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What do live-in carers do?

A live-in carer is someone who lives in their customer’s home and provides them with round-the-clock care so that they’re always being monitored and supported. Most people who require a live-in carer tend to either be elderly or living with a condition that means they need additional support on a constant basis.

They might be required to help their customer in a wide variety of ways, depending on the condition and circumstances of each individual. For example, some customers might need help with things directly related to a medical condition, such as dementia care or mobility assistance. Customers will also likely need assistance around the home with household chores and personal care.

These private carers also often get asked to help their customers get out and about, which can involve anything from accompanying them to the shops to going on day trips or sometimes even going on holiday. Life as a live-in carer is varied and every day is rewarding in its own unique way.

Entry level healthcare jobs with no experience required

At Helping Hands, we’re always on the lookout for exceptional people to join our care teams. Whilst previous experience as a carer is always great to have, it’s not necessary for becoming a carer with Helping Hands.

The main thing we look for when we’re hiring a new carer is whether they have the natural compassion and empathy that we love, and whether they’re passionate about helping others. Working as a carer means you’ll get to start earning a competitive salary without having to spend time and money gaining qualifications.

Get qualified

Of course, once you’ve started your career in care, there are plenty of new doors that can now be opened in your career. Helping Hands will support you to undertake relevant care qualifications that will help you in your role and enhance your career prospects. Care Qualifications vary in complexity and time scale, with courses lasting anywhere from a few weeks up to several years. We firmly believe in backing our own, and we love seeing our staff acquiring new skills and knowledge that they can apply to their professional and personal lives.

Training and support

When you start as a carer at Helping Hands, we’ll give you all the training you need to be able to offer exceptional support to customers. We’ve been delivering our award-winning training in house for over 30 years, and we’re constantly refining and improving it so that it’s always the very best training programme in the care industry. As well as receiving training, you’ll also get the full support of the wider care team in whatever area you choose to work. Our care teams are tight-knit units who all support one another, so you’ll never be left feeling lonely or isolated as a Helping Hands carer.


There are a number of Health and Social Care qualifications available in the UK, so if you’re interested in becoming more qualified then it’s worth taking the time to research which courses will be most relevant for your desired career path. A qualification can help you to focus more on a certain type of care – you might wish to specialise in elderly care, for example, or dementia care. Qualifications vary in difficulty, with introductory courses starting at level 1 and more advanced, specialist topics being introduced in levels 2 and 3.

Latest carer vacancies

To find out more about our latest job opportunities at Helping Hands, visit the careers page on our website and search for vacancies local to you. And if you’ve got any questions about a career in care, we’d love to hear from you and help you take the first steps to becoming a Helping Hands carer.