Live in care questions you may not think to ask
There’s a wealth of information available about live in care services, including a live in care agency’s CQC scores, specialist services available like complex care and more.
But we’re often asked questions about the intricacies of live in care. We strive to be as open and transparent as possible, so we thought we’d collate these questions and answer them to help you better understand live in care.
You may also be interested in our post about what questions to ask when choosing a live in care agency.
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, please get in touch. We’d be happy to help.
How many hours a day should a live in carer work?
The benefit of opting for live in care is that your loved one will have someone with them 24-hours a day. But that doesn’t mean that a live in carer works that many hours a day.
While they will always be on hand when needed, live in carers should work a maximum of eight-to-ten hours a day carrying out their key duties such as:
- Helping with household chores and pet care.
- Assist the client with moving around the house or going out and visiting friends and family.
- Providing companionship and emotional support.
And more. You can find out more about what live in care involves here.
How do live in carers get paid?
The fees you pay for live in care includes payment for the carers. To make things as easy as possible, we pay salaries and complete all of the associated national insurance and tax paperwork.
Does a live in carer pay rent?
No, live in carers are not obligated to pay rent, as they are entitled to their own room as part of the service they are providing.
Do live-in carers get days off?
Live in carers will schedule their time around the client and their requirements; however, they are entitled to and should have, breaks every day. This usually comes in the form of two hours each day where they can leave the house if they choose. Overall, breaks should equate to approximately 14 hours every week.
Most live in carers will work six and a half or seven days a week and are entitled to sick leave and holidays. The exact hours of work etc. should be discussed with us to ensure the highest quality of care for your loved one while ensuring the wellbeing of our staff.
Do live-in carers pay for their own food?
Usually, the live in carer’s food is provided by the client. Most often, a carer will eat the same meals as the client. Eating together is a wonderful bonding experience.
If the carer has special dietary requirements, they will be able to pick up food they can eat as part of the regular grocery shopping they do on behalf of the client.
We can talk about this in more depth when putting a care package together. We hope this post has provided clarity over the intricacies of live in care; however, if you have any more questions, our team is here to help.