Helping people live the best life they can, in the comfort of their own home isn’t work. It’s life-changing work. With training that’s second to none, our clients receive the highest levels of care from people who genuinely care.
We have spent a lot of time really understanding what makes a great and capable professional live-in carer. It means that the carers joining our team not only share our values which are very important to us, but also have the capability, judgment and empathy which is needed every day when they look after their clients. It’s our commitment to quality which has seen us gain ‘Outstanding’ in all 5 categories inspected by the CQC and ‘Excellent’ for care and support and ‘Very Good’ for staffing by the Scotland Care Inspectorate
If you want to be part of our team this section outlines the skills, experience and qualifications a live-in carer needs.
What does a live-in carer do?
For many older people, there’s nowhere better than home, and as a live-in carer you will help keep them safer, healthier and happier in their own home. From 24 hour live-in care to respite care, the work you will do makes a big difference to our clients’ lives.
No two days are ever the same in live-in care. 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. It’s an extremely rewarding role, but also one that can be challenging at times so we make sure you have support 24/7 - whether it’s from our Regional Support team, your care manager or your peers who you can connect with via our online community called ‘Good Care Together’.
You will look after your client in accordance with a care plan written by your care manager during the assessment of each client, detailing medication, medical conditions and all assistance required for that person’s day-to-day care. To make the plan easily accessible and instantly updated, it’s stored on an electronic portable device within each client’s home. 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. As a professional live-in carer you will provide personal care to your client, help run the home so light cleaning and washing may be expected as well as cooking for your client. Good basic cooking skills are therefore essential. If you personally have any special dietary requirements or allergies be sure to tell our Recruitment team.
Who are the clients I will work with?
You will be directly employed by The Good Care Group. We look to match you with an ongoing client based on your skills and experience and the client’s needs, likes and dislikes, rather than on location. We know that companionship works both ways and that the experience is best for both of you when we get this right. This does mean that you need to be flexible with traveling to your clients, but don’t worry, you can claim your UK travel expenses back.
Live-in caregiver duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Personal care
- Continence support
- Administering medication
- Light housework and gardening
- Preparing healthy meals
- Accompanying to appointments and social outings
- Supporting with hobbies, interests and activities
- Specialised care for dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke and other conditions
- Updating the care plan daily
To find out more about what skills and experience you need as a live-in carer you can join one of our regular online recruitment events. Please see our events section to find out when our next live event runs. This will allow you to ask questions and find out more about a career in live-in care from the comfort of your own home.
The events are often co-hosted by one of our existing carers which gives you a chance to ask the questions directly and hear first hand what being a live-in carer with The Good Care Group is like.
Qualifications and experience needed
We are looking for professional care experience, this could be as a care assistant, carer, homecare assistant, domiciliary carer, healthcare assistant or another health or social care related role. Alternatively, you might have recent experience of providing personal care for a friend or family member.
You need the ability to build a respectful and caring relationship with your client as 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.
To be considered for our live-in care roles, you must have:
- A high standard of written and spoken English
- The right to work in the UK
- Clear police, occupational health and reference checks
- Good professional and personal references
- Good family cooking skills
- Ability to run a home and keep it clean
During the recruitment process we are also looking for:
- Good physical fitness for tasks like carrying shopping, stair work 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
- Evidence that you are comfortable using technology such as using a laptop as all our care plans are online and the first step of the application process is to fill in an online application form.
But most importantly - everyone who works at The Good Care Group has compassion, commitment and energy. We enjoy what we do and feel privileged and rewarded every day. Your offer of employment will include a contract that states you are a direct and full-time employee of The Good Care Group. This entitles you to all the benefits that come with being in full-time employment with us.
Contracts and rotas
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. International carers often like to work in the UK and then return home in their 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
Looking after you too
The Good Care Group gives you the opportunity to take on live-in care jobs in England and Scotland. 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.
We have a confidential employee assistance service, with counselors 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.
We believe that there’s nowhere better to be, than in a place where you love to make life the very best it can be - for yourself, your client and our business.
Call our recruitment team to find out more about our live-in care jobs on 0203 728 7570.