Are you cut out for a career as a Live in Carer?
The number of Live in Carer jobs in the UK is continually increasing due to the growing demand for care. Training and gaining experience in the care industry can be a savvy career choice from a financial perspective, as care is something which is always needed and as a consequence there will always be positions readily available. Read on to learn what special qualities it takes to be a Live in Carer and whether it could be the right career choice for you…
What to expect
A career as a live-in Carer is a vocation which requires a special type of person with a patient and caring personality who can empathise with the feelings and sensibilities of the client. You will support the client with all aspects of their day to day living, so they can enjoy the best possible quality of life.
Providing live in care and support is both a challenging and rewarding experience. You will stay in the customer’s home, usually working alone, although you will have full support from the Right at Home management team when working for us.
You will be matched with a client to provide live in care for and will live with your client in their own home. A typical work pattern might be two-weeks on, then two weeks off or 3 weeks in and one off; our Live in Carers therefore have the time to build a bond with the people they care for and many can say they feel more like friends.
The duties of a Live in Carer may include helping with physical needs such as washing, dressing, toilet assistance, preparing meals, supervising medication and light housework. If they have a dementia related condition you will need to keep an eye on them. Some clients will be quite independent and more in need of companionship, including shopping and trips out. We always tailor care to a client’s particular needs.
Live-in Care work is worthwhile, enjoyable work which can fit around your own lifestyle and personal choices, giving you flexibility on your weeks off perhaps to perhaps travel and visit friends. Other benefits include accommodation (your own room with wi-fi access) and board while living-in with your client.
To work as a Live in Carer you will be required to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check – previously known as a ‘CRB’ or ‘Criminal Records Bureau’ check. This ensures that you can safely work with vulnerable people. You will need strong references, as you will be working with vulnerable people and their safety and wellbeing is paramount.
Training to be a Live in Carer
You do not need to hold any previous qualifications to be a Live in Carer. At Live in Care North West we provide free training and one to one mentoring for our Live in Carers to ensure they feel confident and supported. There are opportunities to study for a recognised qualification whilst working as a Live in Carer such as QCF Level 2 or 3 or Diploma in Health & Social Care.