Working in a live-in care job – why do people do it?

Working 24/7 in someone’s house, away from your own home can be a big commitment but the rewards are big too. Looking after someone who really appreciates your help, who values the independence that you bring them will be rewarding work. It is common to feel part of the family and make close relationships that last over time. Of course, it is important to be professional and keep a degree of detachment, but you will find that there are some clients that you will become very fond of indeed.

Families of loved ones can also be great, thankful that you are helping to keep their relative independent instead of being sent off to a care home, spending each day with strangers away from home.

Financially too, working as a living in carer is rewarding. Arrangements are often in place where the family or client will pay for your food and you will have no bills whilst being employed at work. Of course, every client is different and different people want different arrangements which should be discussed with you fully before you start work – the important thing is that it needs to be clearly understood by both parties before starting. Most people are quite relaxed about arrangements but do not be too relaxed yourself! – be clear what it is that you want but be prepared to be flexible too-  the customer is always right! More so if you are working in a self-employed capacity – your reputation will make or break you. Word of mouth recommendations and long term stable placements are given to polite, professional, accommodating carers who work to anticipate needs.

So if its so great, why don’t more people do it?

It is a big commitment, being away from home for extended periods of time. Its not for everyone and some people do get homesick. For most though this is not a problem and it suits them to be independent. Having no cost of living bills and saving up a good salary whilst working is a great way to build up money for a variety of reasons. Some people enjoy having their down time away from work, after all, its few jobs that can give you weeks off at a time to enjoy the fruits of your labours. For most though, although money is an important part of why we all work it is not the biggest reward to working as a living in carer – it most sincerely is the simple joy of helping another human being, who has worked hard in their lifetime, have the best possible life they can in their salad years. Enjoy the lesson that they have to depart to you, the small joys and shared smiles that come with victories over the challenges that the day brings. Sharing a life is its own sweet reward.

 

Working 24/7 in someone’s house, away from your own home can be a big commitment but the rewards are big too. Looking after someone who really appreciates your help, who values the independence that you bring them will be rewarding work. It is common to feel part of the family and make close relationships that last over time. Of course, it is important to be professional and keep a degree of detachment, but you will find that there are some clients that you will become very fond of indeed.

Families of loved ones can also be great, thankful that you are helping to keep their relative independent instead of being sent off to a care home, spending each day with strangers away from home.

Financially too, working as a living in carer is rewarding. Arrangements are often in place where the family or client will pay for your food and you will have no bills whilst being employed at work. Of course, every client is different and different people want different arrangements which should be discussed with you fully before you start work – the important thing is that it needs to be clearly understood by both parties before starting. Most people are quite relaxed about arrangements but do not be too relaxed yourself! – be clear what it is that you want but be prepared to be flexible too-  the customer is always right! More so if you are working in a self-employed capacity – your reputation will make or break you. Word of mouth recommendations and long term stable placements are given to polite, professional, accommodating carers who work to anticipate needs.

So if its so great, why don’t more people do it?

It is a big commitment, being away from home for extended periods of time. Its not for everyone and some people do get homesick. For most though this is not a problem and it suits them to be independent. Having no cost of living bills and saving up a good salary whilst working is a great way to build up money for a variety of reasons. Some people enjoy having their down time away from work, after all, its few jobs that can give you weeks off at a time to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. For most though, although money is an important part of why we all work it is not the biggest reward to working as a living in carer – it most sincerely is the simple joy of helping another human being, who has worked hard in their lifetime, have the best possible life they can in their salad years. Enjoy the lesson that they have to depart to you, the small joys and shared smiles that come with victories over the challenges that the day brings. Sharing a life is its own sweet reward.