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A career that changes lives
As a live-in carer with The Good Care Group, you will become part of our team, providing exceptional home care services to help our clients live comfortably at home. For those with a passion for caring, a career in live-in care provides the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others.
Live-in care jobs at The Good Care Group are highly rewarding. Our employment packages are industry-leading and offer a number of benefits, including paid annual leave, 24/7 support and flexible rota patterns. We believe that maintaining a healthy balance between live-in care work and your personal life helps you perform at your best.
As a company, we aim to provide the highest standard of care by fully supporting our live-in carers at every stage.
Your career with us begins with an intensive training course to prepare you for your new live-in care job. You'll follow expert-led programmes and receive ongoing guidance during assignments. We support our carers with their skills and careers, providing opportunities to train for specialist roles and travel across the UK for live-in care work.
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Who can apply for a live-in care job?
If you’re a compassionate and respectful person with professional care experience, we’d like to hear from you. You can apply for a live-in carer vacancy if you have worked in a care home or as a domiciliary or hourly care worker.
If you lack professional experience but have cared for a family member or loved one, you should still apply but may find that suitable roles are limited.
We will support you to attain an NVQ 2 in Health & Social Care, a qualification that equips you with the fundamental skills to care for others. You must also have excellent spoken and written English, the ability to prepare and cook nutritious meals and be physically able to undertake your tasks and duties.
Carers join us from a variety of backgrounds to work in placements across the UK. We regularly recruit from overseas – often from Spain, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary and France – but you must be able to prove you are eligible to work in this country.
The role of a live-in carer
As a professional live-in carer, you will provide care and companionship at a time when a person needs it most, in the comfort of their home.
Working in a live-in care team of two, your priority will be to provide support and assistance as agreed in a personalised care plan, helping the person to live a full life as independently as possible.
Your live-in carer duties may include but are not limited to:
However, our carers offer much more than that in this fulfilling career. Laetitia, one of our valued team, puts it perfectly:
“As live-in carers, we are uniquely privileged to support and care for people in their own homes. I cannot think of a more fulfilling and rewarding job. With this privilege comes a great responsibility to respect the trust placed in us to live in someone's house and have access to all parts of their home and life.”
The skills and experience you need to be successful
Live-in care work requires dedication and commitment. Successful live-in home carers share characteristics which help them with the challenges they may face on assignment. They include compassion, respect, empathy, adaptability and resilience. With these attributes, carers can provide a dignified service to all clients, no matter their level of dependency.
As well as sharing The Good Care Group’s values of expertise, teamwork, trust, respect and professionalism, we look for people with the following:
- Fluent spoken and written English
- Good family cooking skills
- Ability to run a home and keep it clean
- Good physical fitness for tasks like carrying shopping, stairwork and client moving and handling
- Sound mental health, while working alone and unsupervised in isolated assignments
- Good personal hygiene and a tidy and appropriate dress sense
- Effective communication, observation and reporting skills
- An appreciation of people with care needs and the capacity to value them as individuals
- Confidence in washing, dressing and providing continence support
- The understanding to work with people from a range of backgrounds and to recognise their values, practices and customs
- Ability to fit in and respect a client’s lifestyle and home, as well as their right to choice, dignity, privacy and independence
- A kind, caring and sensitive approach with a demeanour suitable for our clients
- Capacity to empathise with the effects of losing ability and function whilst maximising the physical and mental potential of clients
- Organised, flexible and resilient with a sense of humour
- Ability to work on own initiative and to remain calm in difficult situations
- Willingness to undertake training
- Ability to recognise personal limitations and take action to prevent deterioration in working performance or escalation to a crisis situation
Developing your career
Whether you want to grow your skills as a professional live-in carer, gain expertise in complex needs or go on to become a care manager, we’ll help you achieve your goals.
If your application is successful, you’ll attend a five-day live-in care induction programme in London, with sessions led by industry specialists. You’ll learn live-in care skills, innovative techniques and the knowledge to help our clients continue to live well at home.
We invest in and encourage every employee to continually develop their skills and experience, providing a range of opportunities for professional enhancement. Additional training, ongoing supervision, coaching and mentoring are available to all our live-in carers.
We also offer free training webinars and workshops and support with attaining your Health and Social Care Diploma, covering the cost of the course.
Taking care of you too
The Good Care Group gives you the opportunity to take on live-in care assignments across the UK. Wherever you work, rest assured you will never be alone.
From the moment you’re introduced to a client, a dedicated management team will be on hand with help and advice, alongside a local carer support and buddy network.
If you’re new to live-in care, we also offer a shadowing service that lets you learn from the best. And, as you can face challenges at any time, an emergency phone line is there if you need it, all day, every day.
There’s also a confidential employee assistance service, with counsellors providing 24/7 telephone support for any professional or personal issues you want to discuss. Our Consultant Admiral Nurse will also be there for you, offering support through any bereavement you may experience.
We’ll do everything we can to match you to a client based not only on your skills and experience but your personalities and interests too. We know that companionship works both ways and the experience is best for you when we get this right.
As a professional live-in carer for The Good Care Group, you’ll have the option of rotas to suit your lifestyle, with your breaks covered by a relief carer if required.
Your health, wellbeing and happiness are important to us. We’re rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC in England for the management and support we provide and ‘Excellent’ for quality of care and support by the Scotland Care Inspectorate.
Keeping you better connected with technology
Join us and the support you need is only ever a phone call or email away – and you can claim back the cost of all work-related calls from your mobile each month.
Part of your live-in care work will include managing client records electronically. We provide a lightweight laptop with every placement, so you’re constantly connected. A dedicated email address means you can receive regular updates, attend webinars and access 1-2-1 support whenever you need it.
What we offer
Your pay and benefits
- Competitive pay bands rewarding individual experience, skills, training and qualifications
- Paid annual leave based on working patterns
- £500 carer referral scheme
- £500 client referral scheme
- UK travel expenses paid whilst in placement
- Family discount on TGCG services (5%) plus 50% initial fee reduction
Your professional development
To prepare for live-in care placements you will receive:
- Comprehensive induction training
- Ongoing online training
- Funded training opportunities – the Care Certificate
- Provision of certified qualifications – diploma and equivalents
- Regular programme of informative webinars
- Development opportunities based on experience, skills, training and qualifications
- Flexible working patterns
- Access to an innovative wellbeing programme
- 24/7 confidential employee assistance phoneline
- Bereavement support from our in-house Consultant Admiral Nurse
- An online carer community
- Social support network