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Are you thinking of becoming a live-in carer?

If you considering becoming a live-in carer, then we can help! We have many live-in care jobs available across the UK. Contact one of our recruitment team, or earn up to £250 and refer a friend to us today – we’d love to hear from you.

What is a live-in care job?

A live-in care job will vary from client to client and depend upon your level of experience but essentially it means living with a client in their home and providing round-the-clock care.
Live-in care

What kind of work does a live in-care for the elderly do?

Live-in care will usually include personal care, (like washing, dressing and supporting morning and nighttime routines), supervision of medication, helping with odd jobs around the house, cleaning, cooking and of course companionship. You may also be asked to take your client to the shops or help support getting them to and fro medical or hospital appointments.

Nursing tasks such as wound care, injections, suppositories and the like are not the services we provide.

Is live-in care only available for the elderly?

It’s not just elderly people who can benefit from your live-in care. Personal Assistants for younger people are available too, so if you have a preference of whom you would like to work with – please do let us know.

What is the difference between private live-in care jobs, (non-agency jobs) and live-in care assistant agency jobs?

When you work for a live-in care agency, like Trinity Homecare, you will be trained to the best possible standard of professionalism. Our learning and development programme and on-going training is second to none and is becoming recognised as such throughout the industry. We support all of our care workers in their career and are very keen for you to continually develop your skills.

When you work as a private carer, you can miss the support of other colleagues who understand and appreciate your work. At Trinity Homecare, we take great care in providing you with emotional support every step of the way. We’re always on the end of the phone if you’ve got any questions or just feel the need to check in with someone who’s been there – most of our team – and all of our trainers are either carers themselves, (or have been in the recent past), so they really understand your needs.

We’ll also always negotiate top rates of pay for you. We benchmark all of our pay against our competitors to make sure we’re always paying in the top quarter of the industry.

We also truly value our live-in carers and like to reward and give recognition when it’s due. Find out more about our annual values awards.

And lastly (but certainly not least), we’re a friendly bunch and we always welcome newcomers. So why not give one of our team a call. We’d love to hear from you.

Learning and Development programme | Values Awards | Contact

I have very little experience – can I still apply for a live-in care job?

Caring is a very satisfying vocation for hundreds of thousands of people. Some simply enjoy helping others and take the physical and emotional demands of a care job in their stride, others have their hearts in the right place but realise that the work may be beyond them. To be a successful live-in carer you need the right amount of maturity and passion for the job. You also need the presence of mind to deal with changing and sometimes demanding situations. Take a look at some of our case studies to find out what it takes.
Case studies

What qualities do I need to become a live-in carer?

Most of our clients are elderly and many are confused or in poor health, so you must be capable of patience and good humour at all times. You will be a genuinely compassionate person; always dependable and with plenty of common sense.

There is no upper age limit to becoming a Trinity live-in carer but you should be energetic and fit enough to, for example, assist your clients with bathing or to push them in their wheelchair.

You must be prepared to put your social life on hold for the duration of your bookings. You should be a reasonable cook (or be ready to invest in an English cook book!) You must be happy to do housework and laundry and to keep the home you are staying in clean and tidy. More experienced carers must be prepared to undertake personal care such as helping people to wash, dress and use the toilet.

You must understand, speak and write English very well and when you’re just starting out you’ll be allocated less demanding, more ‘companionship’ type roles.

How will I find out about live-in care assistant jobs?

If you work for Trinity Homecare, we will remain in close contact with you throughout your time with us and we’ll always be thinking about you for prospective bookings. Before you decide to take a job, we’ll run through everything with you and make sure you’re fully briefed about the client.

If I accept a live-in care job, will I be expected to drive?

Clients often have a car they want the live-in carer to drive on their behalf but it is essential that if you accept a booking where you are expected to drive, please make sure your driving licence is valid and up to date and that the client arranges the appropriate insurance cover for you.

How many hours will I be expected to work in a live-in care job?

As a live-in carer, you’ll work an average of eight to ten-hour day (not necessarily consecutive hours) a day but you’ll need to be on hand to help the client if needed.

You’ll also always have a two-hour break (off the premises) every day and you’re also never expected to work through the night. (If a client needs support throughout the night, there’ll usually be a non-resident carer from a local agency for waking night duty.)

On average, most live-in carers will work between six and a half and seven days a week.

How much is a live-in carer paid?

A live-in home care salary will vary. If you work under our Introductory Live-in Care service you will work as self-employed and we can only recommend rates, as it is ultimately for you to agree on these with the client. In order to attract the best live-in carers, we recommend to clients that daily rates from £85 per day and can vary depending on the level of support needed.

Additional payments are normally made for Public and Bank Holidays, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Live-in carers also receive free room and board with their client when on booking and return travel expenses from London Zone 1 when starting a live-in care position.

As a self-employed carer, you are paid directly by the client, usually by cheque, once a week.

Under our Trinity-managed live-in care service, we will pay your live-in care salary. Our pay rates and terms and conditions are highly competitive, as we benchmark our pay against our competitors to ensure we are always paying in the top 25% and are among the highest-paid live-in care jobs in the UK.  Your live-in care salary will be discussed at your interview and set out in writing in any job offer we make.

Introductory Live-in | Managed Live-in Care

How will I be paid as a live-in carer?

Under our Introductory Live-in service, care workers are classed as self-employed and are responsible for your own Income Tax and National Insurance contributions under self-assessment.

Live-in carers whom we introduce only should be aware that as a self-employed person you are responsible for organising your own employment and work pattern through Trinity.

