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How to find the right carer for your elderly family member in the UK?

The locations we cover at Guardian Carers

Finding the right carer for your elderly family member in the UK may seem like a daunting prospect. However, this task will prove less challenging with the help of a professional care agency such as Guardian Carers.

Guardian Carers can help you find the right carer for your elderly family member no matter what needs and requirements they may have and regardless of what location they may be living in. Working closely with you and your elderly family member, we will decipher the daily obstacles they need assistance with, understand how they wish to spend their time and what is most important to them.

Elderly family member in the UK

What to look out for when searching for the right carer

There are a few things you should look out for when searching for the right carer for your elderly family member. Firstly, you should lay out the expectations you have from a carer to be prepared when making your initial call with a care agency. You should note down what your family member requires in terms of care needs, medical needs, housekeeping needs and anything in between.

Secondly, you should ensure that the carer has the desired amount of professional care experience as well as any specific experience, such as experience with a condition or illness your elderly family member may have or experience with tasks such as moving and handling, for example. More than this, you can also require them to hold specific qualifications or certifications. It is highly advised that you enlist the help of a care agency such as Guardian Carers, as they will be able to provide exactly what you need.

Thirdly, you should ensure that the carer has a clean background and can provide employer references. Again, this is something which a care agency such as Guardian Carers will do for you. A specialist care consultant will conduct an enhanced DBS check, also known as a Police check. They will also request to see employer references and verify these by contacting the previous employers by phone.

What locations we cover at Guardian Carers

Here at Guardian Carers, we offer a premium home care service in any locations in the UK. Our home care service provides your elderly family member with a helping hand around the home and with their daily life so that they can live life independently and remain in their home for as long as possible.

Our home care service is completely customisable to your elderly family member’s needs and their schedule. Our service is available as a live-in or live-out option and on a full-time or part-time basis, depending on what sort of assistance you are looking for. More than this, you also have the option of choosing a temporary or permanent service.

As mentioned earlier, our service covers the whole of the UK. So, no matter what location your elderly family member is based in, we will be able to find them the right carer. We can place carers in popular urban areas as well as remote rural villages. To give you an idea of the areas we cover, here are just some of the hundreds of locations we can provide care in the UK: Barnes, Berkshire, Cobham, Hertfordshire, Esher, Oxfordshire, Kent, York, Buckinghamshire, Edinburgh, Belfast, etc.

You should also be aware that Guardian Carers is also an international service. This means that we can provide care internationally. We have previously worked with families in Dubai, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, just to name a few. More than this, we also have many European and International carers on our books. So if your elderly family member requires someone to speak their mother tongue, we can ensure we find the right carer for them, based on this specification.

How we can support you in finding the right carer for your elderly family member

Taking the first step in finding the right carer for your elderly family member can understandably be a daunting thought, which is why consulting an agency such as Guardian Carers is essential in ensuring that your search goes as smoothly and stress-free as possible. We know that we will make this time in your life as easy as it can be, as our specialist care consultants will be with you and your family each step of the way.

We offer you step by step support. With us, you have access to expert, experienced advice whenever you need. Your personal consultant will find out all they need to know about your elderly loved one, which will ensure that they find them the right carer.

Your personal consultant will be the one to recruit carers and interview them face to face or via video call. During the interview process, they check carers’ skills, experience and qualifications. They also verify the provided employer references by phone to ensure authenticity. More than this, they also conduct an enhanced DBS check, which verifies the carers’ backgrounds.

Once this process is finished, your personal consultant will offer you a selection of carers which match your requirements exactly. All you need to do is choose the carers which you think will be the best fit for your elderly family member. You then have the option to interview them yourself as well, something which we highly advise you to do.

As soon as you make your decision, your personal consultant will finalise the employment contract and support you with anything else you may need. If you choose a permanent care placement, you will benefit from a 6-month replacement guarantee and our payroll service will also be free to use for the first 6 months.

If you would like to know more about how our home care service works and how we can help you find the right carer for your elderly family member, you can speak to one of our specialist care consultants on 0207 183 1395.

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