There are few jobs more rewarding and enriching than a career in care. As a live-in carer, you will move into your client’s home for a predetermined period of time and provide them with care, support and companionship. Many live-in carers find that they build long-lasting and meaningful relationships with their clients and become a valued part of their lives.
If you’re considering becoming a professional live-in carer, you may have some questions about the process. In this Live-In Carer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), you will find the answers to some of the most common live-in carer questions such as, “how much is a live-in carer paid” or “can I become a care worker without any experience”?
If you would like to learn more about joining The Good Care Group’s award-winning care team, call today to speak to our friendly recruitment team.
As a live-in carer, you will be expected to live in your client’s home for the duration of a rota and provide professional care and support. Your care duties may involve everything from help with personal care and hygiene, daily activities such as light cooking and housekeeping, conversation and companionship, or support managing specialist conditions. Live-in carers often work in teams of two and take turns caring for the same client.
At The Good Care Group, we aim to keep the same care team working with each client for the duration of that client’s care. This allows carers and those they care for to build the strong connection needed to provide outstanding care completely tailored to the client’s unique needs.
What skills and qualities do I need to become a live-in carer?
Live-in care work requires a commitment to ensuring the well-being of each and every client. In our experience, to become a successful live-in carer one must be professional, compassionate, respectful, patient, and resilient.
There are practical requirements as well, such as fluent spoken and written English, the ability to maintain and run a home, family cooking skills, and good physical fitness.
Take a look at our Live-in Care Job Description to gain a better understanding of what the duties and responsibilities of a live-in carer are.
Am I employed by my client?
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. We provide a number of opportunities for professional development including training, ongoing supervision, coaching, mentoring and workshops.
What are some of the benefits of care work?
Caring for others offers an immense sense of joy and accomplishment. Live-in care work allows you to build meaningful relationships and make a positive impact in the lives of those in need. While care work may at times be challenging, it is a rewarding career that allows you to see first-hand the positive difference you’re creating in a person’s life.
Practical benefits include an in-demand career, competitive pay and a flexible working schedule where no two days are alike.
I don’t have much experience… Can I still apply?
The carers we recruit usually have at least 6 months of professional care work experience. This experience can include providing personal care to a friend or family member.
While we only have a limited number of jobs available for those with no prior professional care experience, we would still love to talk to you about getting started in care work. Call our recruitment team today to learn more about becoming a live-in carer.
Where will my client be based?
The Good Care Group is a national company with 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.
Are there training opportunities?
Yes, with The Good Care Group you will have many opportunities to develop your skills, training and qualifications. All successful applicants will attend a live-induction training programme along with additional training, coaching, mentoring, and free webinars and workshops all throughout your career in care. We will even support you through and cover the costs of obtaining your Level 2 Diploma in Working in Care Services.
Are there live-in care jobs available for men?
Of course, both male and female carers are welcome at The Good Care Group. There are plenty of opportunities available for both male and female professional carers.
Will I have my own room?
Yes, every live-in carer will receive their own room while on assignment. Your room will be checked by one of our care team staff to make sure it's suitable before your assignment.
Will I receive breaks?
At The Good Care Group, we offer a variety of rotas, or work schedules, so that you can maximise your personal time. For example, you may work two weeks on, two weeks off.
How many hours will I be expected to work?
All your breaks and working hours will be established before your assignment, so there will be no surprises. On average, live-in carers work 8 - 10 hour days, but not necessarily consecutively. We do have carers who have to work night shifts.
What if there is an emergency?
Our carers are never left 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. Each member of our care team also has access to a 24/7 confidential employee advice line.
How quickly can I get started?
Some carers receive an offer in as little as 24 hours. Once all the necessary training and checks are completed, you will begin working as soon as the client agrees to a starting date.
How much do carers get paid?
Pay rates are always calculated according to each carer’s unique skills, qualifications and experience. We offer a competitive salary based on a merit-based progression. This means your live-in carer pay will always be based on your hard-earned skills and experience.
Do you prepare care plans for clients?
Yes, during the initial assessment phase your Care Manager will create a detailed care plan that will include medication, medical conditions and any other relevant information required for your client’s day-to-day care. You’ll be able to easily refer to this care plan as it will be stored in a portable device in the client's home.
Do live-in carers pay council tax?
If your home is empty while you’re living with a client, or if there is nobody living in your home that is liable to pay council tax, then your home will become exempt from paying council tax.
Do I need to be able to drive?
A driver’s licence can be beneficial to drive your client to appointments or outings, but it is not necessary. If your client wishes for you to drive their vehicle, we suggest that you be added to their insurance policy. If you do drive, a valid UK driver’s licence will be necessary.
START A REWARDING CAREER IN LIVE-IN CARE
The Good Care Group has built an outstanding reputation for care work thanks to our qualified and professional carers. We believe providing exceptional care starts with our own exceptional carers, and that’s why we’re committed to providing all our care staff with a competitive salary, ongoing training, and regular support through our care management team.
Your wellbeing is just as important as the wellbeing of our clients. As a member of The Good Care Group care team, you’ll have access to flexible working patterns, an innovative well-being programme and a vast social support network.
If you are considering starting your own rewarding career in care work, contact our recruitment team to learn more about our application process. The start of a life-changing career could be just a phone call away!