Difference Between Part-time Caregiver and Live-in Caregiver?

September 1, 2021

The phrases “live-in” and “part-time” are frequently used interchangeably in the healthcare industry. It is important to note that these are entirely distinct kinds of care. A live-in caregiver takes up residence in the home of the elderly client. Even though they are required to sleep there at night, they are given at least eight […]

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The phrases “live-in” and “part-time” are frequently used interchangeably in the healthcare industry. It is important to note that these are entirely distinct kinds of care. A live-in caregiver takes up residence in the home of the elderly client. Even though they are required to sleep there at night, they are given at least eight to ten hours of rest and sleep.

In contrast, a part-time caregiver in Singapore is a private, local caregiver, commonly a Permanent Resident or a Singaporean, who is involved on an hourly-rated basis. The caregiver, usually a service provider, will appoint the care recipient’s home for caregiving periods, commonly up to 12 hours each time. The part-time caregiver will not be living in the home care recipient.

What Are the Advantages of Hiring a Caregiver?

Daily living for elders may grow increasingly challenging as they age. With the availability of experienced caregivers, getting the additional help you need doesn’t have to mean giving up your freedom. Caregivers may provide a variety of services to elders, allowing them to remain happy and independent in their own homes for as long as feasible.

Hiring a caregiver is an intelligent and helpful approach to improve your parent’s quality of life. Many seniors are concerned about losing their independence when age-related concerns such as mobility loss, balance challenges, and other health problems arise. Your parent may get help with a variety of chores from an in-home care provider, enabling them to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.

Taking a Look at the Differences Between Live-in and Part-time Caregiver

Below are some of the differences between live-in and part-time caregiver.

Accommodation and employment type 

A live-in caregiver in Singapore is usually a foreigner who works under a Migrant Domestic Worker (MDW) Work Permit. A foreign live-in caregiver must be from one of the MOM-approved source countries to be hired as a MDW.

A part-time, live-out caregiver, on the other hand, is a local, private caregiver who works on an hourly basis. The caregiver, generally a freelancer, will come to the care recipient’s house for caregiving shifts that last up to 12 hours. The caregiver will not reside in the residence of the care recipient.

Caregiving scope 

Both live-in and part-time caregivers offer a comparable level of care — helping with activities of daily living. They might be able to help with things like nasogastric and suctioning tube feeding. This is dependent on whether they have prior expertise providing such treatment.

Clinical procedures are not permitted to be performed by caregivers. A licensed medical professional, such as a physician, registered nurse or enrolled nurse, must do these procedures.

Can a caregiver help with housework? 

A live-in caregiver assists the care recipient with cleaning, washing, food shopping, and cooking in addition to providing care. A live-in caregiver may also help with certain housework for other household members, such as cooking and preparing meals for one or two other family members who also live there.

Housekeeping chores like cooking, cleaning, and washing are not part of the job scope for part-time caregivers. They can do restricted light housekeeping chores such as dishwashing after a care recipient’s meals and preparing the care recipient’s bed.

Arrangements of a caregiver 

The family will be required to sign an employment contract to hire a live-in caregiver. In most cases, the employment contract specifies that the caregiver will work for the Employer for the duration of her Work Permit. This is usually for a two-year term.

For a part-time caretaker, the arrangement is flexible. The Employer is not required to sign a long-term contract. It may be for a short length, two weeks or even two hours, to allow a family caregiver a break. It may also be used as a temporary solution until a more permanent caregiver is found.

Lead time 

The time it takes to hire a live-in caregiver varies depending on where she lives. She may start working with the family after the work permit is granted, which usually takes a few days to a week after applying with MOM.

Part-time caregivers may be hired on a need-to-know basis. Usually, agencies will recommend giving a few days’ notices. However, as long as caregivers are available, last-minute, ad-hoc shifts may be arranged. This is feasible since local carers are self-employed and may have some spare time between tasks.


The live-in caregiver is employed by the Employer and lives with them. Her pay is given every month to her. Depending on the caregiver’s credentials and experience, the monthly base pay varies from $580 to $1000.

In addition to paying her income, the Employer must cover food, lodging, and medical costs for the live-in caregiver in Singapore.

Families may usually employ a locally trained caregiver at a cheaper cost or pay a premium for a local registered nurse for part-time caregivers. A 12-hour shift from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. would cost approximately $240 per day for a local certified caregiver. A family that hires a qualified local caregiver Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., may expect to pay about $5280 per month (assuming there are 22 weekdays in a month).

Caregiver Duties

A live-in caregiver’s responsibilities are similar to those of an hourly caregiver in that they offer the same care regimen:

∙ Companionship and socializing are important aspects of life.

∙ Assistance with Daily Living Activities (ADLs)

∙ Preparation of meals, grocery shopping, and transportation

∙ Reminders to take medication

∙ Communication with family members and, in many cases, the rest of the medical team

Patients with dementia who do not need constant care but still require monitoring may benefit from live-in carers, who can act as a safety net for them.

It’s essential to remember that having a large turnover in the number of individuals who are caring for your loved one is the last thing you want, especially if the primary live-in caregiver has proved to be an excellent match for their needs. Your carers should be treated with the courtesy and compassion that they deserve, and their needs should be treated as if they were your own.

About Homage

Homekeeper is now collaborating with our business partner, Homage for caregiving services.

Among Homage’s many offerings are Care Assessments, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) help, Home Nursing Procedures, Home Rehabilitation services, which include physiotherapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy services, as well as Home Medical care.

Contact us any time to get the best caregiver services:

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