Live-in carer in London – finding the right match

The three main ways to find a London live in carer: going through an agency, engaging a self-employed carer, or using an introductory agency like Hometouch.

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How do I find a live-in carer in London?

Hiring a live in caregiver is not as difficult as you think. In fact, there are numerous live in care companies in the UK and several in London, which offer abundant choice. The three most common ways to find a live-in carer in London are:
  • Going through live in care agencies
  • Finding a private carer and employing them directly
  • Using a service that provides a middle ground between the two, like Hometouch

Which way is the best way?

There are many factors to consider before opting for live in home care for seniors. Selecting a live-in carer in London requires careful assessment of the carer's qualifications, experience and skills, as well as ensuring they are the right personality match for you or your loved one. With so many live in care companies in the UK, selecting the best live in care company for your loved ones can be somewhat difficult.

Traditional live-in care agencies take on most of the paperwork and organisation required to fulfil your care needs, but many won't allow you to select your own London live in carer, and most charge a premium rate for administration while paying their carers a minimal salary. This lack of control and imbalance between cost and pay often leads to a high turnover of carers, which can cause disruption for your loved one.

Finding a private live-in carer can be a good alternative. You have control over the person providing the care and direct relationship with the live in care company. Also, you can negotiate terms and payment directly with a private live in carer. If you hiring a live in caregiver, you will need to bear in mind that private carers are entitled to holidays and sick leave, and that finding cover on these occasions will fall on you. You will also need to draft a contract, carry out full qualification checks, and make sure that the live in care company has carers that have the right to live and work in the UK.

Hometouch provides a middle ground. Before we accept live in carers, we carry out telephone and face-to-face interviews, check their backgrounds, and their qualifications. All of our London live in carers are self-employed, so you retain control over who cares for your loved one, while we provide illness and holiday cover. Because our platform automates a lot of the administration, we can pay our carers more while charging you less, helping both you and your chosen carer to get a better deal.

How much will it cost?

Carers will typically charge a weekly rate that depends on their experience, and the demands of the work they are being asked to perform. Hometouch care advisors can talk you through your live-in care options and help you develop an understanding of how much live-in care could cost you. Also, we will give you all the essential details you need before hiring a live in caregiver.

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What will a live-in carer need?

As a live-in carer will be living in your loved one's home, a spare room will be required. A live in carer will often be happy to share bathroom facilities, but providing the space for them to spend time away from your loved one will be necessary. You can do this by putting a TV in their room and, ideally, by providing internet access. Experienced live-in carers will know that giving your loved one space is important, especially when your loved one might be coming to terms with losing their independence.

Find out more about the practical steps you can take to accommodate a live-in carer. It is possible to arrange for live-in carers to alternate week by week, or every two weeks, so that they and your loved one can get some space and have someone new to talk to.

Why should I choose live-in care?

There are several live in care companies in the UK. These live-in carers are dedicated to your loved one and can provide ongoing and intensive support in their home on a full-time basis. Live-in care can allow your loved one to remain in their own home, close to established friends and community networks. Likewise, live in home care for seniors creates companionship between an elderly person and the carer. A live-in carer will ultimately help your loved one to live as independent a life as possible for as long as possible.

What is live-in care?

Live-in care is when a carer lives with the person receiving care in their home. From companionship care all the way to round-the-clock complex care, a live-in carer can provide one-to-one support in your loved one’s own home. This is especially important for people living with dementia, who may become increasingly confused or distressed in unfamiliar surroundings.

A dedicated live-in carer can provide your loved one with more individual care than they’d receive at a residential home. So whether it’s a day out on weekends, or fish and chips in front of the TV on a Friday evening, your loved one can carry on doing the things they enjoy. And because the carer is staying on-site, it’s often cheaper than a care home too. To find out more about the cost of care where you live, take a look at our page on understanding the cost of care.

At hometouch, we help people live happily, safely and with dignity in their own homes. If you think live-in care could be right for your loved one, contact a hometouch Care Advisor today.

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