Live-in care is a wonderful and rewarding career – find out more information about the job here.
Becoming a live-in carer is a wonderful idea if you want to move into care as a career, and have the time to fully execute your carer skills in the best carer job without being restricted by time slots.
There are plenty of other benefits to working in home care too, and plenty of live-in care jobs available in the UK as live-in care becomes more and more popular.
Live-In Care & What It Involves
In home care is always going to be unique to the client. As a general rule it means you live with your client in their home and care for them 24/7. You may be a specialist in dementia care which means your job will revolve around the particular care a client with dementia needs. Or it might be that a client needs special help socialising and getting out and about on top of general care-giving tasks. Each carer job is unique to your experience and to the client’s needs. Most often, live-in carers (unless they are qualified as nurses) do not provide nursing care but they can be involved in it’s organisation.
Live-In Care Job Requirements
As a very basic rule, a person wanting to go into care needs to want to care for people. When you’re respectfully and professionally washing people, cooking for them and feeding them, and you’re spending 24/7 with them, you need to want to care for them and provide them with the best possible quality of life.
An excellent ‘bedside manner’ is a requirement for anybody going into care. In terms of getting an actual carer job, you will of course need the relevant training and basic requirements such as the physical and emotional ability to deal with this type of job. Here are qualities you should have as a live-in carer:
- Common sense
It would also benefit you to have basic cooking skills, and housekeeping skills and be happy with tasks like simple housework (hoovering, dusting, washing clothes etc).
You should not consider working as a live-in carer if you’re not willing to put your social life on hold, if you don’t want to focus 24/7 on your job, and if you don’t want to dedicate yourself to the care of one person.
The Benefits Of Being A Live-In Carer
There are many, many benefits to being a live-in carer. Here are just some of the benefits you could experience if you went into this line of work:
- Building a meaningful relationship with your client
- Excellent hourly pay
- The ability to do your job properly without time constraints
- The ability to have a varied job
- The ability to make a real difference
- There are plenty of live-in care jobs in the UK to choose from
Being a live-in carer is not a job that everybody can do. It does take somebody special to essentially dedicate their lives to a person 24/7. If you do think that this could be the job for you, then you’ve got a wonderful career ahead of you.