Rehabilitation worker

Being a rehabilitation worker involves helping people to live independently, often following an illness or accident. While it’s an entry level role, it’s useful to have some experience working in a caring role or with vulnerable adults.

What is a rehabilitation worker?

Rehabilitation workers help people who’ve experienced an illness or accident live a more independent life. Part of your role may involve helping them with:

  • Support and housing.
  • Finance and budgeting.
  • Social activities.
  • Life skills such as cooking.
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What does the role involve?

Your day-to-day might include:

  • Carrying out assessments within the community to identify what care and support is needed.
  • Working with other professionals such as social workers to make sure people get the right help.
  • Providing advice about how to use specialist equipment.
  • Teaching life skills such as making a cup of tea or reading braille.
  • Organising activities such as sports, drama and education.

Skills, experience and qualifications

What’s most important is:

  • Your kindness, compassion and people skills.
  • Good English, numeracy and digital skills.
  • Flexibility and strong organisational and time management skills.
  • Your ability to work under pressure in emotional situations.

You may also need:

  • GCSE A-C in English and Maths.
  • A social care qualification such as Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualifications – if you’re interested in getting them, you can work towards them once you start the job.

Working hours

Adult social care roles can be flexible. Hours are usually based on shift patterns, enabling you to find a work/life balance that suits you.

Training and role progression

When you first start, you’ll do an induction which should include the Care Certificate. You’ll also undergo basic training such as health and safety, first aid, and moving and handling. You might also receive specific training based on individual care needs.


You can also benefit from:

  • Informal training & education.
  • Formal qualifications such as a Diploma in Health and Social Care (up to Level 5) or specialist subjects like dementia care, communication skills and team leading.
  • Over 50 vocational qualifications at all levels including topics such as dementia care, communication skills and team leading.
  • Opportunities to progress and develop in adult social care and specialise in a certain area or take on more responsibility.

Hear why Dee chose adult social care

Dee chose to work in home care as it offered her the flexibility she needed in her personal life, whilst enabling her to achieve her goals of helping those within her community.

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