The Role of a Live-in Carer
The Role of a Live in Carer’s purpose
- To enable service users to live safely and happily in their own home in the knowledge that there is always a person to call on who will ensure they are protected from harm and can meet their assessed needs.
- To act as part of a larger care team, whose aims are to ensure that the service user’s individual, personal, domestic and social needs are met on a daily basis.
- To provide service users with care that would reasonably be given by members of their own family and not to perform tasks that would normally be undertaken by a trained nurse.
- To cooperate with other live in carers in meeting the personal care needs of service users in their own home in a way that respects and maintains the dignity of the person.
- To help promote independence and choice for the individual service user in line with their written and agreed plan of care.
The Responsibilities of a Live in Carer
- To keep service users safe from harm and meet their assessed needs.
- To deliver care within the service user’s home, carrying out care and other tasks as specified in the individual’s care plan.
- To assist service users with all aspects of personal care; including dressing, undressing, washing, bathing and toileting needs.
- To care for service users with temporary ailments by providing bed nursing, help with feeding, etc.
- To provide palliative care.
- To service users in taking medication.
- To assist service users with mobility problems and other physical disabilities, including incontinence, and help with use of care aids and personal equipment.
- To make and change beds, tidy rooms, do light cleaning and empty commodes.
- To promote mental and physical activity through talking to service users, taking them out, and helping them to engage in activities that they enjoy.
- To read and write reports, and take part in staff meetings and training activities as required.
- To encourage service users to remain as independent as possible.
- To assist service users to reach goals which have been agreed with family members or other appropriate persons.
- To undertake regular supervision and observation sessions and under guidance from management and health care professionals, take actions to enable the person to carry out as much independent self-care and other activities as possible.
- To report any significant changes in the health or circumstances of service users to line managers.
- To be aware of steps to take in line with safeguarding vulnerable adult policies should an allegation of abuse be made to you or if you witness any type of abuse.
- To have an understanding the meaning of Whistleblowing.
- To strictly maintain confidentiality at all times regarding a person’s particulars.
- Where appropriate, under guidance of your line manager, liaise with the person’s relatives, GP and other health care professionals contributing to the care of the person, in order to promote good communication, continuity of care and quality of service.
- To take part in training as required by your line manager to improve personal skills and knowledge.
- To use your own vehicle to travel to the person’s home, to ensure that this is suitably insured and well maintained.
- To comply with the Notaro Live in Care guidelines and policies at all times.
- Promoting anti-discriminatory practice throughout your work and maintain equality and diversity throughout the work force.
- To perform such other duties as may be reasonably required.
Please can you pass on my heartfelt thanks to all the carers who helped look after my mum. The dignity she was afforded and the sensitivity shown towards her was much appreciated. I could not have asked for a better team to have looked after her.