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Live-in carer: salary & benefits

Helping Hands Live-in Carers work in people’s homes across the whole of England & Wales.  The primary role is to ensure that the highest possible standards of care are delivered to a customer within their own home, ensuring the dignity of the customer and promoting independence where possible.

Care is administered in line with an individual care plan; a plan that enables the customer to retain and maintain their independence as much as possible

  • First and foremost, your responsibility is centred on the safety and well-being of the person receiving care. In order to achieve this, you must ensure that all aspects of the care plan are adhered to at all times. This includes accurate reporting in all necessary administrative documentation.
  • You must ensure that lines of communication are maintained with your Live-in Care manager; if they are kept fully informed, they can efficiently and effectively address any developments or necessary changes to the care package.
  • You will ensure that a safe working environment is maintained at all times so that you don’t endanger yourself or others. This will be achieved by working within established Helping Hands policies and procedures, and using the safe practices described during your training.
  • You must always be willing to take on new information. Health care training constantly changes, and it will be your responsibility to keep yourself up to date with any training needs you may have; attending courses and completing training packs as required.
  • Please note that as the role of a Live-in Carer is an unsupervised role, the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 do not apply and we are unable to employ anyone under 18.

Qualifications & training

  • An NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care would be desirable, but is not essential as successful candidates will begin an NVQ 6 months after starting with us.
  • Skills and experience
  • Previous care work experience is desirable, either in a formal setting or an informal environment such as caring for a family member, but this is not essential.   If you don’t have care experience you will need to demonstrate some customer service skills as a basis to build on.
  • You will need excellent communication skills; both verbal and written. One of the most important parts of the role is engaging with the customer; chatting, listening and maybe even helping them with their correspondence so your English language skills need to be first rate.
  • Domestic assistance is an integral part of the job so housekeeping and cooking skills are necessary; having your own vehicle is a necessity as you will be travelling from visit to visit.

Salary & benefits

  • £450 - £550 per week with some variance above and below due to complexity of needs.
  • 28 days holiday (pro rata) per year; you will accrue 2.33 days holiday for every 30 days you work
  • You are entitled to statutory sick pay.
  • National Insurance paperwork is completed by us
  • PAYE Tax is deducted and paid by Helping Hands (If you are not a UK national, you can claim the tax back when you return home)

© Helping Hands [Homecare], a division of Midshires Care Limited 2005 to 2012. All rights reserved. Registered office: Arrow House, 8 Church Street, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5AJ Registered in England and Wales no. 3959933.

Helping Hands is registered and therefore licensed to provide services by the Care Quality Commission (Provided ID: 1-101671690). For more Information visit www.cqc.org.uk.