Live-in care is a permanent home care solution where you as a Care Worker are required to live with the client in their own home seven days a week and although you will have breaks you are responsible for the Client’s health and wellbeing the rest of the time.
The service allows people to stay at home in familiar, relaxed surroundings, supported by a full-time live-in Care Worker who undertakes all the duties detailed in an individual care plan.
Many Care Workers enjoy this one-to-one home care service as it allows them to concentrate on one person at a time. Unlike other care environments, live-in carers have the time to build a relationship and maintain a high standard of care.
Whilst it is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding jobs you can have, it can also be challenging and comes with a certain amount of personal responsibility.
It takes a special kind of person to be a live-in carer. A good carer is someone who truly cares about others and is not just earning a living. This is a special job, and it needs special people to do it.
Our live in Care Workers work on a split shift basis which allows for a 2 or 4 hour break each day in the afternoon, depending on the needs of the individual. When you have time off it’s great to concentrate on hobbies like going to the gym, cinema or a bit of shopping.
Whilst it is advantageous for our Care Workers to be able to drive, it’s not necessary to have your own car. The ability to drive offers flexibility on a number of levels; it gives us greater flexibility in the care packages that we can offer you.
If you’d like to work in a more remote, rural placement, then that is much easier if you can drive and have a car. It also gives you the flexibility to get out and about with your client if their condition allows. If the client still has a car, we often suggest that our Care Worker be added to the family insurance policy.
Matching Our Customers with Our Live-In Carers
At Blue Ribbon we put a lot of effort into our matching process; we try to match on the basis of personality, location and experience. Experience is a big determining factor when matching a customer and carer. Certain care packages and conditions will require more experience than others; we never put our carers into situations they are not equipped to handle.
Some of our carers prefer to work in city environments, others prefer the countryside. Some like to be close to home and others prefer to see different parts of the country. We try to accommodate everyone’s preference, but we do ask for some flexibility.
Whilst it is advantageous for our Care Workers to be able to drive, it’s not necessary to have your own car. The ability to drive offers flexibility on a number of levels; it gives us greater flexibility in the care packages that we can offer you. If you’d like to work in a more remote, rural placement, then that is more feasible if you have a car. It also enables you to get out and about with your customer if their condition allows. If the customer still has a car, we often suggest that our carer be added to the family insurance policy.
When a Care Worker first starts with Blue Ribbon, they will shadow a more experienced Care Worker for a short period. This could be six hours if the care package is quite straightforward, or up to 24 hours if it’s more complex. Support is something our Care Workers are never short of; as well as a Care Manager; there is always someone on call to offer help, support or advice.
When a new Care Worker goes in to replace an existing carer, we insist on a fully detailed handover. Whether acting as holiday cover or as a permanent replacement, this principle remains. This protects our carers (and our customers) from the unexpected. The new Care Worker will be fully briefed on all aspects of the care plan, including routines, medications, preferred meals and any other important information.
What Does the Job of a Live-In Care Worker Involve?
Living in the Client’s home, you’ll be there to offer help with personal care, medicines support, mobility, and keeping on top of household chores like cooking, cleaning, laundry and shopping. However, your most important job is to spend quality time with the customer as a companion, keeping them company, getting to know them and empowering them.
Experience of caring for people is preferred when taking on the role of a Live-In Care Worker but is not essential. A compassionate nature, good communication skills and a professional approach are all essential attributes.
Before being appointed, all our Live-In Care Workers will be subject to references and an enhanced DBS check. Applicants must have the right to work in the EU as we are unable to provide sponsorship or assistance.
Find out more or apply to become a live-in carer today. We’re here to answer your questions. Contact us today.