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Live-in Care Jobs2018-09-17T11:45:35+00:00

Live-in Care Jobs with Christies Care

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Established in 1987, Christies Care is a family owned and run live-in care agency which has grown to be one of the largest providers of 24 hour, 7 day a week care in the UK.

We are one of only three live-in care agencies to be rated Outstanding by our regulator (CQC), thanks to the extremely high quality of the live-in carers we recruit and the excellent, award-winning and free training they undertake.

We are looking for caring, hard-working individuals to train to be Christies Carers. Being a live-in carer is not just a job, it’s one of the most emotionally-rewarding careers you could hope to have.

Our live-in carers earn between £500 and £650 per week with free room & board.

What is a Live-in Carer?

As a live-in carer, you’ll live with your client, giving them as much help and care as they need while enabling them to live as independently as possible.

If your client needs help with cooking and cleaning the house, you’ll help; if they need help moving, you’ll help; if they need help with medication, you’ll help; if they need help washing or going to the toilet, you’ll help; and if they want to go for a walk, but are nervous of falling, you’ll be there to offer an arm.

Most importantly, as a live-in carer, you are there to offer your client companionship, so they have stimulation, someone to talk to, someone to play cards with, or just the knowledge that there is someone else there.

We know that this job sounds tough, but it is so rewarding. And we thoroughly assess our clients, the tasks they want their carers to carry out, living conditions and the carer’s break times. This assessment makes sure that the workload and conditions are suitable for a live-in carer. We are quite strict about this – we know that if a carer has good working conditions, they can do a better job.

Why not connect & chat with Christies Care’s live-in carers on our carer’s facebook page

What is Live-in Care?

Everybody should be able to stay in his or her own home, forever. Nobody should be forced out of their home, just because they have a disability or an illness.

At Christies Care we provide a live-in home carer who helps their client to stay in their own home, for as long as they want. The carer helps their client to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. Essentially, a live-in carer enables someone to have the independence and life they deserve, whatever their circumstance.

In a recent survey, 97% of adults in the UK don’t want to go to a care home. If you become a live-in carer, you will be helping someone stay in their own home.

“I would like to say thank you to Christies Care for giving me the opportunity to work as a live-in Carer. The experience has been so rewarding, teaching me various skills and aspects of life.

I particularly thank the Green Support Team and the great Booking Coordinators. Special thanks to all the Trainers and well done for all the awards you achieved you truly deserve them.”

Ndana Makaza , A Christies Carer
“My Mother was so pleased with all that Christies Care did to enable her to spend another 3 years at home, enjoying all her friendships with the companionship of her carers.

We are all so grateful for the hugely professional and thoughtful overall organisation of Christies Care. We will recommend you every time! All good wishes and heartfelt thanks to you all.”

Daughter of a client, April 2015

Being a live-in home carer can be a challenging and unpredictable job, but it is also an extremely rewarding position. Every day, when you care for someone, you will be making a huge difference to that person and their family; and sharing some extraordinary moments.

A live-in home carer can come from any background, with any experience. Our carers have been secretaries, bank managers, mothers, nurses, soldiers and teachers. Some were carers for hourly-care agencies or care homes who wanted the time to be able to care for people properly; some have no professional experience at all.

We will give you all the training you need to do a great job, all we ask is that you are a caring, hard-working, patient, flexible person, who will use your initiative to make your clients happy.

Why a Live-in Care Job with Christies Care?

We offer our live-in carers a unique combination of financial commitment, size, flexibility and training. No other agency does as much as us to help its carers. We sort everything out before you get here.

  • We give you a free two week induction training course. We also have a guest-house where you can stay for free while receiving your training.

  • We support you thoroughly in your job, especially over your first few weeks.

  • We guarantee your earnings. Terms and conditions apply.

  • We have a room for you if things go wrong.

  • We have clients all over the UK, including the Channel Islands.

  • We give you advanced training if you want to concentrate on a certain client type.

95%

In our most recent survey, 19 out of 20 carers said that they would recommend a job as a Christies Care live-in carer to a friend.

54%

In fact 54% of our current live-in carers came to us through a recommendation from a friend!

“It’s been a pleasure to work for Christies these past 15 years.

