A survey showed that over 95% of adults in the UK do not want to go into a care home. Whether through old age, disability or illness; no-one should be forced out of their home. A live-in carer can enable someone stays in their own home.
What does a live-in Carer do?
A live-in Carer lives with a client in their home. The live-in Carer’s role is to make sure their clients are safe, comfortable, clean warm, well fed and happy. Tasks may include companionship, cooking, housekeeping, administering medication and personal care including washing and dressing.
Becoming a live-in home carer can sometimes be a demanding and unpredictable job. However it can also be an extremely rewarding position. Each day that you care for someone in their own home you will be making a huge difference to that person and their family. In your role, you will meet a variety of people and share some amazing times.
What qualifications, training or qualities do you need to become a live-in Carer?
A live-in carer can come from any background, with varying experience. A live-in Care role can be a perfect job for the mature jobseeker. Carers who have worked in other fields (mothers, nurses, teachers etc.) can bring considerable knowledge and transferrable skills that they can put to good use as a live-in home Carer. Some may have no professional experience at all, but have a natural caring nature.
A good live-in Carer should be a caring, honest, hard-working, patient, flexible person, who is able to use their initiative to make their client happy.
As you will be carrying out household tasks such as cleaning and cooking, you do need to be a competent housekeeper. You should also have knowledge or experience of moving and handling clients.
The formal qualifications and training required as a live-in Carer can vary from country to country and even state to state. For example, currently in the UK you don’t need any formal caring experience; however you are required to undergo a mandatory Police check (DBS).
Remember there are some excellent Care organisations that offer FREE intensive training as part of their career package.
Where can I get further information on how to become a live-in Carer?
Many of the leading Care companies have a website. Visit their site and you can gain valuable information on their recruitment process, initial training given, further training offered.
Visit our Jobsearch websites by category to find some that we have included to help you become a live-in Carer.