One cannot underestimate the value great live in carers provide, as they look after the people we love when they need it the most. Whether it be through social or care needs, permanent assistance requirements or just attendance through the night, live in carers are a blessing.
Clients feel more reassured, settled and comfortable in their own homes, and by providing a live in carer, their needs are professionally taken care of whenever and however they need.
But if you’re considering hiring live in care, how do you best choose live in carers? Here’s a few considerations that should help to make this important choice a bit easier.
Above all, it is essential that any live in carer fully understands the client’s needs. This could be support at specific times of day up to 24 hour live-in care, but also in such as way as to allow the client to live as safely and comfortably as possible.
Compassion and professionalism are uppermost, so look for live in carers that have undertaken comprehensive training in :-
- moving and positioning
- medication in the community
- safeguarding of vulnerable adults
- infection control
- Health and Safety
- First aid
- diet and nutrition
- understanding dementia
- end of life care
When considering a live in care provider, look for one with a sound reputation and associations. For example, Live-In Comfort Ltd.are long time members of United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) and of the British Association of Domiciliary Care (Ceretas).
To provide the best quality standard of live in care, support workers and carers should be extremely experienced in :-
- Social care – Support with medical appointments, accompanying to the library, trips out, conversation and companionship.
- Household – basic laundry, light housework, simple cooking, collection prescriptions and shopping.
- Personal care – prompting with medication, assisting with toilet needs and catheter care, support with washing and dressing and specialisms such as palliative care and dementia.
- Dementia care
- Complex care
- Nighttime care and support
A live in carer is such a trusteed position, it is vital to establish a bond with a client. Care and support staff need to have compassion and understanding whilst being committed and reliable.
Conclusion: choosing in an established live in care provider is perhaps the best way to choose live in carers
Whilst there are a lot of care providers, there are sometimes few exceptional ones. Look for live in care providers using the above criteria, and you’ll be better placed to make the extremely important selection with confidence.
Generally, reputation spreads quickly – both of good and bad care providers – so look for testimonials and validations from satisfied clients.
Look for membership of the main associations associated with care providers.
Above all, look for a live in carer that understands the needs of each client on a personal basis. One that can build a supportive, friendly rapport and bond. One that has experience and training in every aspect of care needed.