- Become a carer
We’re looking for carers like you
If you want to be part of our dedicated care team, then we’d love to hear from you.
What do you get from us?
A decent living
In return for your hard work, you’ll make a minimum of £550 per week for live-in care. Some of the carers we work with earn as much as £800 per week.
Elder carers are self employed, and we can help you to organise your temporary breaks from placements to fit the schedule that best suits you.
Support you can rely on
If you have any problems, questions or suggestions, you can contact us seven days a week. We’re always on-hand to help you out.
Step one: Online application
We’ll ask you to share evidence of your previous experience, and find out more about why you want to become a live-in carer with Elder. If we like your application, we’ll invite you to the Elder office for an Introduction, and ask you to bring any relevant paperwork too.
Step two: Introduction
You’ll meet with a member of the Elder team in person at one of our locations across the UK, so that we can find out more about your experience and qualifications. This will also be your chance to ask questions and learn what it’s like to be a carer with Elder.
Step three: Background checks
We’ll run background and reference checks to decide whether you’re a good fit for the Elder platform, and check your documents to make sure you have the right to work as a self-employed carer in the UK.
Step four: Joining our Community of Carers
Once you become an Elder carer, you’ll gain access to our platform, allowing you to choose care placements based on your availability, location, skills and experience.
We’re always on the look-out for exceptional, experienced live-in carers.
Live-in carers move into a spare room of the care recipient’s property and live with them as a carer and companion, assisting with everyday tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and personal care.
Elder carers are self-employed, and have the flexibility to choose from placements across the UK that best suit their availability, skills and experience.
Our online application only takes a few minutes, simply fill in your details to get started.
Frequently asked questions
What is live-in care?
Carers are required to live at the property with the care recipient and offer one to one support with their daily needs.
What types of placements does Elder offer?
Elder offers two types of placements:
- Short-term placements last between one to four weeks. On these placements, there will be an end and start date listed, and the carer is expected to remain on the placement for the entire duration.
- Long-term placements are ongoing placements. On these placements, the carer becomes the primary caregiver. The carer can schedule breaks in this ongoing care, by giving two weeks notice.
Where do Elder carers work?
Elder has placements available across the UK, and we will never assign you to a placement. Elder carers have the freedom to choose which placements they attend by viewing then accepting them through our online portal.
Where do Elder carers work?
Elder has placements available across the UK, and we’ll never assign you to a placement without your input. You’ll have the freedom to choose which placements you attend, by viewing then accepting them through our online portal.
Does Elder provide hourly work?
Elder does not provide hourly or shift work, only live-in care. Therefore, as a carer, you’ll always be required to stay overnight at the home of the care recipient.
Does Elder accept male carers?
Yes, Elder works with many clients who require a male carer.
Does Elder take on carers of other nationalities?
Yes, if you’re an experienced carer with clear, fluent English and have the relevant documentation to work in the UK, please apply.
What experience do I need to become an Elder carer?
Elder carers must have one year of professional experience within the live-in care industry and must be happy to provide references and proof of any qualifications.
Do I have to be self-employed to work as a carer with Elder?
All Elder carers are self-employed. This means that you are responsible for your own taxes and National Insurance contributions. For information on being self-employed and registering with the HMRC please click here.
Where can I attend an introduction?
We host Carer Introductions in 12 cities across the UK, and you can select your nearest location once you begin your application.