Live-In Options

Eldercare Live-In Options


The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center provides this list as a convenience to consumers. We do not recommend or endorse any businesses. Consumers should ask for references and proof of professional licensing.

Questions to Ask


There are many options for live in services and prices range dramatically. Before you begin your search, it is important to decide exactly what your needs are, what you want from the caregiver and what you will allow the caregiver to do.

Consider which parts of the home that the caregiver can use and which parts they cannot. For example:
  • What hours does the caregiver need to be there?
  • Can they have an outside job?
  • Can they go out in the evening?
  • Can they have a child or a pet?
  • Can they entertain guests in your home?
  • Can they use your telephone, or do they need their own?
  • Where can they store their food and possessions?
  • What will the payment schedule be?
  • If either party gives notice, how long does it have to be?
Write this information down and create a thorough job description of the things you want the caregiver to do. Have others (relatives or friends) review the job description and help you refine it. Give a copy to the caregiver.

Resources to Consider


Student Employment Offices


  • Bates Technical College: (253) 680-7002
  • Clover Park Technical College: (253) 589-5678
  • Pierce College: (253) 964-6590
  • Pacific Lutheran University: (253) 535-7459
  • Tacoma Community College: (253) 566-5191
  • University of Puget Sound: (253) 879-3250

Shared Housing / Roommate Matchmaker Service


In "home sharing," individuals can rent out a spare room(s) for income or in trade for services. In Pierce County, contact Shared Housing Services at (253) 272-1532 for more information.

Nanny Care


  • Excel/Care: (253) 565-8252
  • Theresa Snow, Inc: (206) 623-7091
  • McDonald Employment: (206) 284-5244
  • Heartland Caregivers: (206) 542-0241

In-Home Care & In-Home Health Agencies


May be round the clock shifts of workers (if care is needed throughout the night), or live-in workers (if the worker can sleep overnight). Hourly care tends to be $19-25 / hour. Live-in care tends to be in the $200-300/day range.

The Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center provides this list as a convenience to consumers. We do not recommend or endorse any businesses. Consumers should ask for references and proof of professional licensing.