A Private Carer is an individual who provides home care services on a self-employed basis rather than through a care agency or care home. Private Carers are gaining in popularity as direct payments from local councils allow families to take control of their care arrangements.
Many families find the process of hiring a carer themselves much simpler than using an agency. However, it is important to remember that once you employ a carer yourself (or through your family), you become their employer and have responsibilities such as paying PAYE, National Insurance and arranging sickness cover. This can be a significant undertaking and if things don’t work out, you could be left short of care at very short notice.
When choosing a carer, you should look for a person who enjoys their job and enjoys working with elderly people. Ideally they should have care experience, but it is more important to match their personality to your needs.
In addition to the care provided, a private carer can help you to plan daily activities such as clubs, outings and meals. They can also assist with medication management and offer transportation if needed. Most importantly, they can provide a familiar and comfortable environment in the comfort of your own home.
Many long-term carer relationships develop into warm and friendly friendships, with both parties benefiting from the relationship. Carers are usually younger than their clients and they often appreciate hearing about the olden days, sharing a joke or two and the chance to chat. Private Carer