Live-in care is an alternative to other care solutions such as care homes, for those who have long term health needs. To many older people, or those with life-limiting conditions, there’s nowhere better to live than the comfort of their own home and that is what live-in care allows them to enjoy. Surrounded by their memories and supported by a live-in carer, every single client gets to live their very best life in the place they love most.
A live-in carer is a professional trained to look after and provide flexible care to individuals or couples in their own homes. As a professional live-in carer you will provide both care and companionship to clients – providing assistance with daily activities, personal care, or support in managing specialist conditions such as dementia – all in the comfort of their own home.
People working live-in care jobs come from many different backgrounds, typically they have worked as domiciliary carers, care assistants, healthcare assistants or in nursing home jobs.
Live-in care is about individualised support. Our live-in carers move in with our clients for the duration of a rota. A rota can be 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off but we have a range of rotas to choose from.
A client typically has a team of two carers who take it in turn to live with them, and when one professional live-in carer arrives at the client’s home, they have a handover with the previous carer.
We aim to keep the same team with the client for the duration of us working with the client, and that allows our carers and clients to build up a real connection. Live-in care means having time to get to know your client, time to help them enjoy life and time to provide outstanding care completely tailored to their needs and life.
All clients have a care plan which you will access online via the Chrome book that we provide all our professional live-in carers with. Each carer has a Care Manager who is responsible for a region and who will check in with both you and your client on a regular basis.
“The Good Care Group gives you the opportunity to build a long-lasting, worthwhile relationship with your client, when in the past you may have had to spread yourself a little too thinly’.’
– Daniel, The Good Care Group
“Having worked in several care settings, it is live-in care that gives me the greatest job satisfaction. Live-in care allows me to make a real difference to my client’s life.”
Marion, Live-In Carer
WHAT DOES A LIVE-IN CARER PROVIDE?
Working in live-in care is an immensely rewarding career that allows you to make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. At every live-in care job, you’ll have the opportunity to provide bespoke care and support for someone in need.
When it comes to live-in care jobs, no two days are alike. A live-in carer provides a range of care and support services in a client’s home including:
Discreet and sensitive personal care
Meal planning and preparation
Medication administration and management
Light housekeeping duties
Transportation and running errands
Assisting with mobility in and around the home
Companionship and emotional support
Nurse-supported complex care
Why should I consider live-in care
jobs with The Good Care Group?
We have built a fantastic reputation live in carer jobs UK. Not only are we the most awarded dedicated live-in care provider we also think the following points are important:
We’re rated ‘Outstanding’ in all 5 categories by the CQC in England
We have achieved ‘Excellent’ for care and support and ‘Very Good’ for staffing by the Scotland Care Inspectorate
We have our own in-house Admiral Nurse and Occupational Therapist
All our professional Carers are employed by The Good Care Group
The way we deliver care is as individual as the people we’re trusted to look after. And each of our employees is an individual too. We are part of Sodexo’s global home care business, and supported by a team and technology that is second to none, allowing you to grow your skills in a culture that truly respects your ideas and individuality.
With our live in carer jobs we are looking for either a minimum of 6 months’ professional care experience OR you may have recent experience of providing personal care for an adult friend or family member including washing, bathing and toileting. If you have been working in care before you may have been a live-in carer, domiciliary carer, care assistant, support worker or personal healthcare assistant or similar. We get asked about live in carer jobs near me by those wishing to become a professional carer with us. We provide care across England and Scotland so have opportunities across these countries.
Please note, if you are looking for live in carer jobs near me, we only have a limited number of live in care vacancies for people with no professional care experience. But we’d love to talk to you if you’re interested in finding out how to get into live-in care and you’re very welcome to call our recruitment team on 0203 728 7570 to find out more.
Experience of dementia care would be great and a driver’s licence is an advantage but not a requirement.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
OUR INDUCTION PROGRAMME
The training you receive as a live-in carer at The Good Care Group is second to none. Our in-depth, five-day induction programme gives you the right tools, skills and mindset to deliver outstanding care.
Here is a look at the skills and training techniques covered in our comprehensive induction programme:
Common health conditions and neurological conditions
Understanding dementia (Foundation level)
Safeguarding, mental capacity, best interests and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS)
The ageing process
Moving and handling
Personal care and skin care
Nutrition and hydration
Care training endorsed by Age UK
Our professional carer training has recently been endorsed by Age UK. After reviewing our training materials, teaching sessions and overall objectives, they have given our training programme their stamp of approval.
Their full testamonial reads:
“Age UK has reviewed the training provided by The Good Care Group to its professional carers and has found it to be of high quality, going above industry expectations to give carers the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to ensure that their clients receive a high level of care. Age UK reviewed training in a number of key mandated areas, including dementia, end-of-life care, safeguarding, mental capacity, medication management and infection control, and are happy to commend the quality of this training. The Good Care Group’s training is well aligned with the way(s) in which Age UK believe older people should be treated and cared for, particularly the ways in which individuals are provided with person-centred care where maintaining independence is the aim.”
