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Live-in carer job description

As a live-in home care assistant, you can either be employed by Trinity Homecare or work as a self-employed live-in carer. Whichever you choose, you will enrich someone’s life by providing them with one-to-one care in their own home. You will live in your client’s home with them and you’ll become a truly valued part of their life. If you’re looking for continuity, being a live-in home care assistant could be the ideal role for you.

We are seeking live-in carers to join our Trinity-managed (employed) team throughout London, Surrey and the Home Counties. We’re also seeking self-employed live-in carers to care for clients across England and Wales. As a live-in carer, you are likely to encounter and experience a variety of conditions including dementia, diabetes, end of life care, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental health needs among others, so confidence and understanding of specialist care are beneficial qualities for a live-in carer.

What we look for in a live-in carer

  • A minimum of 6 months experience within a care setting, either for a family member or on a professional basis
  • A genuine kind, compassionate, caring nature required
  • Reliability and commitment
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills and fluent English is essential as many of our clients are hard of hearing or visually impaired
  • Ideally car drivers either with or without a car but a licence valid for use in the UK

What we offer our live-in carers

  • Up to £700 per week for our most qualified staff and high needs clients. Average daily rate normally ranges from £80 – £90 per day.
  • Paid board and lodging whilst you are on an assignment in the client’s home
  • Paid holiday (28 days per year)- equivalent to a further 12% of your weekly pay
  • Employer contributory pension scheme (from January 2017)
  • Free Care Certificate training
  • Ongoing support and supervision in the client’s home
  • Access to a dedicated Care Manager at all times
  • 24×7 on-call support for emergencies
  • No need for your own employee insurance
  • Tax and national insurance deducted at source- no need to register as self-employed
  • Funded distance learning and the opportunity for further personal development and qualifications

What to expect as a live-in carer

A live-in carer job description will usually include an outline of expected responsibilities which include companionship, personal care and specialist care for health conditions:

Companionship may involve:

  • Support and encouragement to empower your client to lead an independent lifestyle
  • Providing full-time companionship and conversation
  • Meal preparation and cooking
  • Light domestic tasks and general household duties such as cleaning, bed making, laundry and ironing
  • Accompanying clients to appointments, social engagements and errands such as shopping
  • Pet care
  • Communicating with family, friends and other healthcare professionals on their behalf

Personal care may additionally involve:

  • Washing, bathing, showering and oral care
  • Dressing and preparation for the day
  • Toileting and continence management
  • Assistance with eating
  • Assisting, administering or prompting with medication
  • Use of moving and handling equipment (after training) if a client is unable to mobilise on their own.
  • Working closely with other care professionals such as District Nurses and GPs
  • Assisting clients with their night-time routine, including undressing and washing
  • Recording and Reporting

If this sounds like you, call us today to start your career journey as a live-in carer!

Where can I find more information about live-in care?

We’re a founding member of the Live-in Care Hub, visit their website to discover real stories and browse information about live-in care.