Dorset

Looking for Live-in Care in Dorset?


At Hometouch, we provide bespoke live-in care in Dorset. We offer qualified, experienced live-in carers for private live-in care, live-in care for the elderly and live-in dementia care in Dorset.
Dorset

Where your loved one comes first

We know what it takes to make a great live-in carer – warmth, empathy and expertise. We’ve handpicked the finest carers from across the country to provide live in home help, dementia live in care and live in care for the elderly, ready to assist your loved one live happily, safely and with dignity in their own home.

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Our carers are paid above the industry average
We are founded by a dementia doctor and have an experienced nursing team
All our carers undergo in house dementia training
We cover 24 hours/day 365 days a year
Trusted by more than 1,000 families - we deliver 50,000 hours of care each month

Customise your loved one’s care with Hometouch


There are two ways to manage the provision of care to someone who is in need of support from a carer. These are called Regulated and Introductory.

Introductory care


Our introductory service helps you find the best carer and gives you full control, affordability and flexibility.

  • Search for and view approved carers online
  • Communicate directly with carers via our secure messaging system
  • We help you find, shortlist and choose your carers - if you need
  • Create and manage your care plan online
  • Review bookings and billing information
  • Stay informed with your care journal

Regulated care


If your care needs are complex, or if you would prefer a fully managed service, regulated by the CQC, then our regulated CQC live-in care service will give you total peace of mind.

All of the benefits of introductory care plus:

  • Fully managed clinical service
  • Access to our multi-skilled clinical team comprising of registered nurses, mental health first aider and healthcare professionals
  • Dedicated care account manager
  • Face to face assessment
  • Personalised carer matching process with you choosing your main carer
  • Bespoke person-centred care plan curated by our in house clinical team
  • Activities to support mental health and wellbeing
  • Remote access to your care plan to review daily updates via an app
  • Regular check-ins and reviews of your care plan and carer
  • Full PPE included
  • Emergency cover
  • Dignified approach to end of life care
Speak to one of our knowledgeable care advisers about Hometouch’s high quality live-in care service

Exceptional live-in care in Dorset


From Shaftesbury to Swanage, we’ve assembled the finest carers across Dorset. So whether you’re in Poole, Bournemouth, Lyme Regis or Dorchester, you can be sure of an exceptional standard of care for your loved one anywhere in the sunny South West.

All our live-in carers are handpicked for empathy and experience. They undergo a rigorous vetting process to make sure we only take on people we’d want to have looking after our own families. We’re rated five stars on Trustpilot, and we’ve got a rating of 9.8/10 on homecare.co.uk.

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Our live-in care services in Dorset


Hometouch was founded by Dr Jamie Wilson, a former NHS dementia specialist, to help people live happily, safely and with dignity in their own homes.

We believe in providing the best care – whether it’s specialist dementia care, post-operative care, palliative and end-of-life care, respite care or just companionship. We choose carers who have both empathy and experience, to make sure you have peace of mind, and your loved one receives first-class care.

Our prices start from £950 a week for live-in care in Dorset, and we also offer packages for more complex medical needs. We can cover all your loved one’s needs, including companionship or clinical support. Such help in providing the best possible care for your family member is often indispensable.

At Hometouch, the process is to match clients with the best carers based on the needs and preferences of your loved one. To get more information about this topic, get in touch with a Hometouch Care Advisor.


24-hour care at home and other types of home care available in Dorset


There are many types of care in Hometouch offer, apart from 24-hour live-in care Dorset, that are at the disposal of our clients. One of these types of care is dementia care which gains more and more significance due to the rise in older people affected by this condition.

Dementia care requires specific skills and training in carers because of the particular effects of the condition, such as confusion, wandering, and agitation. That is also why quality care is often necessary for our loved ones who struggle with this illness.

Quality care in your own home from our specialised dementia live-in carers gives you an alternative to dementia care homes in Dorset. It’s often worth your serious consideration because there are many benefits to live-in care.


Domiciliary care in Dorset: How is it different from other care options?


