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Specifics to sort out before starting home care jobs

Julie Lord

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If you have accepted your first live-in carer role and the time is coming where you will begin your duties and move into your client’s home, there are certain specifics which you need to agree and put in place before this happens.

It would be disastrous to begin your new job and contract only to find out that certain important factors haven’t been discussed or agreed and you, your client, your home care agency and your client’s family all have different expectations of what your new role entails. It is essential to ensure a smooth transaction into your care role that all details are thoroughly discussed and sorted before your contract begins.

Your duties

The first thing which is essential for all parties to agree upon and understand are the duties which you will be expected to perform. Will your role as a carer be to give assistance with household tasks, trips out and to provide company? Or are you going to be assisting with more personal tasks such as hygiene care and medication reminders? As these details may also affect how much you are paid for your role as well as how many hours you are working, it is vital that the exact details of your duties are outlined in the beginning.

The hours you are expected to work

Although you will be living in the home of your client, this does not mean that you will be expected to be on call and working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In order to ensure that you are well rested and happy, you need to set a working schedule up with your client and their family which will outline allocated free-time for yourself each week. Down time is essential for your own health and to ensure that you are well-rested and fit for work.

Living arrangements

As you will be living in the home of your client, it is important that ground rules are laid out before you move in. It is important to agree on aspects of living in the home such as whether you can use the laundry facilities, whether you will eat with your client or cook your own meals, whether you will have access to the Wi-Fi or TV package or whether you will need to pay for your own TV line. It is important to get all this down in writing before your job begins.

Terms of pay

Your pay agreement is vital to get agreed before you begin your role as a carer whether live in or not. You should agree and sign a pay contract which outlines how much you will receive for your specific duties, whether you can earn over time and how much of your wages will go towards the cost of you living in the home.

If you are concerned about any other specifics you need to arrange before starting, you can find out more at The Live-in Care Hub as well as being able to search for homecare jobs in your area.


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