Describe a typical day as a Live in Carer
Hi, I’m Danielle, as a Live in Carer, I live in the customer’s home’s 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. I have my own room and I don’t have to pay rent or housekeeping. My job as a Live in carer has taken me all across England. Currently I’m living in the beautiful countryside of Norfolk and care for a lady who’s just celebrated her 95th birthday! She is living with 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 nutritious 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 and see my family, go on holiday, have additional training or travel around and visit different towns in the UK.
What is the most rewarding part of being a Live in Carer?
I know it’s a cliché but it’s making a real difference to people’s lives; helping them to live independently and not go into a care home. All the people I have cared for have one thing in common – the need for support and companionship and you really do hear the most fascinating stories about people’s lives. 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… andI always know my Care Manager is always on the end of the phone should I need to talk .
What qualities do you think makes a good Live in Carer?
If you are naturally compassionate, patient, kind with vast amounts of empathy then being a Live in carer is the perfect role . You’ll love helping and be passionate about making a difference to the lives of people who most need your support.