Carer Salary & Benefits

Are you wondering about how much you can make as a live-in carer in the UK? Perhaps you’re considering becoming a live-in carer, but you want to make sure the career is financially rewarding.

At Lifted Care, we’re here to tell you all about the live-in carer salary so that you can make an informed decision about choosing this kind of work.

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What Is a Live-In Carer?

A live-in carer, also known as a home carer, is a caretaker who helps a person with their basic needs. It involves taking care of disabled, elderly, and sick clients who have difficulty performing day-to-day activities.

A live-in carer works in their clients’ homes. It is the most convenient and best way to provide care. That’s because a caretaker is there throughout the day to help take care of the needs of their clients. For example, if an emergency occurs, a live-in carer can be there to ensure their client can get the help needed.

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What Does a Live-In Carer Do?

A live-in carer has a wide range of duties. A non-medical live-in carer takes care of a person’s basic needs. On the other hand, a home carer with clinical training often does more, including providing medical care.
Here are typical duties of a non-medical live-in carer:

  • Helping with personal hygiene and care such as bathing, dressing, grooming, incontinence, eating, etc.

  • Running errands

  • Grocery shopping, meal planning, preparing meals

  • Light housekeeping such as vacuuming, washing dishes, or taking out the rubbish

  • Mobility assistance

  • Socialising and life-enriching activities

  • Transportation to and from appointments

  • Medication reminders

  • Providing companionship and emotional support

Who Employs a Live-In Carer?

The need to employ a live-in carer depends on an individual’s unique situation. In some cases, a family may directly employ a caregiver. In other cases, a care company will employ a carer to work with a client in the individual’s home. 

Care companies directly recruit, assess, and manage all their carers. Doing so allows the care company to maintain high standards to keep their carers’ training up-to-date and gives them greater control over the care arrangement. If you choose to work with a care company, you’ll have the support of a manager and local office team.

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How Many Hours Does a Live-In Carer Work?

As a live-in carer, you can expect to work an average of 8-to-10-hour days. However, you must be flexible just in case a client needs help outside those hours. 

You’ll often receive a break off the premises, which gives you time to relax and rejuvenate. That is very important as a carer because the job usually requires you to stay in one spot throughout the day. So having a change of scenery can be refreshing.

Usually, you won’t have to work through the night, but this often depends on the care company you work for. If a client needs support throughout the night, there’s usually a carer for a local agency who can help during these hours.

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How Much Does a Live-In Carer Make?

The salary of a live-in carer in the UK depends on many different factors. These factors include:

  • Your experience

  • The hours you work

  • The care company you work for

  • Where you live in the UK

  • The level of support a client requires

On average, a live-in carer can make up to £650 per week before tax and National Insurance deductions. But again, the salary will vary, based on the factors above. 

Working for a care company, you might also receive public and bank holiday pay, statutory sick pay, and a pension scheme.

A Rewarding Career in
Live-In Care

A career as a live-in caregiver isn’t just financially rewarding. So don’t let that be the deciding factor of whether you choose to become a carer. Think about the emotional benefits as well. While you can make a good salary as a carer, you’ll also feel good knowing you’re helping someone. This could include seeing a smile on a client’s face, receiving words of appreciation, or even noticing improvement in a client’s overall wellbeing.

At Lifted Care, we’re a family of carers who aim to make sure clients are happy and receive the best possible care. It’s our mission to help our carers grow and improve so that they can effectively meet the constantly changing needs of our clients.

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