A guide to being a live in carer

This is when a person lives with a client and assists them with their day-to-day needs. In exchange they receive accommodation, meals and wages.

The tasks are varied but can include: Preparing meals; Domestic help; Personal care; Shopping; Medication administration; Support getting out and about; Companionship & emotional support.

Typically our carers work 6-8 weeks and then take a holiday. However this can vary. We ensure that both our client and carer are happy with arrangements.

As a minimum our carers have a single bedroom with space for personal belongings. Often the carer has their own television and internet connection.

In most situations the client and carer eat together however this can vary. The client covers the cost of all reasonable food and drink shopping.

We do! We take care of breaks, holidays, the carers pay, national insurance & tax, training, reviews, and of course we deal with any issues that may arise.

We agree a support plan and average daily hours with each client and carer. We recognise the importance of our care team receiving appropriate breaks.

We ensure that carers have the right skill sets before introducing them to a potential client. In addition we match the personality of carer and client.

Always. Whenever possible we arrange a face-to-face introduction however we regularly use video calls when distance is an issue.

We regularly recruit people from overseas. Of course you must have the relevant permissions to work in England.

This usually only applies if you are providing short term services for the company and qualify for self-employed status.

This is not a requirement in most instances.

This depends on the level of support the carer provides with the client however it is a competitive rate. Live-in carers can earn and save a substantial amount due to the fact that they have no accommodation or food to pay for.

Our clients come from a wide range of backgrounds and their support needs vary greatly. It is rare that our carers do not become fond of the people they support. Most clients live in comfortable homes in good locations.

Yes, there is a management team on call 24 hours a day in case of any emergency. We keep in regular touch with our carer, always ensuring everyone is satisfied.

As a minimum, all our carers have training in first aid, medication administration, health & safety, infection prevention & control, manual handling, customer care, safeguarding, fluid and nutrition. Every team member also has induction training which includes customer service coaching.

  • Having a job that is highly rewarding.
  • Building a friendship with a client and their family
  • Being part of a company that values the work you carry out.
  • Potential for career progression.
  • Living in a new location and enjoying a different environment
  • Typically residing in a lovely home in a desirable area.
  • Financially rewarding with the opportunity to save money.
  • Holidays, tax and national insurance are all taken care of for you.
  • Having fun with the client you are supporting.
  • Call and speak to one of our friendly live-in care advisors who will be very happy to answer questions. T: 020 8004 1603
  • Email us info@homecarepreferred.com or visit homecarepreferred.com

What our team are saying

Areas we provide support include:

Throughtout Hertfordshire & London

Visiting care (from one hour per day)
Arnos Grove
Bounds Green
Bush Hill Park

Grange Park

Palmers Green
Winchmore Hill