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Private carers can offer an array of support and assistance for someone who is need of care. There are a variety of care workers that can fulfil the role of a full-time or part-time carer, as well as live-in or live-out.


As certain health conditions are continuing to rise in the UK, such as dementia or parkinson’s , the need for private home care is increasing. Particularly with conditions such as this, it is beneficial for the individual to remain in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by their friends or family members, and their possessions. Certain conditions require 24 hour care, which means there is a rise for the need of live-in home carers which will ensure to provide constant support and help.

Hiring a Live-In carer tends to be the most expensive option for a client, considering the carer will be helping them for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But this very popular as it allows the individual to remain in the comfort of their own home, without worrying about going to a retirement residence, and in comparison it is much more affordable. Live-In care is different to other types of care because the wages are provided either by the day or the week. It will improve the quality of life for people and and much greater independence than a care home provider.

However, if you have no previous experience as a carer, it would not be recommended to start your profession with a live-in care role. You will be able to get a live-in care role eventually, but experience is needed. There are a variety of ways you can build up your experience before considering taking on a live-in position. Firstly, you could start doing some volunteering at a charity that specialises in adult or elderly care. This will allow you to become more knowledgeable about the industry. This will expose you to different situations and conditions that you will be dealing with as a full-time, live-in carer. At the same time, you will have staff around to support you who may be more experienced and can learn from. Secondly, you could also build up your experience by registering with a domiciliary care agency and taking courses that will provide you with more detailed, in-depth knowledge of the different conditions and debilitating illnesses.


Regarding health conditions, a nursing carer is also increasing in demand from people. Care can be provided less expensively to them, in comparison to moving into a care residence. A one-on-one personal carer is more likely to achieve better health outcomes for many individuals. There may be experiences where the care worker will need to provide care in coordination with a physician or other health care workers. Certain training, experience and qualifications would be required to handle certain medical conditions or disabilities.For example they may need to check a person’s blood pressure, assess the patient's condition, wound care. Nursing carers will often need to manage and administer prescription medication when the patient will need it. A nursing carer would also be required to check patients for a any muscle weaknesses and if their mobility is deteriorating. At times, it is required from the care worker prepare a care report to give any other medical specialists that are also caring for that individual. This would include identifying the care issues and making any recommendations about changes that could improve the patient's care plan.

If you are extremely passionate about caring and you would like to help others and make a difference in their lives, especially for some of the most vulnerable people. There is known to be a shortage in staff all across the care system, so deciding to take on the role in the industry can make an impact. Particularly with the number of elderly people, it is continuing to rise, which can also correlate to a rise in people with dementia which is expected to double to nearly 1.6 million by the year 2040. Because of this, the health and care industry will be under more pressure and become more demanding.

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