Shocking statistics last year showed that 900 UK carers quit their care home jobs every single day. However, 18% of the UK population is elderly, and that figure is set to rise drastically by 2036. With this in mind, the likelihood is that the need for carers will continue to rise, and the caring industry will continue to grow and thrive as alternative means of care progress. One key area of care that is progressing, providing a much more satisfying and fulfilling job for carers compared to care home jobs, is home care or live-in care. But what is live-in care? Live-in care is where a professional carer provides the best care they possibly can, in a situation where their role has enabled a person to maintain the most independence and happiness possible in their current condition.
However, the very best carers are never eager to settle with their current skills and way of caring, and always want to improve. If you are currently a live-in carer and want to improve your way of providing care, consider these tips from some of the best live-in care agencies to help you be the very best live-in carer you can be:
The best care agencies will provide mandatory training which you will have to attend in order to keep your job as a live-in carer. They may also provide additional training and courses that are there if you need them. External companies will also offer a range of courses and training days to help carers improve their skills. Every opportunity you get to learn more and improve you should take, and even better, looking around for areas of training you could benefit from will stand you in good stead for an informed caring career.
In any romantic relationship, friendship or working relationship you have to remember that every day is a new opportunity to get to know somebody more. Providing companionship is a key part of your role as a live-in carer, so continuing to maintain an interest in your client is so important. If you feel like there’s a need for more things to chat about, consider suggesting new activities your client might like to do. Trying out new recipes, going to see a new film, going somewhere new or reading something together are all great ways to enhance your relationship with your client and give you both something new to talk about.
By helping your client live at home you are providing them with the ability to avoid the trauma of leaving everything behind. You are aiding their independence and you are helping them maintain a life they already love. However, your job is to also help your client be the very best version of themselves they can be. Later life doesn’t mean personal growth has to be hindered, especially not with you around to help. Encouraging exercise, social activities, mental stimulation and activities which promote self worth are all great ways to help your client be the best version of themselves they can be.
Caring is a physically demanding job, so maintaining your physical health is a must. Doing your own stretching, exercising and keeping up a healthy diet and adequate amounts of sleep will ensure you are physically able to do a good job in your caring role and care jobs. Emotional strength is also important and adequate time out, breaks, emotional outlets and relaxation need to be pursued. If you feel you are mentally or physically struggling, you should speak to your supervisor as soon as possible to get some support.
As a live-in carer you will get attached to your clients. You will find that your emotions do get involved and you form a bond. However, if you don’t maintain a professional distance, then you won’t do your best as a carer. Maintaining that distance enables you to make decisions based on logic and experience, without emotions getting in the way.
As a live-in carer, your job is so important and valuable to those you care for. Being your very best is a journey of constant self improvement, adjustment and awareness. Do seek help and support if you need it, and do prioritise your health. The happier and healthier you are, the better a carer you are.