carer in action
The host family responsibilities are:
Home care support for the elderly.
Advisory guidance-pointers to take into account.We would respectfully ask before engaging either an au pair/carer/or nurse it should be clearly understood they are not there in the role of a “skivvy” or “serf”. Experience has shown when treated as an extended member of the family they respond better.
If you live inside the London area where costs are higher we considering paying an increased rate of pay (pay rates see here).
Home care for the elderly-guidance and information.
You should be prepared and indeed it’s not unreasonable, your carer might want to spend some of their free time socialising.When we introduce a foreign national (in the early stages) a degree of tolerance on your part is needed especially with linguistics.
We ask that you give them time to adjust. Where possible avoid the use of colloquial terms.
If you are patient, given time a good and respectful relationship develops.
Home care support for the elderly. The importance of being totally open and honest.
It’s critical to be totally frank with your carer regarding the level of care required.Otherwise, you are only creating problems in the future relationship.
1.We do from time to- time, see some elements of putting it politely- “glossing over!”, to the extent the carer actually resigned -claiming they were misled.
Over-demanding workloads will over-stretch the care assistant- (24/7 care management is the road to burnout) Where frequent disturbances occur during the night a second helper/companion is advised.
When engaging a live-in person, please remember that living in is for the benefit and safety of the individual, and should NOT be counted as a perk of the remuneration.
Provision of food is a generally recognised part of a live in carer package, and not to be used as a pay bargaining chip.
Although to be honest our younger carers have a different diet to that of the elderly host. To sum up here; neither accommodation or sustenance is not seen as perk to them. Where they are overseas visitors their sole purpose in travelled to UK is to help you!
Try to engender an atmosphere of camaraderie with the Live-in. This way you demonstrate a team working together.
Home care support for the elderly more info:
Make sure to provide a full job description.
It’s important the carer/nurse/Au pair is provided with the fullest information about the precise duties expected. For example work time, leisure time, days off, and holidays.Also a full and frank description. Presenting accurately the state of health of the individual concerned.
Time out and holidays, will have to be ‘factored in’ too. We can solve this by discussion.
Note: In some cases to ensure 24/7 cover- we provide 2 carers instead of one.
Home care support for the elderly is a tricky one! We are here if you need us.
For more info on: Elderly care at home– why not drop us a line.
Note: CQC The care quality commission defines organisation such as ours as: An Introductory Agency under the Health and a social care act. 2012
Useful resource of reference ‘Which magazine’ Live in Care link