Finding the right live-in carer is paramount to you having the quality of life you deserve. The problem is, it can be hard to know how to find the right one. After all it is a highly personal, trusted and intimate role so a good relationship between carer and the person being cared for is essential because the carer will be providing:
- Nursing care (if that is part of your needs)
- Help with private tasks like going to the toilet, showering or having a bath
- Help with medicine
- Companionship and care in your home
- Food and drinks
- Lifts to social occasions and hobby clubs
- Extra help if you need it, such as if you are unwell and need more help than usual
There needs to be trust between you and your carer, and it is so important they are the right person for your needs, otherwise you might feel uncomfortable, frustrated or even unhappy in your own home. Everyone who has a live in care job is skilled and professional but that doesn’t necessarily mean they have what it takes to be the right carer for you. Here are some top tips to help you find that perfect live-in carer:
Are They Qualified?
Before you consider personality and whether or not you get on with the person, they must be qualified to care for you. Not everyone working in live in care will have the right skills to match your needs. Check if they have cared for somebody with the same needs as yours, something particularly relevant if you or your loved one has a condition requiring specialist care. Look for NVQ’s, in-house training, a background in care, and any other evidence that they are qualified to care for you.
Are They Aware Of The Situation And Happy With It?
If you are honest from the very beginning about your needs or the needs of your loved one, then you have a better chance of finding good candidates. If you aren’t honest then you might get under qualified carers or carers who simply don’t want to take on that kind of job role
Are They Happy With The Time Off And Holidays On Offer?
Live-in care jobs are extremely full-on even for the most qualified of carers, so it is important that you are clear about when they won’t be working and when they will be able to take holiday. Details like how much notice they need to give you and what the procedure is if they are ill should be really clear and ideally they will clarify anything that isn’t clear, which is a good sign.
Using a live-in care agency might be a great option if you want a company to select the best staff, train them and work to make the best match for your needs. This is such an important decision, there’s nothing wrong with looking for help from professionals if you need it.