It’s never too late for a career change
If you’re over the age of 50 and thinking about live-in care - welcome! We often get asked about this and you may be surprised to learn that more than half our professional care team is over the age of 50, to us age isn’t important as long as you’re fit, healthy and ready to provide outstanding care. Some of those who have joined us already have care experience, many have needed to care for a loved one or friend, enjoyed it and wanted to try something different from the career they may have had for many years.
We love diversity. Our vision is to be the leading provider of the highest quality care in the home. We enable older people to enjoy staying safely and happily in their own homes and own community for as long as possible, whilst enhancing their wellbeing and lifestyle.
If you share this vision, read on and learn more about live-in care. It’s never too late to change your career and we think live-in care is a great choice for those who want to combine the opportunity to make a real difference to an older person whilst also enjoying quality time with friends and family.
We’re looking for the following skills and experience: 6 months’ professional care experience such as live-in carer, domiciliary carer, care assistant, support worker or personal healthcare assistant or similar OR you may have recent experience of providing personal care for an adult friend or family member including washing, bathing and toileting.
If you’re not sure you have the right experience, we have a very friendly recruitment team who’d love to talk to you on 0203 728 7570.
Can over 50's do live-in care jobs?
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.
People working in live-in care come from many different backgrounds. Some people may have decided that retirement wasn’t for them after all. Some people might want a change of direction, some people may want a change from a normal 9am - 5pm job. There are as many reasons as there are carers in TGCG and with a range of rotas to choose from you can probably find one that will suit your lifestyle.
We are not an agency and we do not hire self-employed or part time staff. When placed with a client, you will receive regular income and paid holiday. We endeavour to place you with one client so that you can build a strong and mutually beneficial bond with them. Should anything happen to the client or they no longer need your services, we will work on getting you into another placement as soon as possible.
You can choose a rota pattern that suits you. You work a rota and then return home to enjoy your weeks off. For many, it has been proven to be an ideal working arrangement.
2 weeks on 2 weeks off
4 weeks on 2 weeks off
2 weeks on 4 weeks off
6 weeks on 2 weeks off
2 weeks on 6 weeks off
3 weeks on 3 weeks off
4 weeks on 4 weeks off
What is live-in care?
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.
"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."
How do we support career changers?
Our in-depth five-day induction programme will empower you with the right tools, skills and mindset to deliver the best care possible.
Training takes place in London with your accommodation costs paid for. We also contribute to your travel costs. During the pandemic we are also offering some online training options.
After your induction training you will begin a 16-week probationary period. During this time you will be working towards your Care Certificate using our online course. You will have support as you need it from our Learning and Development team, as well as your dedicated Care Manager.
A rewarding career
From developing your skills as a professional live-in carer to gaining expertise in complex needs or becoming a manager, whatever your ambitions we will help you achieve your goals. You will have on-going supervision, coaching, mentoring and everything you need for a rewarding career in live-in care.
Webinars - Join our monthly webinar remotely from your digital device, and access instant learning on a range of topics with a variety of expert speakers. There is always something new to learn.
Workshops - Our workshops, which run throughout the year, will deepen your knowledge and understanding of Dementia, Parkinson’s disease, ‘end of life’ care and much more.
Diploma - You have the opportunity to study ‘Working in Care Services RCF level 2 Diploma’ while working with us, and we will cover the cost of the course.
How to apply
If you want to find out more about working for The Good Care Group, a great place to start is to attend one of our regular online events. Please see our event section to find out when our next live event runs. This will allow you to ask questions and find out more in the comfort of your own home. You are also welcome to contact our friendly recruitment team on 0203 728 7570.
If you’re ready to apply, your first step is to fill in our online application form. If you’re successful, you will receive an email inviting you to fill in our ‘One Experience’ questionnaire which is a series of questions online. Some of the questions explore how you would react to different care scenarios and it involves video and audio, so make sure you are in a place where you can hear everything clearly. The One Experience will take 30 - 45 minutes to complete.
After the One Experience you will be invited for a telephone interview followed by a face-to-face interview, but don’t worry you won’t be expected to travel to the UK for an interview. We’ll use WhatsApp, Skype or Facetime so that you can virtually meet our team before making a decision or you can meet our local teams in person.
If you are successful, you will be invited to attend the induction training in London, with free accommodation and either full payment or a contribution to your travel costs.
As all of our roles are for “live-in” care positions, your accommodation and food will be provided whilst working on placement in the UK.