What is a live-in carer?

August 10, 2023 Live-In Care

What is a live-in carer?

What does it mean to be a live-in carer?

A live-in carer is a professional who provides continuous care and assistance to individuals who require support with daily activities, typically within the individual’s own home. Unlike caregivers who work on a shift basis, live-in carers reside with the person they are caring for. The specific duties of a live-in carer can vary widely based on the individual’s requirements and health condition, but they generally include:

  • Residing with the individual
  • Comprehensive care
  • Adaptability
  • Independence
  • Emotional support
  • Safety and well-being
  • Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Respect for privacy

Being a live-in carer requires patience, compassion, adaptability, and a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need of care. It can be a rewarding and meaningful career for those who are passionate about providing support to individuals in their home.

What does a live-in carer do?

A live-in carer provides comprehensive support and assistance to individuals who require care and supervision within their own home. The responsibilities of a live-in carer can vary, but generally include:

  • Personal care
  • Medication management
  • Meal preparation
  • Mobility support
  • Companionship
  • Housekeeping
  • Medical appointments
  • Safety and supervision
  • Social engagement
  • Documentation
  • Respite for family
  • Emergency response

Overall, a live-in carer’s role is to create a safe, comfortable, and supportive environment. This enables the individual they’re caring for maintain their independence and quality of life while receiving the assistance they need.

When is it time for live-in care?

Full-time in-home caregiving can frequently emerge as the optimal choice for individuals seeking bespoke care. It could be the situation that a cherished family member has been benefiting from home-based care, however, the intermittent daily visits are no longer adequate to cater to their requirements, demanding a higher level of care. On occasion, an individual might have attempted institutional care, yet they struggle to acclimate and find greater contentment in the familiarity of their own abode.

For couples with differing care necessities, the most suitable and economically viable approach to remain together often involves selecting in-home care. If your loved one is in a medical facility, the establishment of care at home might need to be organized. In such instances, the sole viable alternative to a care facility is to coordinate private caregiving provided by a resident carer in the individual’s personal residence.

Finding a live-in carer

In the process of finding a live-in carer, one must exercise diligence, engage in careful research, and maintain open communication. Prioritizing the well-being and comfort of the individual in need of care is paramount. It’s essential to verify that the selected caregiver possesses the necessary qualifications and is wholeheartedly committed to delivering top-notch support.

How can Cavendish Homecare help?

At Cavendish Homecare, we provide specialist live-in care utilising the clinical skills and experience of our Registered Nurses and carers. They provide superior personalised care to suit your individual needs around your home. If you are looking for live-in care, contact us to see how we can assist you.