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If you’re looking for a career with the best live-in care provider in the UK, there’s nowhere better!
There's nowhere better than The Good Care Group. For older people, or those with life-limiting conditions, there's nowhere better to live than the comfort of their own home. 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. Whether you want to be a live-in carer, a Care Manager or work from our fantastic new Head Office, there's nowhere better to build your career.
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:
- A variety of live-in care roles in England and Scotland to suit your level of experience and lifestyle.
- Regular paid holidays
- A 5 day intensive training programme before your first placement
- Training includes: basic first aid, manual handling, medications and working towards a Care Certificate
- Access to free EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)
- 24/7 365 support from a central office team
- A dedicated Care Manager who knows you and your client
- UK travel expenses covered whilst in placement
- Free Wi-Fi in every home
- Generous refer-a-friend scheme
- Rotas making it possible to split your time between working with your client and enjoying valuable time off back home with family and friends
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. We are looking for people with at least 6 months’ professional experience. You might have been a live in carer before or you might have worked in a care home as a home carer, or care assistant, or you have experience as a healthcare assistant, domiciliary carer, hourly care worker or similar.
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 a Level 2 Diploma in Working in Care Services, 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 for live-in care jobs in the UK – often from Spain, Poland, Portugal, Greece, Slovakia, Lithuania, Hungary and France – but you must be able to prove you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom.
The role of a live-in carer
There’s nowhere better to care than in the business that’s going places and growing. Backed by Sodexo and supported by a team and technology that are second to none, you’ll grow your skills in a high-performance culture that truly respects your ideas, inspiration and individuality.
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. Marion, one of our live-in carers, puts it perfectly:
"Having worked in a variety of care settings over the years, it's live-in care that’s by far given me the greatest job satisfaction. More importantly, I’ve seen first-hand how having the time to build relationships with my clients is central to enhancing their sense of wellbeing and happiness later in life. Live-in care gives me the opportunity to do what inspired me to care in the first place: seeing my work make a real difference to an individual’s life as opposed to them just being another number on my to do list.”
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
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.
Taking care of you too
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.
Keeping you better connected with technology
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.
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