Become a carer

Transform someone’s life and work whenever you like. Get started by completing the application form below.

Our online application only takes a few minutes. Enter your details to arrange a quick phone session.

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Care for someone close to your home

Join the UK’s leading introductory live-in care agency and be part of a network that has delivered over 250,000 days of care to people in the place they’re happiest.


Get rewarded with a starting bonus

We’d love for you to join Elder. If you’re new to Elder, we’ll reward you with a starting bonus of £500 after you work with us for 14 days, subject to eligibility. Please apply for more information.

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Earn more on every placement

Our placements pay between £600-£865 per week, with most new placements paying £700 or more, plus double pay on bank holidays.

We’ll cover your travel costs

Get your travel costs paid in full to and from a placement, no matter how far you travel from within the UK.

Get paid a starting bonus

We’ll pay you a starting bonus of £500 after you work with us for 14 days subject to eligibility, please apply for more information.

Work with Elder in three simple steps…


Apply online today

Start by letting us know a few quick details about you in less than ten minutes.


Get to know each other

Pick a time that suits you for a short phone call and fully remote onboarding session.


Access jobs across the UK

Build your profile and choose placements that match your needs, with our full support.


Caring during COVID-19

The current pandemic is causing confusion and concern for everyone. But, as you’re on the front-line, working with some of the people most at risk from the pandemic, it’s likely you have a lot of questions. Read our advice for carers during COVID-19.

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’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.

Is the application process fully remote?

Yes, you can apply to become an Elder carer from wherever you are in the UK and our application process is fully remote.