I’ve met many people from all walks of life … shared many interesting tales and learnt a great deal from them.

The U.K. Is a wonderful country, and how fortunate have I been to visit so many different counties while working.

Thank you once again for affording me the wonderful opportunity of caring for others.”

D. Hayes, live-in carer

More about our Live-in Care Jobs

FAQs

What is live-in care work?2018-09-14T10:03:03+00:00

Live-in care is rewarding and valuable work.

You will live with your client in their home, making sure they are clean and warm, safe, comfortable, well fed and happy. Your tasks will include companionship, cooking, housekeeping and personal care including washing and dressing.

We will give you intensive training to help you do this and someone is on call to help you at all times

How old do I have to be?2018-09-14T10:02:51+00:00

You have to be at least 18 due to the nature of this type of work and to adhere to the Working Time Directives. Other than that, we do not have any age restrictions.

What experience do I need?2018-09-14T10:02:45+00:00

You don’t need any formal caring experience. As long as you have a caring personality, we will give you the training to do the tasks your clients ask you to do.

Our comprehensive, 2 week induction training course will tell you everything you need to know about medication, continence, safe people moving and other caring tasks.

However, you do need to be a competent housekeeper, so must be able to undertake usual household tasks, such as cleaning and cooking.

Do I need to have a driving licence?2018-09-14T10:02:35+00:00

No, it is not essential, but it is extremely useful. Carers who can drive are more useful to their clients, and will get a wider choice of client.

If you do drive, we recommend you have a British licence, an EU driving licence, or an international driving licence – otherwise there may be difficulties with insurance.

Read this post on our main website for more information.

I’m from overseas – can you help?2018-09-14T10:01:48+00:00

Initially we would require a work commitment period from you of around 10 -12 weeks. This is so we can establish you with suitable clients that you are happy with and who are happy with you. Following that, you can have a flexible pattern of work, to suit your lifestyle.

  • SW, for example, lives in Spain and travels to her client every 3 weeks. She works for 3 weeks at a time then has 3 weeks off back home.
  • PS, who comes from South Africa, works for 3 months at a time, takes the 4th month off as holiday to see her family in the UK. She then spends 2 months a year back in SA. Sometimes she has longer back in SA – it all depends on her family circumstances.
  • KW, who comes from Poland, works for 3 months, then has a month or two back at home, then goes back to work.
What is the interview process?2018-09-14T10:01:23+00:00

The interview and induction process covers 9 steps.

  1. Complete a pre-application form.
  2. If we have suitable vacancies, we’ll send you a link to our full application form.
  3. An initial telephone interview. If you are not in the UK, our local representative might carry out this interview.
  4. If you are not in the UK, you will need a police check, to tell us if you have any criminal record.
  5. As soon as we have received sufficient references and a police check, we book you onto the induction training course.
  6. Induction training. You’ll meet the booking team (who match you to your clients) and your carer support team.
  7. Because you will be working with vulnerable adults we do a DBS and ISA check.
  8. You are offered your first job.
  9. We’ll call and visit, to see that you are coping OK with the work, to answer your questions and to generally support you.
Where can I stay?2018-09-14T10:00:46+00:00

When you are working, you will be staying in your client’s house. You will have your own bedroom, with a TV and in most cases, an internet connection. You will be eating with your client. You will not be paying for your lodging or food.

When you are not working, we have a subsidised guest-house at our head office in Saxmundham. It is cheaper than any surrounding B&B or hotel. Many carers stay there when they want a few days or a week off.

You will stay in the guesthouse during your induction training, along with other carers being trained at the same time – so you will have plenty of people to meet and get to know. Many carers stay in touch with people they did their training with, and meet year after year at their update training.

Will I have lots of clients?2018-09-14T10:00:09+00:00

It is up to you. In your first few weeks, you are likely to work for a number of clients. This will give you an idea of the range of clients and personalities available for you to work for. Then you and your clients can decide if you want to be a regular carer with them or not.

Most carers like to settle down with a few favourite clients. But some like to travel and meet new people, in new areas. We support good carers in doing whatever they want to do.

