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How to find a reliable live-in care provider

Julie Lord

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If you are looking for in home care for yourself or a loved one it is important that you do your homework. Finding someone who can meet your needs and who you get on with will improve your quality of life. A good live in carer will provide more than just care – they will become your companion and friend.

Know what services you need

Before you start searching for a live in carer it is important that you know what duties you expect them to undertake. You should also have a thought for the future – you may be able to bath yourself now but will you want them to be able to assist you if you need it in the future?

Some of the tasks a carer may undertake are:

  • Assisting you with day-to-day tasks such as getting dressed, having a bath or shower or going to the toilet
  • Cooking and cleaning
  • Running the household and shopping for groceries
  • Ensuring that your medication is taken in accordance with the prescription and depositing repeat prescription requests
  • Driving you to and from any medical appointments you may have, or to meet friends or go shopping, or attend any other social events
  • Caring for your pets, including feeding, dealing with litter trays or cages and walking dogs or even taking them to the vets for you if it is required.

Who will they be caring for?

If you live with a spouse, partner or companion you will need to be clear who the carer is expected to care for. It is a good idea to ask in advance if they are prepared to undertake caring for both of you as otherwise, if your partner needs care in the future, you may need to find a different person.

Agencies are a good choice for those looking for in home care

Like employing any other service provider it is important that you ask for recommendations and references. A reliable carer will have no difficulty in providing some. Friends, family and local organisations dealing with older people may all be able to suggest good agencies.

Once you know what your ideal carer will look like you can start searching for them. While it is possible to simply advertise for self employed live in care jobs you will be responsible for checking the background of potential candidates and may find yourself acting as their employer in the eyes of HMRC.

An agency will take all the guesswork out of employing a live in carer. They will advise you of the legal requirements regarding breaks and holidays – and may be able to source other carers when your carer is not there. They will also be able to run background checks on carers listed on their books and will follow up references so you can be confident that your carer is who they say they are!

An agency is also more likely to be able to match your interests with those of your in home care giver. Remember that you are looking for someone who can provide companionship as well as care so it is essential that you get along!


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