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Live-in housekeeper services – what you need to know

Quick summary

  • A live-in housekeeper can help with day-to-day tasks such as cleaning, doing the laundry, cooking and running errands.
  • A live-in housekeeper can be a great help for those who require full-time help around the house.
  • A live-in housekeeper, in many respects, is similar to a live-in carer. A live-in carer also performs a range of care duties such as helping with getting dresses and making sure medication is taken on time.

A live-in housekeeper can be a great option for people who require full-time help around the house. From helping with things such as cleaning, vacuuming and laundry to assisting with the weekly shop and helping out with preparing meals, a live-in housekeeper can be a great help.

The purpose of a live-in housekeeper is to support you or your loved one throughout the day with various day-to-day tasks. These can vary from cleaning to cooking, whatever fits best with your individual needs.

While similar in some respect, a live-in housekeeper is a different service to live-in care. Elder live-in carers not only provide various housekeeping services, as a professional housekeeper would –cooking, cleaning, and helping with laundry and arranging the shopping. 

They also perform a range of care duties for you or your loved one – such as helping to get up and dressed, supporting you with toileting and reminding you about what medication needs to be taken when.

In any instance of live-in home help, the most important factor is that it allows people to stay in their own home, retain a certain level of independence and feel happy and comfortable in their own abilities and circumstances.

A home is a great source of pride for many people, which is why we want to help you stay there.

Duties of a live-in housekeeper

Cleaning services

One of the main duties of a live-in housekeeper is to ensure the home is kept tidy and clean, in line with the requirements of you and your loved one. This includes day-to-day tasks like washing the dishes, vacuuming and dusting.

It can also include larger scale cleaning duties, such as cleaning the bathroom and doing a deep clean. The exact cleaning tasks will be for you and your housekeeper to decide.


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A live-in housekeeper can help with running errands such as doing the food shop or going to the post office for you.


A live-in housekeeper will be able to assist with any laundry needs, if this is something you require. Some people may prefer to do their own laundry, but a housekeeper can always assist. They can also help with ironing and any extra washing tasks.

Cooking and preparing meals

A live-in housekeeper will be able to discuss dietary requirements or preferences when it comes to meals and will be able to prepare nutritious and tasty meals and snacks to your liking.

Pet care

In addition to caring for your home, a live-in housekeeper can help with pet care – from walking your dog to ensuring your pets are fed, happy and clean.

Often, accepting help when it comes to household tasks is the first step to accepting assistance in other areas. The wellbeing of yourself or your loved one is of the utmost priority. A  live-in housekeeper may not offer as much support as is needed.

At this point, live-in care may become a natural next step. In the same manner, a live-in carer allows people the comfort and independence which comes with staying in your home.

Duties of a live-in carer

Housekeeping services

A live-in carer will perform all housekeeping duties as discussed above. They’ll take care of any and all cleaning needs from deep cleaning to day-to-day maintenance, such as washing the dishes.

They can also do the laundry, prepare and cook meals, and also assist with pet care. Any housekeeping services can be tailored to your own specific needs and requirements to ensure your home is kept exactly how you like it.

Shopping and running errands

Both live-in carers and housekeepers can assist with the weekly food shop, or any other kind of shopping – as well as various errands such as taking a trip to the post-office.


A natural next step

A live-in carer will perform the same duties as a live-in housekeeper and can become the natural next step when further elderly care duties are required.

Specialist care

For those living with conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s, or recovering from a stroke there are a variety of specialist live-in care options which are tailored to your individual needs. Live-in care provides the opportunity for complex and specialist home care to take place in the comfort of your own home. Specialist professionals with expertise in the specific area, such as dementia care, can help to facilitate treatment plans and care for various types of complex conditions.


One of the most important things we find is that live-in care offers a great source of companionship for the elderly. Loneliness is a huge problem for many older people. Research has shown it can be as harmful to the body as smoking 12 cigarettes a day.

What’s more, it’s an issue often hidden behind a stigma – people find it difficult to open up about being lonely.

Live-in care provides an excellent source of companionship and provides comfort for family in the knowledge that somebody is always there for their loved one, in every respect.

Personal hygiene care

Live-in carers are trained and experienced in various aspects of personal hygiene care. It’s important that hygiene be kept a priority as maintaining good hygiene helps to keep us healthy and avoids the onset of any infections or skin issues.

While the topic of personal care can be sensitive, a live-in carer is fully trained to assist with it taking any pressure off the family – supporting both practically and emotionally.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a live-in housekeeper in the UK?

The cost of a live-in housekeeper will likely vary based on a number of factors, such as your requirements and the company or individual performing the housekeeping services.

What is a live-in maid?

A live-in maid is someone who takes up permanent residence in your home, who’s duties involve performing the cleaning tasks you require in your home on a daily basis.

What is the difference between a maid and a housekeeper?

Most of the time the difference between a maid and a housekeeper is that a maid performs one-off large cleaning tasks, whereas a housekeeper performs daily cleaning tasks on a regular basis. A housekeeper may also do tasks such as cooking and laundry.

How much should you pay a housekeeper?

The amount you should pay a housekeeper will vary based on a number of factors, such as how often they come to your house, if they reside in your home permanently, the individual or company and the tasks performed. Paying for care is slightly different, and there are some funding options which can help.

What are the duties of a housekeeper?

The duties of a housekeeper can vary based on the needs of the individual, they can include cleaning, laundry, cooking and preparing meals and even running errands.

Do housekeepers cook?

If required, many housekeepers can cook and prepare meals.

How to hire a live-in housekeeper?

Depending on your specific needs and requirements, you can hire housekeepers through individuals, agencies or care specialists.

How to find a live-in housekeeper

There are different ways to find a live-in housekeeper, either through word of mouth or through specific companies or agencies who specialise in housekeeping services.

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