It takes a certain kind of person to become a carer. And someone with something even more special inside to be a live-in carer – take a look at the information below and see if that sounds like you.
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Our hub members are always looking for talented live-in carers to work in the UK. If you want to help people improve the quality of their lives and live at home for longer, live-in care is not only a deeply rewarding experience. It’s the start of many wonderful friendships.
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Although many live-in carers have already worked in the health sector, professional experience is not always needed. For instance, you may have cared for a family member in the past. The important ingredients for the role are universal, such as compassion, dedication, common sense, a positive, outgoing personality and a good level of fitness. Needless to say, you’ll be comfortable working on your own. You’ll also have the confidence to make your own decisions and run a household.
What benefits will I enjoy?
Live-in care is a career like few others. It could involve living away from your own home for potentially lengthy periods, but many alternate live-in care with stays with family or friends. If you’re an ‘empty nester’ or don’t own your own home, it could be the ideal arrangement. In fact, many carers come from overseas, combining a career with travelling. And you’ll find there are plenty of other perks besides. With your board and lodgings paid for most of the year, your cost of living will fall dramatically – leaving you more of your salary left over to spend and save.
Many of the leading care providers listed here have excellent employment packages too, whether employed or self-employed. Some have even won awards for their employment reputation, each and every year.
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Added to good rates of pay, most fully managed and introductory agencies look for carers to join their ongoing professional development schemes, so they can refresh their skills and stay on top of the latest developments. This means many offer specialist training and qualifications, such as the Health and Social Care Diploma, which replaces the former NVQ. Training is varied and in-depth, covering everything from dementia, first aid, safeguarding and falls prevention, to nutrition, continence care, infection control and many more.
Support in your role
Don’t worry. As a live-in carer, you’ll never feel on your own. With carers often meeting up regionally as part of their professional development, there’s a real sense of team spirit. Some providers even have their own accommodation or guesthouses, which carers can stay in between bookings.
As a demanding job, the support on offer tends to be very high. Carers and clients are carefully matched, making sure you and the person you’re looking after will get on well throughout your time together. In fact, your wellbeing is taken just as seriously as the client’s.
Supervision is also there when needed, along with expert coaching and mentoring. All so you can deliver the very best care, without ever feeling you’re being left to cope alone.
If you’re brilliant at your job, there’s also the potential to step up into a supervisor or management role. Live-in care is a fast-growing industry, which means you’ll enjoy lots of scope for career progression.
And of course, you can relax knowing you’re working for a trusted, experienced company. All our care providers are members of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, guaranteeing the very highest standards of care.