What Should I Be Providing For My Live-In Carer?

Elderly couple meeting a live-in carer

When you first engage a Live-in Carer there is certainly a lot to think about and

you may be wondering what your Carer will need.

  • Most importantly, your Live-in Carer will need their own bedroom with a bed and bed linen. There should also be some storage, in the form of a wardrobe or chest of drawers so that your Carer can unpack their belongings. Anything else is a bonus, but things like a television, bedside table, lamp, towels, and a chair if there’s enough room, can help your Live-in Carer feel more comfortable.

  • Food for a Live-in Carer is usually provided by the Client and incorporated in the regular grocery shop. The Live-in Carer will cook for their Client and themselves and a meal for one becomes a meal for two. Shared meals are a lovely way for Client and Carer to bond and your Live-in Carer will be happy to help you with menu planning, writing a shopping list and go shopping with you or assist with online shopping if you prefer to shop in this manner. Your Live-in Carer will take over responsibility for this if you would like them to do so. Sometimes, if you or your Live-in Carer has a special dietary requirement, you may choose to pay your Live-in Carer a food allowance and they would buy their own food rather than you purchase their food for them. A food allowance would usually be between £35-£50 per week and this would be agreed prior to a Live-in Carer commencing work with you.

  • PPE otherwise known as ‘personal protective equipment’ is any item which protects an individual from infection and is used by a Live-in Carer when they are supporting their client with their personal care. PPE includes disposable gloves, plastic aprons and face masks. If you employ a Live-in Carer privately you would be responsible for providing PPE for them and if your Live-in Carer is employed by a managed agency, the agency would be responsible for providing PPE for their Carers.

My name is Jo Pinkney and I am a Client Relationship Consultant at Access Care Live-in Care agency in Hampshire. We are an introductory agency and our fully vetted and expertly trained Carers are self-employed. Self-employed Carers are responsible for providing their own personal protective equipment and will bring this with them when they start working with you.

I am always at the end of the phone and am happy to answer any questions you may have about preparing for your Live-in Carer.

Best wishes,


Client Relationship Consultant