A Day in the Life

Understanding the day-to-day structure of live in care is vital, not only in preparing you for life with a carer, but allowing for a comparison to other care models. Below, we have documented a typical day plan for a person receiving care. 

Please Note: Your carer is available 24 hours a day. Their hands-on working hours will depend on the level of care required. This means daily activities can and will vary according to your individual need. 

7.30 am

Robina wakes up and has half an hour to herself. Mrs M usually wakes up at around 8am, at which time Robina will take her a cup of tea, help her with her morning tablets and ask her if she would like assistance getting to the bathroom.

8 – 9 am

Robina assists Mrs M in choosing what to wear for the day. She will help her to shower and to get dressed.

9 – 10 am

Robina prepares Mrs M’s breakfast – it changes every day depending on what Mrs M fancies.

10.00 am

Mrs M likes to sit quietly with her paper and tackle a crossword whilst Robina carries out some light housework - hoovering, tidying the kitchen and putting the washing on.

12.30 -1.30 PM

Mrs M eats lunch, which has been prepared by Robina.

Mrs M regularly has weekend visitors who take her to the old golf club for lunch.

1.30 – 3.30 Pm

Mrs M takes her afternoon nap and Robina takes a well-earned rest in her room.

3.30 Pm  

There is usually something planned for the afternoon – in the summer Robina might take Mrs M to the local garden centre as she loves to look at the flowers and choose something new for the garden.

With some gentle encouragement from Robina, she has once or twice gone out to play Canansta or gone to visit her old friends in the next village. From time to time she has been known to stay home in the warm and watch the tennis or Midsomer murders. Robina is on hand to help Mrs M in which ever activity she wants to do.

6.00 Pm

Around this time Mrs M is ready to wind down for the evening and enjoy her dinner before bed.

Mrs M likes to get ready for bed at around 8pm, she will then either go to bed if she is tired or will sit up and watch the TV and slip off to bed with a bit of help from her carer when she feels like it.

  • "The carers have been very good, one even using her free time to visit the husband in hospital and really going the extra mile."

    ED Westcott

  • "The  care that Jola provides is fabulous in every respect. I cannot praise her highly enough for the patience she shows with. It was a happy day when she came to us "

    RL Englefield Green

  • "As far as I am concerned, Roberta has been an absolute rock for our family. Completely unselfish in her care and invaluable."

    CB Guildford

  • "We are absolutely delighted with Karolina she is gentle and kind I love chatting to her and really enjoy her company."

    JH Cambridge

  • "Arbour provided live-in carers for my wife for six years from 2017-2023 including the pandemic. My main impression is of a very professional organisation in which owners and staff worked all the time to provide the support the client needed at as high a standard as possible. They gave equal attention to statutory requirements, care plans and staff training and never cut any corners."


  • "The support that we have had from Arbour Care has been, quite literally, lifesaving. They found an amazing carer to look after my elderly and disabled husband, who is very experienced, kind and thoughtful. She has made an enormous positive difference to the quality of our lives and I will always be grateful to her and cannot thank her enough."