Live-in Caregiver Jobs: Popular Questions About Live-in Positions

Live-in senior caregivers are hired to assist seniors with not only their personal care but also their household management.  The term “live-in”, however, is a little misleading as professional senior caregivers do not move in and live with the senior permanently.  Instead, they go to the senior’s house and stay overnight for 2 to 3 nights in a row and then go back to their own home.

Caregiverlist assists senior caregivers to find professional jobs in their area.  While the majority of senior care job positions are for part-time or full-time schedules, some positions do require live-in caregivers.  Seniors who desire to age-in-place in their homes may often

Live-in Caregiver FAQ’s

What is the Live-in Caregiver Job Description?  In addition to assisting the senior with “Activities of Daily Living”, you will assist with household duties such as laundry and maintaining a clean household and managing a shopping list and meal preparation.

What is the Live-in Caregiver Schedule?  A live-in senior caregiver will stay with the senior client for 2 to 3 days at a time and then return to their own home.  The schedule is booked by the day, instead of by the hour.

What is the Live-in Caregiver Pay?  Live-in caregivers are paid a daily stipend rate, which they qualify for as long as they are able to have a few hours of downtime in the evening and sleep at  night.  It is acceptable for the live-in caregiver to need to get up in the night to assist the senior but they are primarily there as extra security for the senior for any nightly needs.  Once a senior has acute care needs and requires a caregiver to be up at night, they will need a night-time caregiver to rotate with a day-time caregiver - this usually only occurs during end-of-life care for seniors who are receiving hospice care.   Live-in care pay ranges from $80 to $180 per day, depending on the level of care needed.  Added benefits are the inclusion of food and any entertainment shared with the client.

What are the advantages of becoming a Live-in Caregiver?  Live-in caregivers have the advantage of earning a week’s pay in a few days of work and not needing to commute back and forth each day to a job location.  In addition, many live-in caregivers enjoy the relationship they build with the client and when matched with the right client, many times the caregiver is paid for companionship as much as for hands-on caregiving duties.

Apply for a Live-in Caregiving job on Caregiverlist and let others know that this can be an attractive job positions for those who no longer have children at home and are looking for a caregiving position that will allow them to manage all the care activities during the day.  As one senior caregiver told me when I owned a senior home care agency, “I wouldn’t be married for 15 years if I weren’t working as a live-in caregiver”.  She had worked as a C.N.A. in her younger years and then became a live-in caregiver as she enjoyed being with the client for a few days in a row and managing the entire show herself as she had years of caregiving experience.

Caring individuals can learn to be a live-in caregiver and be trained by their senior home care agency employer, as long as they are able to pass a criminal background check.  Professional senior caregiver training certification is available in a 10-hour online course.



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