Live In Care Industry is Booming

Live In Care Industry is Booming

Thousands of New Jobs Every Year in Home Care

More people choose to work in live-in care every year, with an increase of around 8% per year. Could this be the job for you? We all know someone who needs special care, whether it is an elderly relative, a friend with a disability or a special needs child. Whatever the circumstances, the common factor is the aim to help them to lead as rich, rewarding and independent a life as possible. It is always difficult to balance the desire for independence with the person's safety, mobility and ability to cope with the practicalities of everyday life. Perhaps this is why there is such a surge in those choosing to use a live in care agency to provide loved ones with the support they need so that they can continue to live as independent a life as possible.

A growing industry

Last year, the United Kingdom Home Care Association published a detailed report entitled An Overview of the Domiciliary Care Market in the United Kingdom. This showed that despite a reduction in public funding over recent years, there are more people working in domiciliary care than ever before, approximately 630,000 in 2014/15. There has also been an increase in the number of companies providing home care, with more than 10,000 regulated providers in the UK in 2016. All this suggests that despite the NHS funding crisis, home care is something that more and more people want. Given the ageing population of the UK, it is inevitable that the live in care industry is one that will go from strength to strength. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for those looking for a career as a live in carer. Could this be the perfect step for you to take?

More than just a job

There is no denying that the role of a live in carer is not an easy one. It is important to remember that a carer is not a medically qualified nurse. Some basic medical knowledge and experience is certainly helpful, but is by no means a prerequisite. Personal skills and attributes are far more important, though. The job of the carer might be to help around the house, but the role is also to provide companionship, support and a friendly ear. Looking after the most vulnerable members of the community carries great responsibility, and there can be times when the role can be incredibly demanding, draining and frustrating. However, when it comes down to it, there can be few jobs that are ultimately so rewarding in terms of giving something back to the community and making a genuine difference to somebody's life. It really is a vocation rather than just a job.

How to start

To become a live in carer, you need some experience in the care industry and a suitable qualification in health and social care. But most important, you need patience, compassion and a friendly, outgoing nature. You also need to be good in a crisis, and able to deal with unexpected or emergency situations quickly and calmly. Anyone considering a career as a home carer will also need to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.