Live-In & Home Carer Jobs in the South East

A career as a caregiver can be quite rewarding. The idea of being able to help someone or put a smile on their face is enough for anyone to get excited about the job.

Does that sound like you? Do you want to find a job as a live-in carer in the South East? Lifted Care may be the place for you.

Read on to learn what a live-in carer is, what the job is like, and how to start your journey as a carer.

What Does a Live-In Carer Do?

A live-in carer has a wide range of job duties. As you’ll be living in a client’s home, you’ll be there around the clock to help them with whatever they need.

Many clients need someone to look after them because they’re incapable of doing it themselves.

It’s also necessary for some clients to have a live-in carer because they have a certain medical condition that might lead to an emergency. Having someone around to look after the client ensures their safety and overall quality of life.

Senior person in their own kitchen

While every live-in carer experience is different, here’s a general overview of the job duties:

  • Administering medication and providing medication reminders
  • Doing light housework such as washing dishes, laundry, etc.
  • Helping with mobility and getting around the home
  • Providing help with personal care, such as grooming, bathing, and dressing
  • Offering incontinence care (i.e. diapering)
  • Providing transportation to healthcare appointments
  • Planning and preparing meals
  • Supporting with public outings and enjoying social activities
  • Offering around-the-clock support
  • Offering companionship and emotional support
  • Running errands, such as picking up prescriptions or shopping for groceries
  • Providing other medical support (requires additional training)
  • Helping with simple administrative tasks such as paying bills
  • Caring for pets

How Do I Become a Live-In Carer?

Like any other job, there’s a process to becoming a live-in carer. Here’s what that looks like:

Gain relevant experience. When it comes to starting a career as a caregiver, try to gain relevant experience within the field. This will not only help employers see that you’re capable of handling a career as a caregiver, but it’ll also help you become successful at the job. Starting out, try to find a volunteer position as a caregiver. This will help you get a sense of what the job entails. That way, you can increase your experience before committing to a real position.

Consider certifications. You can gain certifications and different areas of expertise to expand your knowledge and experience as a live-in carer. For example, you can get certified, which means you’ll be able to perform certain medical tasks such as checking blood pressure, administering CPR, etc. Gaining knowledge in different areas of expertise can also be helpful. For example, you can specialise in working with people who have dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Create a compelling resume. Build an attractive resume that convinces employers to hire you as a live-in carer. Be sure to mention any relevant experience that you have. It could also be helpful to include certain qualities agencies are looking for in a live-in carer. For example, you could say that you’re reliable, professional, compassionate, trustworthy, or flexible in your resume.

Apply for live-in care jobs. Find different live-in carer jobs that interest you. Consider making a list of them. Then, narrow down that list based on certain preferences such as pay, benefits, location, and qualifications. After finding which live-in care jobs to apply for, complete a compelling application that sets you apart from other applicants. Include why you want to become a live-in carer. Think about any personal experiences you may have that drive your passion for helping people. Write a personalised cover letter and include your resume in your application.

Prepare for your interview. If you get contacted to come in for an interview, get ready to meet your potential employer face-to-face. Practice answering possible questions. Plan what you’ll wear to the interview to make a great first impression. Most importantly, put on a genuine smile so that the interviewee can see how personable and relatable you are.

grandad playing with granddaughter and laughing at home

Why Lifted Care?

So, why should you choose to work with Lifted Care? What makes us different from any other employer? 

We know that being a live-in carer often requires someone who’s independent and can take on tasks on their own. Yet, we still offer our live-in carers continuous support. So, you’re not on your own. If you ever need help, you can always reach out to one of our managers.

Interested in becoming a Lifted carer in the South East? Apply today.

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