If you want a more satisfying job as an elderly carer, you’ll want to read about these potential career options as a live-in carer.
Statistics show us that within the next 50 years there will be 8.6 million more older people aged 65 and over in the UK alone.
The more elderly people there are, the better a care system is needed, which is why the live-in care industry is positively booming and growing at the moment. A Live-in Care Hub report found that almost 100% of people would rather not go into residential care, which goes some way to explaining why live-in care is considered the ideal choice for many that require care.
If you’re looking to start a career in care, or to improve on your current job in elderly care, now is a great time to consider live-in care. There are many benefits to live-in care such as:
- Good pay
- Regular training (if you are with an agency)
- Opportunity to meet new people
- Making a difference to the lives of those you work with
- The work is different every day
- The ability to provide exceptional care to clients
There are many benefits within the live-in care industry and those who have been working within live-in care for a long time often have heartwarming stories to tell.
Becoming a live-in carer without any previous experience is actually very easy. You can apply to an agency who will train you from scratch, and provide you with work. You will need the right to work in the UK and basic attributes such as being physically well, naturally compassionate and well-organised.
Alternatively, you could work privately but you will need to get initial jobs based only on families willing to give you a chance. Getting some volunteer work, CRB checks and relevant education will help bump up your credentials in this instance.
If you aren’t new to care and you are moving into live-in care from a residential carer position, not only will you find it easier to find work, but you’ve also some pleasant changes to come in this type of job as an elderly carer.
You will not have set time restrictions with a client in their home, you have the time to provide the proper care you have always wanted to give. You will have plenty of time to converse with your client and cook for them, focus on them and provide them with the best possible quality of life.
There are also extra perks you don’t get in a residential care home such as variety within your days, cooking and maybe even looking after pets. You might even accompanying your clients on trips or on holiday as their carer. Most people progressing to live-in care from residential care would never go back to working in a care home because they get so much more satisfaction from providing live-in care.
Now you know live-in care is right for you it is a great idea to do more research into a job as an elderly carer. Any change in career is a big deal, and it pays to know exactly what you are getting yourself into.
Understanding both the negatives and positives of a job in live-in care, as well as the potential paths to employment will help you in your transition towards this incredibly fulfilling career.