Domiciliary care is usually carried out in the form of hourly or drop-in home care. This model is suited for individuals that don’t require 24-hour care. Hometouch carers provide short visits in order to meet the basic needs of individuals, such as meal preparation, washing and dressing, and assistance with personal care.

In Dorset, private carers are, more often than not, self-employed, which means they either work independently or through an introductory agency. At Hometouch, we offer our clients various types of care, like nighttime carerespite careParkinson’s care, and companionship care.

It’s our mission to provide families with the best live-in care services in Dorset. That is why we do a thorough background check on all of our carers to ensure that your family member will get the quality assistance they need.


Respite care: What you should know


We are aware of the fact that everybody needs a break in their job. Respite care gives our carers this opportunity. It’s an excellent way to ensure our loved ones will get the help in the time the carer benefits from some time off and in cases when short-term residential care is required.

Respite care lasts typically for a minimum of one week. In this time, the substitute carer takes on the responsibilities of the person who is absent.


Elderly care in Dorset: Answers to your questions


At Hometouch, we hire live-in carers who are trained in elderly care. Our services offer an alternative to residential homes in Dorset, England. Problems with mobility constraints, loneliness, and multiple medical conditions can become too much of a burden for our family members. And we, as a family, are not always there to ensure them with proper care.

Elderly care provided by Hometouch includes activities such as fulfilling basic needs, medication administration, companionship, and helping with driving clients to appointments.

It’s worth remembering that mental health is as important as physical health. Our live-in care services in Dorset provide trained professionals to care about your family member with knowledge, experience, and sensitivity. They are a part of your family’s support system, in which you don’t have to be the sole caregiver for your loved one.


What are the main differences between residential homes and live-in care in Dorset?


24-hour care is usually divided into residential and live-in care. Residential care focuses on providing individuals with round-the-clock aid within a facility like a residential home. This means that individuals live in the nursing home and are required to move out from their own homes. This often is the source of great stress.

Of course, this might be a good solution for some families, but it’s worth remembering that there is some alternative to residential care. This alternative is live-in care.

In this model, it’s the carer that moves into the home of our loved one. It’s an easier transition, and the quality of services is better. The individual touch and attention are what make the Hometouch a fantastic choice for many families.


Join Hometouch as a live-in carer in Dorset?


Hometouch is a company with an important mission. That is why we’re always looking for the best carers in the areas we provide our services in. To learn more about live-in care jobs in Dorset, please review our dedicated page to help you with your application and the recruitment process. We wish to hire enthusiastic, reliable carers, preferably with some experience in caring for the elderly.


"I have been using hometouch since September 2016 for my Grandmother who has dementia and I can honestly say they are fantastic … Professional, helpful and very timely. Exactly what you want. Cannot recommend them enough highly."

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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Frequently Asked Questions


Finding a carer

How do I search for carers that fit my needs?

Enter your postcode on the carer page and this will generate a list of carers in your area. You can then filter by language, skills, interests, experience. We recommend you review previous client reviews, watch videos of the carers and read our Trustpilot reviews to see how other clients have used hometouch successfully.

I cannot find a carer in my area. Why is this?

We regularly update our pool of carers – if you are having problems, just call a Care Advisor, and they’ll be happy to help.

Should I meet a carer before arranging a contract?

It depends on the circumstances. If you need a carer urgently to cover another carer, we can recommend carers who are suitable and who have been able to help in this area before. This is best setup as an immediate contract and payment.

If you are looking for a longer term contract, we advise you meet the carer, decide they are the right person for you or your loved one and then agree the contract terms. Many clients like to meet with their carer before confirming an ongoing or longer term contract to ensure there is a good match.

Are carers insured?

Yes, carers have personal liability insurance. hometouch will ensure all carers commencing a contract will have a policy in place if this is requested by a client.

Once I have met a carer, can I arrange to pay them in cash?

No, it is against our terms and conditions to pay for carer services outside of hometouch.

Can I employ more than one carer at the same time?

