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Training Requirements for Live-in Carers

We started arranging Live-in Carers in 1994. We have come to realise exactly what training would be beneficial and is indeed necessary to be one of the very best Live-in Carers in the country. To register with Access Care as a self-employed Live-in Carer we need to see that you have a certain level of live-in care training. We verify every live-in care training certificate you send to us before we accept it for your registration.


Minimum Training Requirements

As a minimum to register with Access Care we need to see that you have qualifications in:

  • Practical Moving & Handling including Hoists, and Wheelchair safe transfers -

Being a Live-in Carer, it is likely you will have to move or handle people as part of your role at some point. Therefore, it is a very important part of your Live-in Care Training. Often this will involve the use of specialist equipment such as sliding aids, hoists, slings, and handling belts. It is important that during your Live-in care training you learn to carry out moving and handling activities safely and correctly to prevent the risk of injuries to yourself or others.

  • Practical First Aid with CPR & Do Not Resuscitate Orders –

When being a Live-in Carer, it is important that you have completed Live-in care training in Practical First Aid including CPR & Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders. The elderly and infirm are more prone to accidents and illnesses meaning this is a vital part of your Live-in care training. This can ensure that Emergency First Aid is given to your client swiftly. This Live-in care training can prevent emergency situations becoming major issues whilst giving the best possible care to you client.

  • Safeguarding People from Abuse -

Live-in care training specifically requires Safeguarding, it goes without saying most of our clients requiring Live-in care are vulnerable which means protecting their right to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect is important. Any form of abuse or neglect is unacceptable and never justifiable, no matter what reason may be given for it, Live-in care training will help you understand this and know exactly what it is you need to look for.

  • Medication Assistance -

Many people who have Live-in care require medications to treat or manage a variety of medical conditions or of course to support their wellbeing. Therefore, Medication Assistance Training is an important part of your Live-in care Training. Understanding key information relating to medications helps ensure they are managed, stored, and that correct assistance is given. 


Additional Training Qualifications

Lots of our Live-in Carers have many more qualifications and Training, some have a combination of, or all the following:

  • Being a Live-in Carer & Understanding the Role

  • Person Centred Care & Infection Control - Health & Safety

  • Personal Care/Advanced Personal Care Incl. Catheter, Stoma, PEG feeds

  • Hygiene & Nutrition

  • Understanding Alzheimer’s & Dementia

  • Mental Capacity & Power of Attorney

  • End of Life Care & Palliative Care Techniques

  • Diabetes

  • Brain Injury Care Techniques

  • Neurological Conditions Awareness including Stroke, MS & Parkinson’s care


Many Live-in Carers also have NVQs in Health and Social Care, expert live-in care training in specialist conditions and/or professional RGN qualifications/training. We will spend time talking to you about your levels of experience and live-in care training. This is to ensure we have all the information we need to enable us to match you with the right client.

Keeping your training up to date

We ask that all our registered carers update their live-in care training regularly. If the live-in care training certificate you present us with has an expiry date on it, we would ask that you refresh this before it expires. If the live-in care training certificate you have presented to us does not have an expiry date mentioned on it, as a company we would ask that you refresh it every 2 years. Don’t worry we know it can be difficult to remember things with all the hard work you are doing, so one of the team will be sure to remind you so you can be organised with your live-in care training.

Updating your training regularly is ensuring you are up to date with the latest legislations, up to date and trained with the correct ways of working and it is helping you be the best you can be!

Remember, there are lots of good Live-in Carers, make yourself stand out as a GREAT Live-in Carer.

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