The Role of a Live-In Carer

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Live-in carers are valuable people who enable countless elderly citizens to remain living in their own homes every year. Whilst residential care is an option for some, many people want to remain independent and enjoy the familiarity and comfort of their family home.

Each live-in carer will provide a different service depending on the needs of the person they are looking after. They will be present 24 hours a day 7 days a week to ensure their client is safe and getting exactly what they wish from life.

Duties of a Carer

Live-in carers want the person they are looking after to have as much independence as they wish. This is why they carry out their daily tasks in a discreet and caring manner whilst respecting their clients’ dignity, property and privacy.

Companionship and support are two key duties of a live-in carer. However, they can also help with tasks such as the following:

However, some clients who are convalescing or require palliative care will need extra support. This can include but is not limited to:

Being a Full Time Carer

Live-in carers come from all walks of life. Some were once nurses in hospitals, some trained at college, whereas other simply found live-in care a natural fit due to their passion for looking after others. Regardless of how live-in care became their job, carers love the benefits the role gives them.

Meeting incredible people and their families is one aspect of the job many carers enjoy. Learning about their clients and their history is extremely rewarding, especially when you are helping them remain independent. There is also great satisfaction in knowing you are making their lives happier and more enriched.

Being a live-in carer also offers great flexibility. Placements vary from weeks to ongoing care. Between each placement some live-in carers take time to study or travel before settling with their next client.

It is no secret that being a live-in carer can be demanding and emotional at times, especially with clients who are nearing the end of their life, have advanced dementia and mobility issues. Whilst it can be challenging it is also extremely rewarding.

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Some of the most important attributes of a live-in carer are patience, kindness, positivity, common sense and tolerance. You should also be compassionate, empathetic and dedicated. If you think this sounds like you, or you would like to find out more about being a live-in carer click here or give us a call on 0800 0807 891.

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There was universal praise for carers and they were described as, “wonderful”, and “outstanding”.

#25. CQC inspection 2015

We are profoundly grateful that we found out about the existence of Care at Home.

#7. Close relative of a client in Birmingham

Your carer improved my mother’s quality of life with her wonderful sense of humour and loving care beyond anything we had seen before.

#4. Son of a client in Leicestershire

I am so, so, so happy with the support my aunt has been given. Her carer is excellent & fantastic.

#9. Niece of client in Beccles, Suffolk

Branka’s care was exceptional and we were so lucky to have her looking after Don for the last year of his life, and helping to make him as calm and comfortable as possible’.

#38 Clients daughter in law in Hertfordshire.

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