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How to Prepare for Your Live-in Carer to Arrive

Elderly woman with her Live-in Carer

Welcoming a Live-in Carer into your home can be an important step in ensuring the safety, comfort, and well-being of your loved one who needs extra support. But, like any other visitor, preparation is key to a smooth transition.

Here are some top tips for preparing for your Live in Carer to arrive!

  1. Provide a bedroom and bathroom: Your Live-in Carer will need their own space to sleep, store their belongings, and take care of personal needs. Providing a comfortable and private bedroom with a bathroom nearby will ensure that your Home Carer can relax and recharge after a long day of work. It's also important to provide fresh linens, towels, and basic toiletries for their use.

  2. Arrange for travel and transportation costs: It's the responsibility of the Live-in Carer to arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from your home. However, they may need to transport your loved one for appointments or outings, in which case you'll need to reimburse them for any costs incurred, such as fuel or parking.

  3. Discuss food arrangements: Mealtime can be a sociable occasion, and Domiciliary Carers are often happy to cook and eat with their Clients. However, you'll need to discuss food arrangements beforehand. Clients typically cover the cost of their Carer's food, but any special dietary requirements should be agreed upon prior to introduction.

  4. Manage housekeeping funds: You'll need to decide how to manage a housekeeping fund for your Live-Carer. Setting up a dedicated bank account and providing a debit card can be a good option, as it allows you to track spending and transfer funds as needed. Alternatively, you may choose to provide a petty cash tin for purchases made with receipts.

  5. Allow for rest breaks: Living in Carers work long hours, and it's important to ensure that they have adequate rest breaks during the day. A typical Carer's daily rate is based on a ten-hour working day, with 2-3 hours of consecutive break time. You may need to arrange for "cover care" during these breaks, but the flexibility of Live-in Care means that arrangements can be tailored to your needs.

  6. Consider specialist equipment: If your loved one has specific mobility or safety concerns, an Occupational Therapist can provide recommendations for equipment and modifications to ensure a safe living environment.

Welcoming a Live-in Carer into your home can provide peace of mind and support for your loved one, but preparation is key to a successful experience! By following these tips, you'll help ensure a comfortable and positive environment for your Live in Carer and your family.

Living in Carers can make a significant difference to a person's life by providing dedicated and personalised care in the comfort and security of their own home. They can help individuals with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and meal preparation, as well as provide companionship and emotional support.

With a Live-in Carer, individuals can maintain their independence, while also receiving the assistance they need to live a fulfilling and comfortable life. Additionally, Live in Carers can provide peace of mind for families and loved ones, knowing that their loved one is receiving high-quality care and support in a safe and familiar environment.

Livein Carers can help improve the quality of life for individuals who require additional care and support - if you would like to talk to us about arranging Live-in Care call us today on 01264 319 399

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