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Live-in carer: What does the job description look like?

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Are you looking to hire a live-in carer and don’t know what to look out for? Or do you want to become a live-in carer?

In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about what makes a good live-in carer, And what does the job description look like. We will run through the qualities that make a great live-in carer and their key duties and responsibilities.

What makes a great live-in carer?

A great live-in carer must have certain essential qualities. In order to fit their role as perfectly as possible, a live-in carer needs to meet these specifications, considering that they will be performing certain complex duties, including personal care, healthcare as well as housekeeping tasks.

The right experience is a must. At Guardian Carers, specifically, we only recruit live-in carers with a minimum of 2 years of professional experience. A live-in carer must be able to fit the role well and also be able to go the extra mile, such as providing emotional support when the care recipient needs it.

Some of the key qualities of a live-in carer are being respectful, patient, reliable and qualified. Having determination is also an absolutely key aspect of being a live-in carer, as the role of a live-in carer is oftentimes a very challenging one, particularly if the live-in carer is required to work with patients with disabilities or cognition problems.

Live-in carers are expected to be understandable and respectful of the care recipient’s needs. A person in need of care will often not be able to do the things they were able to do in the past. This sometimes leads to people or even carers treating care recipients in a different manner, which sometimes may even come across as patronising.

At Guardian Carers we ensure that our live-in carers are compassionate and kind, but at the same time, treat the care recipient with the respect that they deserve. Our live-in carers will ensure that this is maintained throughout the live-in care placement. Moreover, Guardian Carers has your independence at heart. Our live-in carers are expected to reflect that.

Another important quality of live-in carers is patience. It can be frustrating at times when everyday and easy tasks are taking longer to complete than usual. Therefore it is hugely important that the live-in carer is able to keep their calm and be patient with you in any type of situation. Losing their temper is not something that is acceptable from a live-in carer.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a live-in carer?

Being a live-in carer, as stated above, is not necessarily a role for the faint-hearted. Being a live-in carer requires a strong backbone and determination. The role of a live-in carer can be particularly challenging at times.

Live-in carers are in charge of people’s care, healthcare and well-being, as well as looking after their home. Some of the core responsibilities of a live-in carer may include:

  • Assisting with personal care
  • Looking after teeth, skin, hair and nails
  • Assisting with bathing and dressing
  • Assisting with eating
  • Safely using equipment
  • Assisting with mobility
  • Managing medication
  • Liaising with doctors, nurses and GPs
  • Provide emotional support
  • Recording and reporting to family members

We believe that the ideal live-in carer needs to be a reliable person. Being reliable is paramount in the care industry. As time goes on, the client may need to start relying on the live-in carer for more important tasks, such as home administration, for example.

This can be anything from being expected to run important errands, liaising with contractors or doctors, helping with payments and bills, just to name a few. A live-in carer, depending on the type of household they work in, can even be expected to run a bigger team as they advance in their role.

A live-in carer’s responsibilities are not limited to the care aspect. A great live-in carer will also be expected to perform certain housekeeping tasks. Some of these tasks are:

  • Cooking
  • Preparing light meals, snacks and drinks
  • Dusting
  • Hoovering and mopping
  • Doing the laundry
  • Changing bed sheets
  • Taking the bins out
  • Looking after pets
  • Running errands
  • Doing grocery shopping
  • Booking appointments

Certainly, these tasks can differ from household to household. Nevertheless, a great live-in carer will have to ensure that every duty is completed and are done in the correct manner, and timely fashion.

How can we support you in finding a live-in carer?

A live-in care agency such as Guardian Carers will take the hassle out of resourcing potential live-in carers on your own. Our specialist live-in care consultants will do all the work of finding a live-in carer with the best qualities. All of our live-in carers will have the following:

  • Enhanced DBS check
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in the care industry
  • A minimum of 2 verbal references professionally checked

From the very first call, your expert consultant will guide you through what your options are and what would suit your requirements. Our specialist consultants will put your mind at ease by doing all the work for you. Our consultants are also on hand to help and answer any questions you might have along the way. Even after your live-in carer has settled into your home, our expert consultants will be checking in from time to time in order to ensure that everything is going well.

Our live-in carers will offer you all you need to live an independent and comfortable life in the comfort of your own home. With their professional help, you will be able to focus on what truly brings you joy and happiness and focus on your wellbeing.

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