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What Does A Live-in Carer Do?

Within reason, what you need them to do. A Live-in Carers duties are dependent on the physical, social, and emotional needs of his/her client. The primary objective of a Live-in Carer is to enable a person to remain living in their own home with the support they require to do so. From companionship & housekeeping to advanced & end of life care, there is a qualified Live-in Carer for every client. Our job is to find them and introduce them to you. Our quality Live-in Carers know that no one-size fits all and they develop their service to perfectly suit their client and their family, whether working alone or alongside other household staff, domiciliary Carers and other healthcare professionals (e.g. GP, Community Nurses).

Here is a list of the most common duties of a Live-in Carer

  • Shopping (online or trips to the shops)

  • Cooking nutritious homemade meals – Live-in Carers are often qualified in Diet & Nutrition and have the time to really help their client with a diet adapted for their preferences and, if necessary, their health needs.

  • Cleaning – Taking the pressure of the daily chores away from their clients, a Live-in Carer keeps the house tidy and essential work areas clean

  • Laundry - washing and ironing

  • Caring for plants & light gardening - often a lovely activity to be shared between Live-in Carer and client

  • Caring for & walking pets – Many of our Live-in Carers actively seek clients with pets in the home and some even travel with their own dogs. Of course, it is our client’s preference either way.

  • Helping to host & entertain family & friends – A lovely advantage of having a Live-in Carer is that he/she is on hand to help their client entertain family and friends. Whether it be a coffee with a friend or a Sunday roast for the family.

  • Helping with personal correspondence

  • Escorting to special family occasions & supporting throughout

  • Escorting on holiday & supporting as needed whilst away

  • Escorting and encouraging day trips & outings if able

  • Helping to engage with local groups & community events

  • Booking & accompanying to appointments e.g. hairdressers, doctors, hospitals, chiropodists, dentists & opticians

  • Finishing touches – help with makeup application, matching outfits & choosing appropriate outfits for occasions, shaving & personal grooming

  • Getting up & going to bed

  • Mobility Assistance – Including using hoists and other aids

  • Washing, bathing & showering

  • Personal hygiene & continence care – encompassing a total package tailored to meet the individual needs of patients who need some support with their bladder and bowel.

  • Dressing & undressing

  • Oral hygiene & denture care – According to NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) more than half of older adults who live in care homes have tooth decay, compared to 40% of over 75s who live in their own home.

  • Hair & nail care

  • Prompting medication – Live-in Carers are perfectly positioned to help their clients with medication reminders. Of course, they can also pick up prescriptions, request repeat prescriptions, assist with arranging pill boxes/dosette boxes/blister packs.

  • Hearing aids, diabetes & blood pressure monitoring

 

Day-to-day life continues with the help and support of a Live-in Carer. Whether days consist of companionship at home, making the most of the local community, supporting at work or travelling the world.

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