If you have a naturally caring disposition you may have consider a career caring for the elderly. Residential care home jobs are fairly widely available but if you are the sort of person who prefers to deal with only a few people at once and who likes to work alone you could be better suited to a position providing essential live in care
Most live in care jobs require you to move into your client's spare room and spend most of your time caring for them on a one-to-one (or one-to-two basis if their spouse or companion also requires care). You may need to drive them to and from appointments and activities as well as care for pets.
You will need to be dependable, flexible, friendly and responsible in order to provide the custom service your client or their family are looking for. They have chosen a live in carer over a care home for many reasons, but one of the biggest is that they want bespoke care, tailored to their needs, likes and dislikes.
Never a dull moment
For some clients, choosing a carer who lives with them gives them the freedom to continue to live according to their own rules. It means that they can have a bath whenever they decide they would like one – not when a care home assistant is available. It means they can still attend meetings of clubs and groups they are members of and entertain their friends. As their carer you will be expected to assist them throughout the day – which can mean you’re kept very busy responding to requests!
Not just human care
Whilst some care homes permit smallanimals there are few that will take on larger breeds of dog or several at once. Caring for someone in their own home may mean you will have to look after their animals too so liking pets is a good quality for a home carer to have. Of course, not every position will need you to be a pet nanny but it being prepared to walk dogs, empty litter trays or scrub rabbit hutches will open up more opportunities for you.
There are some people who like working in a team. Who thrive on the team spirit and on supporting each other. But there are others who prefer to work at their own pace and complete tasks in the way they see fit. You will need to be happy to work alone and good at managing your own workload.
End of life
You will need to be prepared to face death. Providing care for a frail, elderly person – whether in a care home or their own home – you will sooner or later have to deal with their passing. You may need to inform the authorities, deal with other professionals and grieving relatives whilst putting your own affairs in order ready to move onto the next client.