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Posted on 26/06/2018

What to Look for When Choosing a Live in Care Provider

Finding the right live in carer is crucial, as you must feel comfortable living with them at home. When you’re looking for a live in care provider, research is essential as there are several key factors to consider.

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Does the care provider meet your needs?

A live in carer means you will have specialist care and support exactly when you need it, rather than having to depend on short scheduled visits throughout the day. Our live in creative care service provides between 6 – 8 hours of care over a 24 hour timeframe.

If your individual needs mean you require more care, we can provide additional experienced  live in carers who can support you through the whole day as well as overnight, providing a continuous level of care, 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

With a live in carer you can stay in your familiar home surroundings, enabling you to live independently whilst benefiting from support, stability and companionship.

If your individual needs mean you require more care, we can provide additional experienced  live in carers who can support you through the whole day as well as overnight, providing a continuous level of care, 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.

With a live in carer you can stay in your familiar home surroundings, enabling you to live independently whilst benefiting from support, stability and companionship.

How long will a carer’s placement last?

We understand that familiarity is a must, particularly in dementia care. Building a relationship with your carer is important, so we guarantee our carers will commit to a placement of between 2 and 12 weeks. This provides important continuity and ensures you have the flexibility to plan ahead for social events and appointments, knowing your care needs are covered.

Is care guaranteed?

It’s essential that your care needs are covered, so if your carer is ill or on holiday your live in care provider should ensure a replacement carer with equivalent skills and experience is available.

Our fast response care service ensures your live in care needs are always covered, even at short notice, with our highly qualified team of carers on call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

How are carers selected?

It’s crucial for a live in carer to be able to communicate clearly, with a high standard of spoken and written English. Pre-employment screening such as a DBS check should also be carried out and references should be available on request.

We guarantee all our carers pass our rigorous recruitment process, which includes:

  • Training to test their care skills
  • Driving skills check
  • English language check
  • Extensive background checks

Our live in carers are also trained to work alongside other care providers such as physiotherapists, occupational therapist and speech therapists to ensure a complete level of care in the home.

How are carers matched to individuals?

When matching you with a live in carer, a care provider should determine your personality and interests, as well as your care and support needs. It’s crucial that your emotional needs are met as well as you physical needs such as bathing and dressing.

When we are matching you with a carer, we’ll ask you questions including:

  1. Does your carer require any specific experience?
  2. Does your carer need to have a specialism?
  3. Would you prefer a male or female carer?
  4. Does your carer need to be able to drive?
  5. Would you prefer your carer to share your interests and hobbies?

This will ensure you are matched with a carer you will feel comfortable with and who meets your needs and understands your choices in life.

For further information on how we can support you with live-in care, get in touch with our specialist team, who will be more than happy to talk you through our specialist care services.