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.
Our introductory service helps you find the best carer and gives you full control, affordability and flexibility.
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:
For residents of Barnsley and the surrounding areas, Hometouch can provide live-in care and support – a customized alternative to a care home in Barnsley. If you or your loved one, through illness or injury, are struggling with decreased mobility, cognitive decline, loneliness or worry, you don’t have to struggle through this alone. Contact a Hometouch Care Advisor today and find out more information about our agency and the top quality service we provide.
Hometouch was founded by Dr Jamie Wilson, a former NHS dementia specialist who, at the time, was underwhelmed by the quality of dementia care services available in England. His objective with Hometouch has been to empower people to be able to live safely, with dignity, and with as much independence and autonomy as possible.
It is our belief that in a large number of cases, the objective of empowering people is reached not through a care home but by providing round-the-clock live-in care. Provide the attention, and support people need in the environment they are most comfortable and familiar with – their own home.
Dementia live-in care is best provided by a specially trained dementia carer who understands the effects of dementia – on the client as well as on the client’s family and loved ones. These effects go beyond health but also impact the quality of life and exacerbate feelings of helplessness and loneliness. Our highly trained live-in dementia care providers offer services adapted to meet these challenges head-on.
There are compassionate, skilled professionals who know how to provide effective dementia care services. They are available to work in Barnsley and in the surrounding area, and we can match you with them.
You can talk with a Hometouch Advisor by calling 020 3870 4220. Or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For residents of Barnsley and the surrounding area sending a loved one to a care home is an option, but it is not the only option. In many instances, the kind of service provided in a care home does not yield the same level of results as live-in care services provided in the clients’ own home. Live-in care in Barnsley is also an option, and one we would strongly encourage you to explore.
At Hometouch, we provide managed care that is fully regulated by the CQC (Care Quality Commission). You can get information about their reviews and read the results of their inspections here.
If you are considering home care in Barnsley or the surrounding area, our agency and our highly trained professional carers are here to help. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact one of our home care advisors today.
"hometouch has provided me with the peace of mind that my mother is in good, safe hands whilst I am at work. They provide me with regular, relevant updates so I don't need to worry."
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.
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.
We regularly update our pool of carers – if you are having problems, just call a Care Advisor, and they’ll be happy to help.
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.
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.
No, it is against our terms and conditions to pay for carer services outside of hometouch.
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.
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 email@example.com or call a Care Advisor for help.
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.
hometouch is committed to supporting minimum one hour visits. Otherwise it is as long as is required by you and your family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No, carers work on a self employed basis and there is no statutory requirement to pay Employers NI.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and the carer.
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.
Our safeguarding policy protects vulnerable adults from abuse and is a legal requirement under the Health and Social care Act
Hometouch has been one of the best companies I have worked for in the care sector! I have always been told I’m appreciated and been made to feel like it too. I’m so happy to be a part of the Hometouch team