Live-in Carer Job Description

If you enjoy helping people and taking care of their basic needs, then a live-in carer may be a great career choice. 

But what does the job entail? And what are the requirements to become a live-in carer?

Find out here.

What Is It Like to Be a Home Carer?

Being a live-in carer is all about caring for people who need it most. The job can be very rewarding if you’re a compassionate person who loves to help people. Aside from financial rewards from working as a home carer, the job also offers emotional rewards. You’ll feel great knowing that you helped someone in need.

What Does a Live-In Carer Do?

What’s the job description for a home carer, you might ask? Being a home carer involves a wide range of duties. These include:

  • Assisting clients with personal care tasks, including grooming, bathing, and other personal hygiene-related tasks

  • Accompanying clients to appointments

  • Monitoring physical and mental wellbeing of clients

  • Preparing healthy meals based on specific dietary needs and personal preferences

  • Finding activities that ensure clients are stimulated and active

  • Offering around-the-clock support

  • Assisting with cleaning and doing everyday household chores

  • Providing incontinence care

  • Helping clients with mobility

  • Monitoring and administering medication

  • Assisting with daily errands

  • Providing companionship and emotional support

Carer out walking

What Does it Take to Become a Live-in Carer?

There are a few things to consider when it comes to the qualifications of a live-in carer. Whilst formal qualifications aren’t required for the job, certifications and training can certainly help you be more successful. Here are qualifications you should consider acquiring before applying for a carer role:

  • Anaemia Awareness

  • Autism Awareness

  • Basic Life Support

  • Catheter Care Training

  • Dementia Awareness

  • Diabetes Awareness

  • Stroke Awareness

You’ll be dealing with clients with different medical conditions, so having certifications can make a massive difference in the quality of your care. 

Beyond these certifications, there are various personal traits you should possess to be a successful carer. The traits include:


While a professional carer role can be rewarding, it can also be stressful. You’ll be dealing with different personalities, which means how you satisfy one client may be different from how you please another. Also, people who need care take longer to complete tasks. Good carers need the patience to deal with anything from a client’s memory lapses to angry outbursts. Having patience means being able to stay calm and avoid frustration.


The chances are that your clients will experience frustration and even sadness. It’s essential to be able to empathise with them and try to understand how they feel. Part of being a carer is offering emotional support when needed. That is what compassion is all about.


When your client’s wellbeing depends on your presence and care, it’s essential always to be there when they need you. This means striving to make every scheduled visit. And if you can’t, trying your best to set up a backup in the event you can’t make it shows dependability.


Integrity means doing the right thing when no one is watching. The carer role is independent, meaning you’re usually on your own, with no supervisor monitoring how you do your job. So having integrity and honesty is essential.


Being professional goes beyond having a clean and neat appearance. It’s also about respecting your clients and setting good boundaries. While it’s good to care about your clients, becoming too emotionally attached can cause problems on the job.

Strong Communication

You’ll be working with clients all the time. This involves having conversations with them and answering their questions. Without good communication skills, it could be challenging to understand a client’s needs.

How Live-In Care Works at Lifted Care

At Lifted Care, we understand that being a good carer is much more than just administering medication and doing chores. We encourage our carers to engage with their clients to provide them with a better quality of life.

We’re also open-minded when it comes to hiring our carers. While having previous experience can be helpful, it’s not a requirement. We’re more than willing to train new carers to help them become the best they can be.

Are you looking to start a new career as a live-in caregiver? Consider Lifted Care. We value our live-in carers as if they were family. Apply to become a carer today.

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