DEVELOPING YOUR CAREER
There will be plenty of opportunities to fulfil your potential with further qualifications as you move through your career with us.
We support training in Health and Social Care to Diploma Level. We also provide opportunities for advanced training towards specialisation in a specific or complex condition. We strongly encourage all our employees to think about their career goals and take an active part in fulfilling them.
Informative webinars will keep you up to date on insights and developments in the industry. Our online learning platform enables you to document your learning and compile your professional development record.
Wherever your ambition lies, the team around you will give you the support you need to achieve it.
OUR VALUES AND CULTURE
We only deliver the very highest standards of care that enable people to live with choice, dignity and independence in the comfort of their own homes.
During the induction programme, you’ll learn more about our company values and culture, including:
Our commitment to providing exceptional care without compromise
Your terms of employment, i.e. pay, holidays and expenses
Understanding our IT and e-learning systems
Well-being – how we look after ourselves at work
OUR CARER COMMUNITY
All our carers become part of a supportive community, helping each other both in person and remotely. They have their online forum, where they share experiences, advice, tips and best practice.
Here are just some of what you can expect from our supportive online community:
A secure forum for sharing advice, experiences and learnings from your placement with carer colleagues around the country
A place where you will always feel part of the team, even if your placement is remote or far from home
Time-saving help with admin, uploading expenses, scheduling time off and applying for overtime
A helpful alerts service with regular updates and messages from Head Office
LIVE-IN CARE JOBS FAQS
What Skills And Experience Do I 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
No, you will be directly employed by The Good Care Group. As a fully-managed, live-in care service, we recruit, train and manage all of our carers. This allows us to offer a range of industry-leading benefits designed to help you grow your skills as a professional carer.
Where Will My Client Be Based?
We have clients across England, Scotland and The Isle of Man. You will be matched with your client based on compatibility, and not location, so some travelling may be required. You will be reimbursed for any UK travel expenses.
What Is A Care Plan?
During the initial assessment phase your Care Manager will create a detailed document called a care plan that will include medication, medical conditions and any other relevant information required for your client’s day-to-day care. This care plan will be stored in a portable device in your client’s home, so you will always be able to refer back to it.
Will I Have My Own Room?
Yes, every live-in carer will receive their own room while on assignment. Before accepting any live-in carer jobs, your room will be checked by one of our care team staff to make sure it's suitable before your assignment.
Will I Have Someone To Contact In Case Of An Emergency?
We never leave our carers unsupported. During each assignment you will remain in regular contact with our Care management team and may reach out for support from our Carer Services team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Are There Opportunities For Developing My Career?
There’s nowhere better to train for the future. Our induction is market leading and confidence boosting. 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 Level 2 Diploma in Working in Care Services, covering the cost of the course.
What Support Is Offered To Carers?
We believe that maintaining a healthy balance between live-in care work and your personal life, helps you perform at your best. And when you perform at your best, you should get the best rewards. Our employment packages are industry-leading and offer a great range of benefits, including covering your travel expenses to and from placement in the UK, paid annual leave, 24/7 support and flexible rota patterns. 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 professional 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, well-being 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.
How Will Technology Support My Live-In Care Work?
There’s nowhere better to get the support you need and deserve. Everything 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.
OUR RECRUITMENT PROCESS
Are you thinking about embarking on your own rewarding career in care?
If you already have professional experience in a care home, hospital or home care environment, we would love to hear from you. We are always recruiting dedicated and experienced carers for our live-in care jobs across England and Scotland.
If this will be your first live-in care job, but have experience of caring for a family member or friend, we have a limited number of roles available and will provide the training to support you in your new career.
Our live-in care jobs application process can be completed in a few easy steps and you may hear back from us in as little as 24 hours:
1. COMPLETE APPLICATION FORM
Simply click on the apply now button located on the right-hand side of the page. Your application will take just a few minutes to complete. You will know immediately whether you have been successful to move on to the next stage.
2. ONE EXPERIENCE QUESTIONNAIRE
If you have been successful with the initial online application, you will now receive an email with a link to our brand new One Experience questionnaire. Please check your spam folder if you have not received the email. The One Experience questionnaire is a mix of video clips, written questions and audio clips which will present you with the type of scenarios you will come across as a Live-in Carer, and will ask you how you are likely to deal with those situations. You should allow around 30 mins to complete.
For those who pass the One Experience the next step is a phone interview and if that goes well we also do a face-to-face interview which can be via Skype or similar.
If we think you’ll make a great addition to our team we’ll make you an offer. This offer is subject to us receiving your references and successfully clearing the police checks for England and Scotland.
5. INDUCTION TRAINING
You will then be invited to join our 5-day induction training. Please note that there will be assessments during these 5 days and you will need to pass the assessments in order to receive confirmation of your employment.
What we offer
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
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