There are many reasons to become a live-in carer
When you become a live-in carer, you’ll become a truly valued part of someone’s life by living in their home with them to provide one-to-one bespoke care.
Establish a bond with your client
When you’re not limited by time, you’ll have opportunities to discover more about the person you’re caring for. As you’re supporting your client throughout the day, you might notice habits or routines that you would otherwise have missed if you’re limited to visiting at certain times of the day.
Having time to talk at length gives you a chance to reminisce and share stories. These precious moments will help you understand more about your client’s past life and these moments will help you give your care personal touches with little details that’ll mean the world to your client.
Sharing stories will also help you plan activities because you’ll know which activities your client used to enjoy – or still does! Living with the person in your care means you’re able to judge their physical condition and if a particular activity could be beneficial from day to day. By truly knowing your client, you’ll be able to support them to participate in an activity that they once loved, or even explore a new activity together.
Whether you’re a visiting care assistant or a live-in carer, life as a care assistant gives you new experiences and new challenges with every day but if you’d like to have more consistency with your days, weeks and even months, becoming a live-in care assistant could be the ideal role for you. Although you won’t be visiting different clients, your daily activities will vary and your placements may take you all over the country!
“Every placement is different; I have worked for single people and couples, for people in the countryside and in the city, for people with large families and for people with no family at all.” Louise
You can be employed or self-employed
Being employed and self-employed both have their benefits, and different options might be more suited to you depending on your circumstances. Being a self-employed live-in carer means you’ll have more control over when you want to work throughout the year and you’ll be responsible for your own taxes and national insurance etc. Being an employed live-in carer means you’ll have peace of mind that your employer is there to support and you’ll benefit from training, a pension scheme and holidays. Your employer will be responsible for your taxes and insurance etc. and your employer will coordinate your placements on your behalf.
Live-in care is a lifestyle that’s beneficial for many circumstances because you can take extended breaks between your placements if you wish. As a live-in carer, you may prefer short-term placements for a number of weeks or long-term placements for a number of months.
“The live-in lifestyle suits me because it means I have no overheads and can save for the future.” Charlotte
When you become a live-in carer, your client will receive one-to-one bespoke care and support which will help them to access an enriched quality of life and your client’s loved ones will value your support just as much as your client does.
To find out how you can make a difference to peoples’ lives as a live-in carer at Trinity, visit our jobs and training section for FAQs, vacancies and training, or speak with a member of our friendly team!