Yes, If you need a carer for different times of the day or week, you may need to find additional carers who are able to work at different times. Equally, you may have a carer who is taking leave and you can arrange a short term contract with another carer to cover this period. hometouch allows you to have multiple carer contracts simultaneously which can all be managed from the contracts page on the main hometouch dashboard.

Do I pick my own carer or do you assign one to me?

You should pick your own carer according to the criteria you looking for. However, if you need some assistance, we can help you with recommendations. The ultimate choice though is you and your family’s. Please email us at hello@myhometouch.com or call a Care Advisor for help.


Arranging care

Is there a minimum contract length?

No. You can book a carer for a one-off job for a few hours or days or arrange an ongoing contract. An ongoing contract can be cancelled with two weeks notice. If cancelling a single shift, please give the carer 24 hours notice.

How long can the visits be?

hometouch is committed to supporting minimum one hour visits. Otherwise it is as long as is required by you and your family.

What happens if I am not happy with my carer?

First of all, please let hometouch know straight away if you are having problems. We are here to help and want to resolve any problems you have. We take any allegations of poor care, dishonesty, poor punctuality, incompetence or poor communication very seriously and will take action immediately if you have concerns. If you have reason to be dissatisfied with your carer, you need to decide whether they have breached the contract with you (eg have not turned up, been non-punctual), or whether you no longer wish to employ them for your own personal reasons.

How are your carers vetted?

We check all of our carers ID, Qualifications and CRB/DBS certificates. We also face to face interview every carer that joins hometouch and assess them against 5 criteria – punctuality, communication skills, compassion/empathy, ability to take initiative and personal presentation/honesty. We conduct detailed scenario testing and reference check all carers. We pride ourselves on the high quality bar we set and only accept a small fraction of the carer applicants we receive.

Is hometouch registered with the Care Quality Commission?

Yes, hometouch is registered and regulated by the CQC. However our introductory model of care which started in 2015 is technically not regulated by the CQC as the hometouch does not interfere in the care delivery, manage the care plan or provide rotas. Our managed care service is regulated by the CQC.


Contracts and payments

What will the carer be paid?

The carer will be paid the stated rate on their profile minus 20% (inc VAT) commission on an ongoing basis for the duration of the contract and any further contract with the carer. hometouch defines this as an “introductory fee” which is spread out over the length of the contract and any other subsequent contracts with that individual carer. We are committed to supporting a minimum £10/hr income for all carers.

When do I need to pay?

The payment needs to be made before the contract starts. This is held in a third party (escrow) account before being transferred to the carer at the end of the following week. Weekly recurring payments are then made for contracts longer than a week.

How do I pay for care?

hometouch provides a secure online payment facility. Payment details are required before any contract commences and payment is via credit/debit card or direct debit for self funding clients. For ongoing contracts payment is taken in advance every Monday.

Who sets the rates for carer pay?

Carers set their hourly rates according to their experience level, areas of expertise and the trust ratings they have built up on hometouch. The minimum hourly rate chargeable on hometouch is £10/hr. Please be aware that carers are working on a self-employed basis and therefore have to cover their travel costs and other reasonable expenses. We are committed to ensuring that carers can earn a living wage via offering their services on hometouch.

Do I need to pay employers National Insurance?

No, carers work on a self employed basis and there is no statutory requirement to pay Employers NI.

Can I cancel a contract?

You can cancel at any time for an ongoing contract. If you are booking for defined time period of less than a month, you are committed to paying that amount unless exceptional circumstances have occurred. We will look at each request on a case by case basis. Please note, you are party to a contract with the carer and if there is no reasonable reason is given for ending the contract prematurely, you would be in breach of that contract and the care would be entitled to full payment. All cancellations must be submitted by email to both hometouch on hello@myhometouch.com and the carer.

What if there is a dispute?

If there is reason to believe the carer has not fulfilled their duties or there are any other concerns, you can dispute the contract in the contract section. hometouch will look at each disputed contract on a case by case basis and try to resolve the matter fairly. A carer also has the ability to dispute a contract in case they believe they have reason to.

What is your safeguarding policy?

Our safeguarding policy protects vulnerable adults from abuse and is a legal requirement under the Health and Social care Act


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