We help people with day-to-day activities, like washing and dressing, meal preparation, companionship, and help with medication.
As well as care activities, live-in carers often need to manage the household as much as needed by the client, which can include cleaning, laundry, shopping and other activities.
Live-in carers generally stay with a client for at least a week of a time, often for two weeks, followed by a week or two off.
Clients can have a range of conditions, such as frailty, memory problems, and mobility problems. They can live alone, or with a loved one.
I enjoy being able to dedicate myself to one person for the length of my placement rather than rushing between lots of residents, like in a care home.
My work pattern of one week on, one week off, works perfectly around my other commitments, and I can always choose other work patterns if I need
It was a bit daunting to start with, but I'm with one main client, and we know each other really well now. I can always phone the office for guidance if needed as well.
Being a live-in carer you work with the client, their partner, loved-one, friends and healthcare professionals. It can be busy but it's so rewarding.
People in the Live-in Carer role need to be flexible, patient and genuinely caring.
Being able to interact with and support a variety of different clients with different needs in a friendly and professional way are all essential qualities for Carers.
Because of the responsible, one-to-one nature of the role, previous experience in the care sector is required.
Being able to commit to placements of at least a week at a time is also important, as too many changes in a week can unsettle clients.
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