Under our Managed Care service, live-in carers are employees of Trinity and we deduct your taxes and national insurance contributions at source under Paye As You Earn (PAYE).

Introductory live-in care | Trinity-managed live-in care:

Are there any weekend live-in care jobs?

There aren’t really any weekend live-in care jobs. If you want to work the weekends as a carer, you may be more suited to our daily home care service. There may be shorter assignments, however, under our Respite Care service. Find out more by calling one of our recruit team.

Contact | Daily home care service | Respite care:

What shall I bring to my live-in care worker interview?

Please ensure you bring the following items to your live-in care interview:

  1. Proof of identification & eligibility to work in the UK
  • Passport/s, EU identity card, or photographic driving license
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK (e.g. visa for non-EU passport holders)
  • Proof of address in the UK (e..g bank, credit card statement or utility bill less than 3 months old)
  • Birth certificate
  • National insurance number (e.g. card or jobcentre letter or payslip stating the number)
  • Valid driving licence. For UK licenses this is both your paper counterpart and the photocard. Alternatively, your foreign license allowing you to drive in the UK (with your original International license)
  1. Details of your Skills & Experience
  • Your full CV covering an up to date full working history
  • Documentation to support your application, for example, letters of reference and qualification certificates
  1. Cash of Card to support your DBS application
  • £63.20 to pay for your Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure and an Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) Audit First check.
  • Any previously issued CRB Disclosure certificate/ police clearance if applicable

What happens if a live-in care worker or client is unhappy with the booking?

If there are difficulties with a booking or a clash of personalities between live-in carer and client, either party should contact Trinity and a replacement live-in carer can be introduced as soon as possible.

It is important to remember that sometimes there can be some early settling down issues and our highly experienced live-in care managers can help you work through this.

Live-in carers should never leave a booking until a replacement arrives and a proper handover has taken place.

In the highly unlikely event that a client asks a live-carer to leave their premises immediately you should do so but please call our office/on-call team immediately for advice. You should also contact the next of kin if your client will otherwise be left alone.

Are there any jobs for male live-in carers?

Yes, of course – you might be little outnumbered by the women – but we welcome both male and female live-in carers! Many of our clients enjoy men living-in and caring for them and there are plenty of live-in care jobs across the UK.
Live in care jobs

How quickly can I start my live-in care job?

After you have successfully completed a formal interview and before you begin work as a live-in carer, we’ll need to follow up with your references. It may speed their return if you forewarn your referees we will be contacting them.

We also process Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosures for each live-in carer but once we have completed our checks you will be ready to start work as soon as the client agrees a start date.

We take great care in matching our live-in carers to our clients and the start date can depend on finding the right placement for you, but normally this is within a week or two.

What are the benefits of working as a live-in carer?

If you get a buzz from making a difference to someone else’s life, then you can be sure you will find live-in care work rewarding.

Live-in caring is also a great way to travel. Not only will you get to explore the UK, living and working with many different people as you do but your flexible working means you can take an extended break if you decide you want to travel the world.

We have many people from across the world working for us and as long as all your paperwork is current, we welcome everybody!

For more thoughts on the benefits of becoming a live-in care worker, read what one of our live-in carers has to say.
Live in Carers

How do you find your live-in care workers?

Many of our live-in carer workers come through recommendation. We also advertise in a number of reputable publications. All our live-in carers go through a rigorous MatchCare process that includes both a telephone/Skype and a face-to-face interview.

We also ask all live-in carers to complete an online attitude and job fit questionnaire. We carry out full document checks, take full references and complete enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service checks including an adult first check.

All our live-in carers speak fluent English and come from many parts of the world including Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Continental Europe and the UK.

If you enjoy helping others, and are looking for a live-in care assistant job, then take the first step to becoming a Trinity live-in carer and apply online today, or give one of our recruit team a call.
Apply online | Recruiters

If I live outside the UK, how do I find out about live-in care assistant jobs in the UK? And what advice can you offer me?

Live-in care work with Trinity offers a great opportunity to see Britain and Europe while earning good money to pay for it all.

You will need to prove to us that you have the right to work in the UK before we can begin to look for work on your behalf. Therefore, if you are from another country and thinking of finding work in Britain please ensure you meet all the necessary requirements before you apply and that you prepare fully before you leave your home country.

The main requirement for all overseas applicants is that they can speak and understand English to a high standard. This is particularly true for live-in carers as you work for clients in their own homes. Our clients are mostly elderly and often have short-term memory loss, hard of hearing or mobility problems with complicated needs. Sometimes they live a long way from their families and the live-in carer is their only regular link with the world. It is important that our clients can hold a conversation and relate to the person who is living in their home.

Before you apply it will also help to have a valid EU, UK, International or another valid driving licence; and a valid UK visa (if applicable). Room and board is provided when you are working as a live-in care worker but bear in mind that you will need somewhere to stay between bookings.

What is the dress code for a live-in care worker?

Live-in care workers are requested to dress in a smart casual fashion. We advise you to take some neat professional outfits with you should you need to accompany your client to their social clubs, a concert, the theatre or a family event. For every day wear you will need comfortable clothes and sensible shoes.

Do live-in care workers need to have a criminal record or police check?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) formed from the merger of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) on 1 December 2012. The primary role of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is to help employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups such as the elderly.

We require all live-in carers to complete an online disclosure application form whilst at our offices. If you already have an enhanced Disclosure please bring it to your interview. Enhanced CRB’s are transferable/ portable within 3 months of the issue date.

If you’re coming to Trinity Homecare from overseas, it is advisable to obtain a police check from that country.