What will a live-in carer do?
The duties of a Corinium Care carer very much depend on the needs of the client.
Our carers are on hand to help with personal care such as bathing and toileting as well as household duties such as cooking, cleaning and shopping, and to generally help make their client’s life as rich as possible. This can even include walking the dog and looking after a much-loved cat.
Most of all, our live-in carers are always there to provide companionship and peace of mind; our carers look after our clients with the same compassion as they would a member of their own family.
We are always happy to create a care plan personally tailored to suit your needs.
Three easy steps to live-in care
1. Get in Touch
Contact our expert care team today and we will be very happy to discuss your requirements with you.
2. Arrange a Home Visit
One of our qualified Care Managers will arrange a home visit. This is so we can conduct a full and thorough assessment in order to create a carefully personalised care plan.
3. Commence Care
Your Care Manager will then work with our experienced bookings team to match the best possible live-in carer. Often, the next day.
Our live-in carers uphold the highest standards
At Corinium Care we offer a wide choice of registered carers able to provide live-in care to our clients. We always seek to provide our clients with someone who will:
- Offer support and gentle companionship
- Respect one’s dignity, privacy and choice
- Assist with all personal care tasks including bathing and personal hygiene
- Encourage and help their client to do as much for themselves as possible
- Undertake light housework, cooking and shopping duties if that’s what the client wishes
Selecting our carers
All our carers go through a careful selection process and take part in our award-winning training scheme, where they learn everything from first aid, personal care, and moving and handling, to how to deal with dementia.
They come from all walks of life, and many come from Zimbabwe and South Africa as well as the UK. Whilst Corinium Care is not a nursing agency, many of our care workers have some nursing experience. What they all have in common though, is a compassionate and caring nature.
Assessing our carers
During the week-long training period, which takes place at our head office in Gloucestershire, our carers are closely assessed for their ability to work in a sensitive role. Our experienced Care Managers build an understanding of each individual carer’s character and strengths to match them to the best assignments possible.
Keeping in touch
Clients and carers receive regular contact from their care manager and an annual visit and review of the care package is ensured. This means that any adjustments to changing circumstances can be made. An interim review can always be arranged if the need arises.
Feedback from our clients is actively encouraged and is essential to ensure the carer/client relationship is a positive one.
High-quality care for our clients
We hand pick every single one of our carers and train them all in the same way, so we know that all of our clients receive the highest possible level of care. Although our care delivery remains consistent, each of our carers have their own unique personalities and experiences, which is why when matching them to clients, we consider:
- Your care needs, do you need someone with dementia experience for example
- Both party’s interests and hobbies
- Social engagements and personality
What is the cost of live-in care?
There is much to consider when it comes to organising a live-in carer. A major factor is the cost. When compared to residential care, domiciliary care actually represents great value for money.
Talk to our expert care team today
Contact our expert care team on 01453 839290 and discuss home care options for you or your loved one.
You may instead wish to send us a message via our online enquiry form. A member of our team will then be in touch within 24 hours to assist you.
Live-in Care FAQs
Below are the questions most often asked by Corinium Care clients. We hope the answers address most of your queries and allay any concerns you may have about live-in care. If you’d like to talk to someone in person, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01453 839290.
Live-in care provides people who are frail, elderly and vulnerable with the option of remaining safely in their own home but with care and support on hand to enable them to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Care can be in the form of practical, physical or emotional support depending on each client’s requirements.
Live-in care costs compare favourably with other options. The cost of care varies depending on needs of the individual and you should always speak to us for an accurate quote. An individual quotation can also be provided if two live-in carers are required.
Once a home visit has been undertaken by Corinium Care, we work quickly to find a suitable carer. We always endeavour to start as soon as a client requires us to do so. We do, however, make every effort to ensure the client and carer are well matched and that client preferences are taken into account. This can on occasion mean a short wait, however, currently we can have a carer in place in under 24 hours.
Client preferences are taken into account and we aim to place carers for the duration you have requested. Successful care packages generally work with a rota of a few carers whom the client is happy to see on a regular basis.
Yes. All our clients are offered the opportunity to tell us what they are looking for from their carer. We take their likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests into consideration and try to match the client to the carer as closely as possible, based on individual preferences. Clients are informed of their chosen carer details before their arrival so they know who to expect and a little bit about them.
If you are unhappy with your care arrangement at any stage, all you need to do is call us and we will do our utmost to come to a suitable arrangement as soon as possible.
All clients are encouraged to provide us with feedback about their carers and if for any reason a carer/client relationship is not working, clients can call us at any time and we will endeavour to find a suitable replacement as soon as possible in accordance with the client’s requirements.
We recognise that a care package depends on the rapport between client and carer. Inevitably there are occasions when things do not work out in which case we will change the carer. Experience has taught us, however, that a touch of understanding from both parties nearly always results in a satisfactory solution.
We ask that your carer has their own private bedroom with an easy chair / hanging space and drawers for clothes. A television set for their personal viewing is popular, as is access to the internet. Separate bathroom facilities are not a necessity. We also ask you to please ensure that your household budget is sufficient to provide a healthy and balanced diet for yourself and your carer.
Yes. We recognise that household pets often play a vital role in our clients’ lives. It is therefore important that looking after them is included in a client’s care plan.
This is not something that we will manage and any clients wishing carers to drive their cars must ensure that their car is adequately insured for the carer to drive. Be particularly careful if your carer is under 25 years old when arranging this insurance. Corinium Care is not liable should there be an accident. We require copies of full MOT and car insurance documents to be kept on file.
Corinium Care is registered as a care agency, so nursing qualifications are not a requirement for our carers. Many do however hold some form of professional nursing qualification but can only serve as live-in carers within an individual’s home.
Although our carers are in the client’s home for 24 hours, we ask that you give consideration to the length of the working day which, on average, should be no more than 10 hours. If the working day is longer, this can be accommodated and reflected in the care costs.
We generally ask that carers are provided with the equivalent of two hours off each day, usually between 2pm and 4pm or to suit the individual’s routine. Some clients are happy to enjoy some time alone daily whilst others prefer to make arrangements to have cover in place whilst their carer is on break. This is very much personal choice depending on the level of care required.
We do not train our carers to cook. However, we expect them all to have a good understanding of how to eat healthily and all are able to produce wholesome, well-balanced meals for their clients. Clients with specific dietary requirements would be asked about them at the time of the assessment to ensure suitable carers can be found to accommodate their needs.
Our live-in carers are engaged by Corinium Care Ltd on zero-hours contracts. Corinium Care Ltd is responsible for all payments to the carer including Employers’ National Insurance and all other benefits to which our care workers are entitled including holiday pay.
However grateful our clients may be for a job well done, we ask you not to offer any gratuities to your live-in carer. The carer is not supposed to receive gifts and such generosity could be misconstrued at a later date.
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