Meet Danielle, Live-in carer

“I’m naturally caring by nature and like looking after others and find it hugely rewarding to give someone a better quality of life”

Describe a typical day as a Live-in carer

As a Live in Carer, I live in the customer’s home’s 24 hours per day, 7 days per week which is great as I don’t have to pay rent or housekeeping and can save for the future. Currently I’m living in the countryside and work for a lady who’s just celebrated her 95th birthday! She has Dementia and is very frail and needs helps with personal care, washing and dressing. I do all the housekeeping and ensure she has 3 good meals a day. Her favourite meal that I cook for her is Shepherd’s pie!

What hours do you work?

I work 7 days per week and get 2 hours off every day. I also usually have some downtime in the evening as my customer goes to bed very early – however this is all dependent upon who you’re caring for. I currently work for 3 weeks and then take 1 week off either to go on holiday or to travel around and visit different towns in the UK

What is the most rewarding part of being a Live-in carer?

It’s making a real difference to people’s lives; helping them to live independently. What everyone customer has in common is the need for support and companionship – you hear the most fascinating stories. I also love to talk and hope that I bring cheerfulness, good company and conversation to someone who is alone.

What is the hardest part of being a Live in carer?

If a customer has complex care needs – then that can be challenging at times. Occasionally you do feel isolated and naturally miss your friends and family – so it really is important to make the most of your planned time off.

What qualities do you think makes a good Live-in carer?

If you are naturally compassionate, patient, kind with vast amounts of empathy then this is the perfect role for you. You’ll love helping and be passionate about making a difference to the lives of people who most need your support.