Live-in care – what is it and what are the benefits?

Because of the one-on-one nature of live-in care, it’s essential to find the right carer for you or your loved one.

This doesn’t just come down to skill, experience, or background checks. It can also be about personal things like what someone enjoys doing, what type of people they get on with, and most importantly; how they want to live their life

Having a holistic view of your needs or the needs of your loved one is vital to ensure you or they are not only looked after physically, but mentally and emotionally too.

When sourcing a live-in carer, you can either do so through a care provider or by employing someone directly.

Finding live-in care through a provider

There are two different types of live-in care providers: care provider agencies and fully managed care providers.

1. Live-in care through care provider agencies

Care provider agencies can source a qualified carer for you to employ, which can help to reduce costs. However, this brings its own set of responsibilities, as you’ll be left to manage things like carers pay and sick cover.

You can search for registered care agencies on the UK Home Care Association website.

2. Live-in care through fully managed care providers

Fully managed care providers employ full-time staff, train them, provide replacement care workers if required, and handle all employment responsibilities. Reputable companies are regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Many people find this to be a more simple and stress-free process, and appreciate the peace of mind and reassurance it brings.

An example of a reputable care provider is The Good Care Group who, in 2019 became the only provider dedicated to live-in care. They were awarded an ‘outstanding’ rating in all five categories of the CQC inspection.

The Good Care Group takes into account everything from care needs to personal preferences and routine, in order to match clients with carers who share common interests and values.

Alternatively, you can search for other regulated care providers on the CQC website.

Employing a live-in carer directly

If you’d prefer to employ a live-in carer directly rather than through a provider, it’s important to note that you or your relative will take on the responsibilities of an employer – including covering any health and safety risks.

You can read about the responsibilities of employing a care worker on the NiDirect Government Services website. ACAS and Being the Boss also offer further information about employing care workers.

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