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The Private Live-in Care Contract Essentials

by Diana
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The Private Live-in Care Contract Essentials is a contract that will hopefully protect you with your adventure into becoming a Private Live-in Carer. Becoming a Private Live-in Carer is probably the first choice for both the Carer and the Client as both parties decide independently as to whether they are happy with each other and the circumstances. Many experienced Carers choose to do this as they can determine terms and conditions. In order to do this, you will need to find the Client yourself and you will need to interview them and the family and take a look at the home and surroundings ensuring your safety and sanity and that all is being described as it is.

Many prefer to work like this as often the rates received are far higher as are the conditions.

Initially finding your own Clients may be a challenge and quite often the less experienced prefer to have the backing of an agency. However, if you browse the internet and respond to adverts in the Lady Magazine you may find something worthwhile. Most often you will need experience, a DBS, a Driving License, some care qualifications and references.

Of course, most of us have started down the road of finding a relatively good agency and hoped for the best. Each and every agency is different as are the Care Managers that work for them. Some are more empathetic than others.

Should you decide to take on a private client it is a very good idea to have a Private Live-in Care Contract Essentials in place to protect yourself.

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Please note that The Private Live-in Care Contract Essentials is an example contract, you may like to change it slightly to suit your circumstances. This contract has been trialled and slight changes were made and you may find with different circumstances that you need to include or exclude parts of this contract.

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Private Live in Care Contract Essentials

The Client __________________________
The Carer __________________________

Period Rate £ per day

I hereby accept the terms and conditions of this agreement as laid out in pages two, three and four of this document.

On behalf of the

Client Carer Signature __________ ___________

Self Employment

The Carer acknowledges that she is-self employed, and responsible for her own tax and National Insurance.

The Carer confirms that she has Insurance which covers her for:
• Accident to both her and the Client

• Breakages • Medication

Pay Rates

  • Level 1 Support – Light housework, cooking, companionship £100 per day
  • Level 2 Support – Level 1 plus basic personal care £110 per day
  • Level 3 Support – Level 1 plus advanced personal care £122 per day (The above are suggested rates only) The Carer is entitled to a 3 hour, continuous break, each day at a mutual time to be agreed. Usually between 2.00pm and 5 pm. The Carer is also entitled to 8 hours break on Sunday. This is a paid day.

If for any reason the break cannot be taken then, the carer may claim at a rate of £10.00 per hour. A weekly register of this will accompany the carer’s weekly bill.

Working Hours

The Carer should not be on duty before 8.00am and should be off duty by no later than 9.00pm. When the shift is over the Carer will remain within the Client’s home and will be on call.

Carer’s Billing

The Carer will Invoice you on the 8th day for the previous 7 days @ £100 per day; therefore £700.00
per week and this is to be paid immediately via EFT to:

Name of Carer ……………………………………………. Bank Details ……………………………………………….

Should the Client require more intense care then the rate of pay will be re-assessed

Carer’s Bedroom

The Carer will have her own bedroom with key, a comfortable bed, and linens and duvet, storage space for clothes, a comfortable chair, windows that open, bedside light and have her privacy respected.

Car Insurance

The Client should add the Carer to the Clients Car insurance in advance of her arriving to insure convenience to Client and Carer. The Carer must be allowed the use of the Car during her breaks

Confidentiality, Privacy and Dignity

The Carer will respect the Client’s confidentiality, privacy and dignity at all times. The Carer will assist the Client in their home, helping them to remain independent and able to make their own choices. Carers will not discuss the Client with anyone, but doctors, social workers, family members, or on hand over to another Carer.

Travel Costs

The Client is expected to reimburse the Carer’s Incoming travel expenses, up to a maximum of £60.00. The Client is entitled to request receipts for travel.

Bank Holidays Double time will be charged for all Bank Holidays worked.

Night Calls

If the Carer is woken during the night, a charge of £10.00 per call will be levied. A night call will be considered as being time between 10.00pm and 7.30am. Each call shall not exceed 30 mins.

Board and Lodging

The Carer will live with the Client board and lodging free. The client should allow for a sensible healthy diet to include fresh meat, fruit, and vegetables. The Carer will keep records of all purchases, with receipts.

Notice Period

If the booking is cut short or cancelled, for any reason, a two weeks’ fee will be paid to the Carer on cancellation. Should the client give instruction for termination of contract and state date including notice period and at a later date change and bring forward the date. The original date is held and will include the two week notice period.


Should the Carer become mildly ill the Carer will continue with her duties to the best of her abilities but may need a lighter workload for several days. Please treat the Carer kindly. Should the illness be serious then further arrangements may be deemed necessary.

Change Over

Change over shall be from midday to midday on a day agreed with the incoming carer. The Outgoing Carer is expected to give the Incoming Carer at least a one hour hand over.

Protective Clothing

The Client agrees to provide protective clothing, ie. gloves and aprons.


The Carer will keep a daily journal about the Client’s well being, health, bowel movements, visitors, and the day to day running of the house.


Carers are not to use the Client’s telephone without permission unless it is an emergency.


The carer will have access to wifi at all times.


  • Light housework
  • Preparation and cooking of meals
  • Shopping
  • Driving and accompanying the client to Dr’s appointments etc
  • Companionship
  • Monitoring of health, communication and cooperating with Doctors, District Nurses, Health Visitors, Occupational Therapists, and Social Workers
  • Pet care within reason
  • Day to day running of the house
  • Carers are not medically trained and will not dress wounds, cut fingernails and toenails, or give treatments of an invasive nature.

I hope The Private Live-in Contract Essentials provides a basis from which to work from.

If you can think of anything else that should be included or excluded please leave a comment below.

Wishing you all of the best in your care journey.

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