in a variety of maintenance tasks as outlined in the job description
knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations
ability to follow policies and procedures
competency in the use of hand tools and equipment.
In addition to this, there are certain skills that are highly desirable for carrying out your work. These skills include:
The ability to work under your own initiative whilst working towards demanding targets.
Time management and delegation skills that allow you to prioritise jobs and organise your workload.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills.
Experience in working with external contractors.
Experience advising and training others.
All of our Care Home Maintenance Technicians must be caring, sensitive and compassionate to those around you, as our aim is to make the people we support and colleagues comfortable in our care homes.
For the full skill set required for the job, head here.
When you start, you’ll do a four day welcome induction which covers mandatory and statutory training including moving and handling, safeguarding, person-centred care and infection prevention and control.
After that, you’ll complete a role specific induction programme in your home. This induction will cover all of your responsibilities in detail.
Throughout your employment, you’ll have regular supervisions and Performance Development Reviews (PDRs) with your Manager. During your PDR, you’ll review your progress, celebrate your achievements, address any issues and identify your career aspirations.
What do Care Home Maintenance Technicians do?
You’ll make sure that your home is a safe, welcoming and pleasant place to live and work.
No two days will be the same. However, as a general guide, your responsibilities may involve the following:
General maintenance tasks around the home including statutory, mandatory, preventative and reactive maintenance. This can include things such as inspecting and clearing drains, replacing light fittings and PAT testing electrical equipment.
Maintaining health and safety standards including carrying out regular checks of the home to ensure that all work areas are safe for colleagues, service users and visitors, reporting any defects to the Home Manager immediately.
Undertaking training to support personal development as required for the role, such as decorating, joinery, plastering, plumbing and tiling.
Having a good working relationship with colleagues, service users and visitors in your home, as well as central support functions such as the Estates Team and Health and Safety Team.
Who do Care Home Maintenance Technicians support at Exemplar Health Care?
Although not directly, at Exemplar Health Care, Care Home Maintenance Technicians support adults with complex and high acuity needs through their maintenance and health and safety responsibilities.
Exemplar Health Care’s mission is to make every day better for the people we support and our colleagues.
Our homes specialise in supporting people with specific conditions and disabilities such as Huntington’s disease, brain injuries, spinal injuries, mental health needs, learning disabilities or dementia.
One thing for sure is that being a Care Home maintenance Technician at Exemplar Health Care is a very rewarding role, and you’ll gain great job satisfaction whilst working in our care homes.
Why Exemplar Health Care?
At Exemplar Health Care, our care services are second to none.
Across all of our homes, one thing remains the same - our Care Home Maintenance Technicians play a vital role in empowering people to live their best lives!
First and foremost, our Maintenance Technicians live and breathe our values of fun, integrity, responsiveness, success and teamwork.
Our values express what it’s like to work at Exemplar Health Care and our colleagues should make them a part of everything that they do. We’re looking for people whose personal values match our values.