How we recruit live-in carers
Applying for a job can be a daunting experience, and we try to make it as relaxed as possible. When we have received your application and think you might be right for us, we will invite you for a cup of coffee and an informal chat so that you can meet our team.
When both parties believe we’ve got a match, we will offer you a job (and hope you accept!). Because social care is regulated, we will then have to do a few checks before we can formalise your appointment. For instance, we will ask you to identify yourself, provide at least two professional references, and declare any previous offences.
If all checks come back satisfactorily, we can give you a hearty ‘welcome to our team!’ and get you started on our (fully paid) Induction course, which teaches you all you need to know to work as a carer and is a great refresher for those already working within social care.
As soon as you have finished the training, you are ready to meet our clients. Of course, we won’t send you out ‘just like that’, we will thoroughly support you until you feel comfortable to get out on your own.
What we look for in our live-in carers
Our ideal live-in carer has an open-minded, optimistic and proactive attitude. They are empathetic, enjoy meeting new people and doing things that make others feel good, and they are good at ‘just making things happen’. Moreover, they are practical and punctual, well organised and feel comfortable making decisions on their own.
There are a few personal characteristics that are important in this role, but a few stand out. Obviously, you will need to have a naturally caring and empathetic personality. As a live-in carer, you are constantly thinking of somebody else’s needs, whether they are physical, emotional or spiritual needs.
Sometimes, you have to look after people under difficult conditions, for example when there are physical complications or emotional strains. You will need to be patient, professional, open minded and respectful towards the people you are caring for (and their families), and you need to be flexible and tolerant and willing to assist with intimate tasks like washing, dressing, and toileting.
A good live-in carer has excellent social and communication skills. You will need to be able to communicate clearly and openly with your clients and their family members, identify and translate potential concerns to your managers, and you may need to liaise with other healthcare professionals involved in the support of your client.
What do you need to be able to work with us?
To be able to work with us, you will need a few things…
The right to live and work in the UK.
A valid driving licence and your own car.
References. We ask all candidates who have been offered a job to provide at least two references.
To complete an enhanced DBS (criminal record) check. We are obliged to check for a criminal record if we offer you a job, but previous offences by no means mean that we cannot employ you. Find out how we recruit people who have a criminal record.
No care experience is required (although it does help!) – we will offer you the training you need to feel confident in your role.