Live-in care is a viable alternative to care home placement for many old people and it attracts the same sort of carers. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of work but for some special people the benefits of having live in care jobs far outweigh the down-sides.
You Get to Know Your Client
Residential care home jobs are structured so that you are responsible for several residesnts throughout your shift. Whilst you may learn that George hates being woken up in the morning and Gladys prefers her tea milky you are unlikely to get to know them quite as intimately as a live-in carer gets to know their clients.
By providing not only care but also companionship and friendship you will soon hear all about their life story and their adventures when they were younger. You’ll get to know their family too and if their family are visiting at home, rather than a home, your client will probably get to see much more of them.
You Don’t Need A Home
Working on a traditional shift pattern you need to maintain your own living space as well as spending your working day caring for others. Live in carers get to combine both by essentially making their client’s home their own for the duration of their contract. It can be a job that appeals to empty nesters who miss having someone around the house and equally it can appeal to younger people who spend their time between contracts travelling or visiting family and friends.
Without the expense of running even a modest apartment you’ll find your pay packet stretches further too – of course it’s up to you whether you spend the extra or save it towards your next adventure.
You’re Still Part Of A Team
It can sound like a lonely job being a live-in carer but although you have a unique place of work you will in fact be part of a much larger team – just like if you were working in a residential care home. Training and personal development is as much a part of being a live-in carer as it is if you live-out. Agencies organise supervision and regional meetings to allow carers to keep in touch with one another and to keep abreast of the latest in best practice in home care. Some providers even offer guesthouses for carers to live in between appointments where they can meet new team members and brush up their skills.
But You’re The Boss Too
If you are capable and decisive then working to someone else’s regime can be hard. A Live-in carer has to be able to run a household – and that includes thinking on your feet and making decisions. Of course you’ll need to work within the natural routine your client wants to set but you will be able to do that with more flexibility than if you are following a strict set of care home rules. And you get continual feedback on what a good job you’re doing.