Questions frequently asked about live-in care, answered
Live-in care can seem like a daunting prospect when you don’t know anything about it. There is lots to consider and it can feel as though you have a never ending list of questions.
That’s why we’ve put together this FAQ page to help you understand how live-in care works and why it can be a great solution to your care needs.
What does a live in carer do?
A live-in carer will move in to your property and is on hand 24 hours a day to meet all of your care needs around the clock. They can help with personal care, medication, household tasks and complex care. But their role is not restricted to this only.
What doesn’t a live in carer do?
They are not able to assist with tasks that a district nurse would complete such as administering injections or changing dressings on open wounds. They are unable to do any gardening or carry out DIY or other in-house alterations.
Do carers need their own room?
Yes, a carer does require their own bedroom. They require a minimum of a single bed and a door that fully closes to ensure their privacy. It is vital that a carer has a place of their own to relax and sleep when they are not working.
What do I need to provide for a live-in carer?
A live-in carer needs their own bedroom with a minimum of a single bed and a wardrobe or chest of drawers for them to store their belongings whilst they are with you. Other than this your live-in carer will be happy to share all other facilities.
What are carers not allowed to do?
Carers are not permitted to carry out the duties of a district nurse such as changing dressings on open wounds or administering injections. They cannot partake in any gardening, home improvements or DIY.
How long will a carer stay with me?
A live-in carer will stay in your property, on average, for 3-6 weeks at a time. Or a duration that suits you. They will then take a break of 1-2 weeks, in which time a replacement carer will stay. The two of them will then work on a rotation.
When do carers take time off and have breaks?
Every carer is entitled to 14 hours of breaks over the course of a working week, this can be divided in a way that suits you best. Commonly it is split in to two hours each day, or a few afternoons a week.
How do I know we’ll get on?
We ask you about the sort of person you get on well with, noting your interests, hobbies and personality. We then match you up with a compatible carer. You can read about them, see their picture and speak with them before they come to stay to see what you think.
Can I have a male carer?
You can absolutely have a male carer if you would prefer. Taking in to consideration your dignity, any personal elements of care and the sort of person you would like takes priority. We will find you a compatible carer who is your preferred gender.
Can I have a female carer?
You can certainly have a female carer if this is your preference. We consider the nature of your care, and the sort of person you would like. To ensure you maintain your dignity and feel comfortable we can provide your preferred gender of carer.
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We’re available seven days a week to talk you through live-in care and how it can best suit you. Call 03300376958 or request a callback and we will call you.
Page reviewed by Jill Hopcraft, Regional Care Director on July 18, 2019