Live-in Carer Job Description

Considering a role in live-in care? Wondering what it’s like being a live-in carer? Discover the Abbots Care live-in carer job description, uncovering the live-in carer responsibilities, and how live-in care works with us.

What is it like being a home carer? 

” Working as a live-in carer is very rewarding. My normal day to day is just as a care worker would do, personal care and support. It’s great to care for someone in the comfort of their own home and with round the clock care, I still get regular breaks and time off and my own space.”  – Abbots Care, care worker 

Being a live-in carer is a rewarding career to follow. In this role, you’ll provide personal care, help people with day-to-day household chores, and support them with completing errands and other life tasks. But what does a live-in carer do every day? And what is it like being a home carer? Our live-in carer job description provides you with all the insights you need to know before exploring a new career, or before signing up for live-in care services.

What does a live-in carer do?

Ultimately, the role of a live-in carer is to offer dedicated support, day and night – helping to lighten the load of everyday domestic tasks and offer support to remain living independently as possible. At Abbots Care, the typical live-in carer job description includes:

  • Helping people to continue living in their own homes, making them feel safe and comfortable.
  • Being available to offer around-the-clock support.
  • Supporting the service user’s independence and following their person-centred care plan to help them achieve their goals and objectives.
  • Providing care services that may typically be given by family members.
  • Working closely with a team of carers in order to meet the individual’s requirements, including domestic, personal and social needs.

Woman undertaking live-in carer responsibilities

Live-in carer responsibilities

What does a live-in carer do on a day-to-day basis? Ultimately, live-in carers are there to ensure that a person is able to remain living in their own home with 1-2-1 support – in an environment that is clean, comfortable and secure. Some of the live-in carer responsibilities include:

  • Personal care
  • Supporting with public outings and enjoying social activities
  • Domestic support
  • Companionship
  • Mobility assistance
  • Monitoring and overseeing medication
  • Cooking and preparing meals
  • Supporting with daily errands
  • Promoting independence


But the most important job is to spend time with you. Learn more about the live-in carer responsibilities on our jobs page.


How live-in care works at Abbots Care

Our live-in carers are there to support service users and their families – with a better standard of care that is much more personal than residential alternatives. Being a live-in carer is about much more than washing the dishes and administering medication. Our live-in carer responsibilities also involve spending time with your loved ones and being their friend – and that requires a special kind of person.

Some of the characteristics we look for in our live-in carers include (but are not limited to!):

  • A genuinely kind, caring and compassionate nature – someone who truly cares about others
  • Reliability – our service users depend on our carers, so they need to be trustworthy
  • Friendly and conversational – to make loved ones feel safe, and to offer companionship
  • Confidence – If a carer is confident in themselves and their work, they impart a sense of comfort in others, letting them know that they can look after them properly and safely
  • Experience – someone who knows what they’re doing, but who is also willing to learn and develop
  • Respect  – one of the key live-in carer responsibilities is taking care of others, so they must be able to respect other’s decisions, wants and needs


“I didn’t think being a live-in carer would be for me but I truly was wrong. I really enjoy getting to know the service user and can become that someone they can trust and rely on. Seeing the service users smile and comfort with my help each day makes my job so worthwhile and I feel valued!”  Abbots Care, care worker 

What support do you get being a live-in carer?

The primary role of a live-in carer is to offer assistance to our service users. But at Abbots Care, we also believe in looking after our employees. That’s why all of our live-in carers have a dedicated manager who they speak to every week, to receive support and guidance. They’ll talk you through the role, answer any queries and be on-hand to ensure that you are happy. There is always one of our managers available to speak to 24/7, should our live-in carers need any advice.

Do live-in carers get time off?

Due to the nature of the role of a live-in carer, you may be wondering: “do live-in carers get time off?”. Our carers work in flexible shift patterns, meaning they get time off to maintain a healthy work-life balance. For example, many of our live-in carers often choose to work weeks at a time, to allow them a couple of weeks off – this is something that we will discuss and agree with you during the recruitment and induction process. What’s more, every live-in carer is entitled two hours’ time off per day, that they can spend away from the home – ensuring that you obtain the right amount of rest and have time for personal activities.

Do you tick all of these boxes? Now you understand the live-in carer job description, you can start your journey towards being a live-in carer. Discover our careers section and find out how you can join the Abbots Care family.

Alternatively, if you want to find out more about our live-in care services, home care services or respite services, give us a call on 0330 094 5511 to discuss your options, or fill out our enquiry form below.

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