Preparing The Home.....
There are a few practicalities you’ll want to consider prior to the implementation of live-in care, so here’s a few handy tips to help.
Preparing the home Having a care worker temporarily reside within a home is much like preparing for a guest. He/she will ideally have their own bedroom and set of bed linen, with suitable storage, access to a bathroom, a television and internet access if possible. If the person requiring care needs support with their mobility it may be advisable to consult an Occupational Therapist who could visit the home and make recommendations. We are able to put you in touch with a firm of private OT’s that provide this service if you wish.
Travel Costs The care workers we introduce do not expect to be reimbursed for their travel to and from our clients.
Meals Our care workers are encouraged to make meal times a sociable occasion and therefore eat with their clients, unless expressly asked not to (which in the case of couples is sometimes completely understandable). As we encourage cooking and eating together where possible our clients cover the cost of their care worker’s food, so for example, shepherd’s pie for one become shepherd’s pie for two! Of course if a care worker has any special dietary requirements a client is not expected to pay for this and we will help to agree arrangements for both parties if necessary.
Housekeeping Money There are a few ways that people typically manage a housekeeping fund for their care worker if needs be. One of the better ways is for family to set-up a bank account and have a debit card for the care workers. This way, the family are able to transfer monies on-line to cover what’s required and keep an eye on spend. The care worker simply passes the card and pin to the next care worker and so on. Other clients/families are happy to have a petty cash tin within the home that they top up when they visit in exchange for the receipts for purchases made.
Care Worker Breaks The care worker will need to have suitable breaks to compliment his/her duties and ensure that he/she is able to work to the best of their ability. Each package of care is different and therefore each break pattern is too. We will help you establish a pattern that works for both client and carer. If our client cannot be left alone, you may need to utilise the service of a local hourly care agency to cover your live-in care worker’s breaks. We are happy to guide you in this regard.
Power of Attorney Now may well be the time to consider the appointment of a lasting power of attorney (LPA). This is a legal document that lets a person (the ‘donor’, in this case our client) appoint one or more people (known as ‘attorneys’) to help you make decisions or to make decisions on their behalf. This gives them more control over what happens to them if, for example, they have an accident or an illness and can’t make decisions at the time they need to be made (they ‘lack mental capacity’). We are more than happy to refer you to people that can help and advise you on this.
Notifications It is worth notifying the home insurers that a care worker will be temporarily residing in the home and also the motor insurance company if a care worker is required to drive your/our client’s car.
We are on hand to advise you with all of the above and would be delighted to do so. Please feel free to ask us for advice.