11 Could I work as a live-in carer?

If you’ve got compassion and empathy, and want to make a real difference to peoples’ lives, being a live-in carer could be the ideal role for you.

Having experience of working as a Care Assistant in either a visiting or live-in role isn’t absolutely vital when applying to become a live-in carer. Most care providers value characteristics such as compassion, empathy and common sense as qualities they look for in their live-in carers, experience and knowledge are things you can develop over time with support and training.

What’s working as a carer like?

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 share stories and experiences. These precious moments will help you understand more about your client’s past life and help you add those all-important personal touches with little details that’ll mean the world to your client.

Consistency

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. That being said, consistency certainly doesn’t mean boring! Although you won’t be visiting different clients, your daily activities will vary and your placements may take you all over the country!

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.

Care assistant at work

How do I become a live-in carer?

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!

What are the typical job descriptions?

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

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 you’re interested in starting your journey as a live-in carer at Trinity Homecare, visit https://www.trinityhomecare.co.uk/jobs-and-training/care-job-vacancies/

Is it rewarding?

“What I find most rewarding is my work makes a real difference to people’s lives; helping them to achieve independence and maintain their dignity throughout their twilight years. I can bring cheerfulness, good company and conversation to someone who is alone or isolated and at the same time, I get to meet interesting people with fascinating life stories.” Read Charlotte’s story 

“Knowing that I’m doing something meaningful and helping people live the life they want to live inspires me” Read Sarah’s story

“I love Betty – she’s more like my Nan. She’s family.” Despite Betty’s difficulties with memory – she always seems to remember Chris. “We talk to my family by Skype when we’re together, so she knows I need to go and visit them but she often says to me: “I look out that window, waiting for you to come back.” And wait she does. Every time Chris returns from her week off, Betty recognises her car and will be seen waiting for her by the front door. And Chris misses Betty too. “I wish I could take her with me when I go,” she says. Read Chris’s story

If you’re interested in starting your journey as a live-in carer at Trinity Homecare, visit https://www.trinityhomecare.co.uk/jobs-and-training/care-job-vacancies/