What tasks can I assign to my live-in carer?

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One of the most common questions which is asked across carer agencies in London and beyond, relates not to experience and cost but to the actual job description of a live-in carer.

Clients frequently want to know more about the tasks that can be assigned to a live-in carer, and how the presence of an individual in their home on a fulltime basis affects the job role and the responsibilities that can be connected with the job.

So, we’ve decided to create an example job description for a live-in carer role in London, identifying the main roles and tasks that carers expect to be given, as well as some insight on what should be given in return.

The typical roles assigned to a live-in carer

If you are seeking the services of a live-in carer, then the chances are that you or someone in your household is in need of care – whether that be as a result of a chronic illness, aging, or another debilitating condition which makes everyday tasks more difficult.

A live-in carer provides care day and night, enabling the individual to live as normal a life as possible – crucially, from the comfort of their own home. Something which is particularly comforting for older individuals and those facing dementia and other related illnesses, being at home is often the best thing for their long term care.

Other tasks can help to encourage independence on the part of the individual in need of care, with a live-in carer able to make everyday tasks and activities more accessible.

What to do with special requests and requirements

This covers a number of different bases, depending on the complexity of the care required and the addition of any other tasks that you wish to add to the carer’s job list.

A carer is typically there, first and foremost, to provide both physical and emotional support to the individual in need of care. By living on site, they are able to provide care around the clock, which is considered by family members to be one of the leading benefits of live-in as opposed to standard day care. Other tasks that are considered normal include basic household chores and activities which facilitate and make life easier for the individual receiving care.

What if I have specialist requirements?

In terms of what a live-in carer expects in return for their services, most clients are encouraged to approach the contract as a standard job – assigning work hours and paid holiday, determining time off, and offering a fair salary as well as accommodation onsite.

Special provisions and circumstances can be taken into account when you first reach out to find and secure a live-in carer, with a professional agency able to match carers with the location, complexity of the care required, and the logistics of each role.

For more information, get in touch with your local agency.

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