So you want to be a live-in caregiver, but are struggling to find all the details you need to know? We’re here to help. Live-in caregiving has a few differences to make note of, but many similarities we think you’ll find comforting to know!
A live-in caregiver will often be working with a senior who needs around-the-clock care. For many seniors, it’s a better alternative to nursing home type care, as they get one-on-one attention in the privacy of their own home. Contrary to the title, a live-in caregiver does not normally “live” with their client full-time, but will stay at their residence a few nights a week rotating with other caregivers.
Caregiver certification and training is not mandatory for many states. In some states, live-in caregivers may need to complete at least 10-hours of online courses to meet state certifications. However, caregivers are often able to start working and can complete the live-in caregiver training on-the-job. Requirements to become a live-in caregiver typically involve a high school diploma, clean background check, clean drug screen, and empathy coupled with reliability and dependability.
Live-in caregiving may not be a fit for everyone, but those who do choose it are rockstars in the field. Whether or not you provide live-in care, we couldn’t be more thankful for what the role caregivers play in keeping seniors safe and cared for. You can learn more about live-in caregiving including details on training, pay, contracts, and more in this Beginner’s Guide to Live-In Caregiver Jobs. You can also fill out a job application here and let companies know that you’re looking for live-in opportunities.