Am I going to be an employee or self-employed?2018-09-14T09:59:58+00:00

Most of Christies Care’s clients pay their carers on a self-employed basis. We will help you register as self-employed with the authorities. This means that you are responsible for paying your own income tax and national insurance. Paying and working out tax and NI is not difficult, and the online self-assessment forms are straightforward.

With some of our clients, we employ the carers. In this case, we pay you by bank transfer, and remove the income tax and NI at source. This doesn’t make any difference to the total amount of tax you will pay in a year. So whether you are employed or self-employed, you should be earning a similar amount of money for similar levels of work.

What support do I get?2018-09-14T09:59:49+00:00

We know that being a live-in carer can be a stressful job so we give you support and advice wherever possible.

On your first day, when you arrive at our training centre in Saxmundham, you will be introduced to your Carer Support Team. These are the people who will ring you when you are at work to see how you are and to see if you are happy with your client.

Most importantly, the carer support team are there for you to ring them. They are there to give you help and advice, whatever the question, no matter how trivial.

The carer support team is also there when things go seriously wrong. For example, if you have a family emergency, they’ll do as much as possible to help you get back to your family as fast as possible.

You’ll also meet our Booking Co-ordinators who match carers to their clients and are always on hand to give advice when needed to ensure that everything is going smoothly.

Most of the bookings and carer support team work Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm, but if you have an emergency, we always have someone on call. Our on-call telephone is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Also, if you want to talk to someone face to face, we have a team of Local Area Advisors, who can come and visit, offering help and advice.

How will I be paid?2018-09-14T09:59:07+00:00

You will be paid weekly, by cheque or bank transfer. If you don’t have a UK bank account, we will help you open one.

How much will I earn?2018-09-14T09:59:33+00:00

When we meet new clients for the first time, or if their situation changes (e.g. their care needs increase), we suggest a suitable fee for their carer. This depends on the individual needs of your client. You will always be told the suggested fee before you start work.

The amount you earn will depend on how many weeks you want to work. If you work for 46 weeks out of the 52 in a year, you will earn about £21,000, as the weekly fees clients pay you are between £500 and £650. Remember, you get free board and lodging, so you have almost no expenses – you can keep almost all of your earnings. In most cases you will be repaid your UK travel costs.

Clients who want a carer mainly for companionship pay towards the lower end of the scale. Clients who need a large amount of personal care pay towards the higher end of the scale.

What is live-in care work?2018-09-14T10:03:03+00:00

Live-in care is rewarding and valuable work.

You will live with your client in their home, making sure they are clean and warm, safe, comfortable, well fed and happy. Your tasks will include companionship, cooking, housekeeping and personal care including washing and dressing.

We will give you intensive training to help you do this and someone is on call to help you at all times

How old do I have to be?2018-09-14T10:02:51+00:00

You have to be at least 18 due to the nature of this type of work and to adhere to the Working Time Directives. Other than that, we do not have any age restrictions.

What experience do I need?2018-09-14T10:02:45+00:00

You don’t need any formal caring experience. As long as you have a caring personality, we will give you the training to do the tasks your clients ask you to do.

Our comprehensive, 2 week induction training course will tell you everything you need to know about medication, continence, safe people moving and other caring tasks.

However, you do need to be a competent housekeeper, so must be able to undertake usual household tasks, such as cleaning and cooking.

Do I need to have a driving licence?2018-09-14T10:02:35+00:00

No, it is not essential, but it is extremely useful. Carers who can drive are more useful to their clients, and will get a wider choice of client.

If you do drive, we recommend you have a British licence, an EU driving licence, or an international driving licence – otherwise there may be difficulties with insurance.

Read this post on our main website for more information.

I’m from overseas – can you help?2018-09-14T10:01:48+00:00

Initially we would require a work commitment period from you of around 10 -12 weeks. This is so we can establish you with suitable clients that you are happy with and who are happy with you. Following that, you can have a flexible pattern of work, to suit your lifestyle.

  • SW, for example, lives in Spain and travels to her client every 3 weeks. She works for 3 weeks at a time then has 3 weeks off back home.
  • PS, who comes from South Africa, works for 3 months at a time, takes the 4th month off as holiday to see her family in the UK. She then spends 2 months a year back in SA. Sometimes she has longer back in SA – it all depends on her family circumstances.
  • KW, who comes from Poland, works for 3 months, then has a month or two back at home, then goes back to work.
What is the interview process?2018-09-14T10:01:23+00:00

The interview and induction process covers 9 steps.

