Live-in care will usually include personal care, (toileting, washing, dressing and preparing the Client for the day), supervision of medication, helping with odd jobs around the house, cleaning, cooking and of course companionship. You may also be asked to take your client to the shops or help support getting them to and from medical or hospital appointments.
Nursing tasks such as wound care, injections, suppositories and the like are not usually services you would undertake; however a nursing professional may provide the training for some nurse-related tasks for a specific Client/Care Seeker.
You will need to be over 18; and have had twelve months previous care experience, dependent upon the environment that you have worked in. Helping a member of your own family is not usually regarded as sufficient experience.
As a live-in carer, you will probably work an average of eight to ten hour day, where you are in contact with the Care Seeker; but you’ll need to be on hand to help the client if needed when you are resting in your bedroom.
You are usually required to work seven days a week.
You should always arrange to have a two-hour break off the premises each day and you’re also never expected to work through the night as well as the day. Should a client need support throughout the night, then the Client or their family would be expected to make arrangements with us or a local care agency for these periods.