What to look for in a home carer

What to look for in a home carer

Are you or your loved one in the process of looking into homecare in Christchurch? We understand that this can be a potentially overwhelming and emotional time. With so many different things to consider, you may feel stressed out and anxious about having to make a decision. After all, you want to make the best choice for either yourself or your loved one. 

In this blog post, we explore some of the different points you should consider when looking to receive support from a carer. While choosing a carer is a very personal decision, we hope that the information provided here helps to relieve some of the anxiety. Use it as a guide to help you on your decision-making journey. 

What is live in care?

Live in care is personalised support provided in the comfort of a person’s own home on a short or long-term basis. It’s a convenient, and often the preferred choice for those who need 24/7 assistance but would rather not move into a nursing home or spend time in hospital. Our highly-trained carers can provide care suited to your loved one’s needs. From personal care, such as washing and dressing, to domestic chores such as cooking and cleaning, our carers can do it all. In addition to providing basic clinicalsupport, they also make great companions and are more than happy to enjoy a chat over a cup of tea. 

The importance of companionship

Because a large part of live-in care is centred around providing companionship, we do our very best to ensure there is a good match between you and your carer. In addition to making sure your carer is suitable for looking after your specific needs, we’ll also do our best to ensure they share similar interests. Whether you’re participating in shared activities inside or outside the home, a good match is important to help your loved one feel safe and supported at all times.  

What to look for in a carer

When choosing a carer, it’s important to look into their experience and qualifications. While home carers typically do not need formal qualifications, we only employ staff who have an NVQ Level 2 or above. That’s because we want to deliver the highest quality of care possible. 

Our care team also includes trained nurses who provide specialist clinical care and additional training to support our carers in administering medications, dressing wounds and other more complex care tasks. 

Making a decision

Although you or your loved one may benefit from having the support of a dedicated carer round-the-clock, it’s natural that you may feel hesitant or uneasy to allow a stranger into your home. You may worry that the standard of care will be inadequate or that the carer will not be a good match for your loved one. With over 50 years of experience working in the nursing and care sector, our qualified carers are committed to building high-quality relationships. Our goal is to help you enjoy valuable time with your family rather than constantly worry about their needs. With our professional carers, you can rest assured that your family is in good hands. 

Get in touch 

If you or your loved one are interested in our homecare or live-in care services, we would love to talk with you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch or phone us on 01202 800 494. Whatever your questions or concerns, our knowledgeable staff would be happy to provide more information on our services.