  1. Complete a pre-application form.
  2. If we have suitable vacancies, we’ll send you a link to our full application form.
  3. An initial telephone interview. If you are not in the UK, our local representative might carry out this interview.
  4. If you are not in the UK, you will need a police check, to tell us if you have any criminal record.
  5. As soon as we have received sufficient references and a police check, we book you onto the induction training course.
  6. Induction training. You’ll meet the booking team (who match you to your clients) and your carer support team.
  7. Because you will be working with vulnerable adults we do a DBS and ISA check.
  8. You are offered your first job.
  9. We’ll call and visit, to see that you are coping OK with the work, to answer your questions and to generally support you.
Where can I stay?2018-09-14T10:00:46+00:00

When you are working, you will be staying in your client’s house. You will have your own bedroom, with a TV and in most cases, an internet connection. You will be eating with your client. You will not be paying for your lodging or food.

When you are not working, we have a subsidised guest-house at our head office in Saxmundham. It is cheaper than any surrounding B&B or hotel. Many carers stay there when they want a few days or a week off.

You will stay in the guesthouse during your induction training, along with other carers being trained at the same time – so you will have plenty of people to meet and get to know. Many carers stay in touch with people they did their training with, and meet year after year at their update training.

Will I have lots of clients?2018-09-14T10:00:09+00:00

It is up to you. In your first few weeks, you are likely to work for a number of clients. This will give you an idea of the range of clients and personalities available for you to work for. Then you and your clients can decide if you want to be a regular carer with them or not.

Most carers like to settle down with a few favourite clients. But some like to travel and meet new people, in new areas. We support good carers in doing whatever they want to do.

Am I going to be an employee or self-employed?2018-09-14T09:59:58+00:00

Most of Christies Care’s clients pay their carers on a self-employed basis. We will help you register as self-employed with the authorities. This means that you are responsible for paying your own income tax and national insurance. Paying and working out tax and NI is not difficult, and the online self-assessment forms are straightforward.

With some of our clients, we employ the carers. In this case, we pay you by bank transfer, and remove the income tax and NI at source. This doesn’t make any difference to the total amount of tax you will pay in a year. So whether you are employed or self-employed, you should be earning a similar amount of money for similar levels of work.

What support do I get?2018-09-14T09:59:49+00:00

We know that being a live-in carer can be a stressful job so we give you support and advice wherever possible.

On your first day, when you arrive at our training centre in Saxmundham, you will be introduced to your Carer Support Team. These are the people who will ring you when you are at work to see how you are and to see if you are happy with your client.

Most importantly, the carer support team are there for you to ring them. They are there to give you help and advice, whatever the question, no matter how trivial.

The carer support team is also there when things go seriously wrong. For example, if you have a family emergency, they’ll do as much as possible to help you get back to your family as fast as possible.

You’ll also meet our Booking Co-ordinators who match carers to their clients and are always on hand to give advice when needed to ensure that everything is going smoothly.

Most of the bookings and carer support team work Mon – Fri, 9am to 5pm, but if you have an emergency, we always have someone on call. Our on-call telephone is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Also, if you want to talk to someone face to face, we have a team of Local Area Advisors, who can come and visit, offering help and advice.

How will I be paid?2018-09-14T09:59:07+00:00

You will be paid weekly, by cheque or bank transfer. If you don’t have a UK bank account, we will help you open one.

How much will I earn?2018-09-14T09:59:33+00:00

When we meet new clients for the first time, or if their situation changes (e.g. their care needs increase), we suggest a suitable fee for their carer. This depends on the individual needs of your client. You will always be told the suggested fee before you start work.

The amount you earn will depend on how many weeks you want to work. If you work for 46 weeks out of the 52 in a year, you will earn about £21,000, as the weekly fees clients pay you are between £500 and £650. Remember, you get free board and lodging, so you have almost no expenses – you can keep almost all of your earnings. In most cases you will be repaid your UK travel costs.

Clients who want a carer mainly for companionship pay towards the lower end of the scale. Clients who need a large amount of personal care pay towards the higher end of the scale.

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