Guardian Carers Feature on BBC News London

How to choose your Home Care agency?

Knowing where to start your search for a professional carer for an elderly at home can be difficult and very time consuming, especially if you don't know what type of care you may acquire. There are many different agencies offering different care packages from respite care to comprehensive live-in care. With an agency, like Guardian Carers you have access to expert and experienced advice. Agencies take away the hassle and stress from you and find you a candidate who would be a seamless addition to your household.

Before considering a Home Care agency it is important to consider your budget and remember how long you need your care for and whether you or your loved one qualify for any benefits. Reputation is also key, hearing first hand from someone how has received care from a company can be a valuable source of information. Established companies, such as Guardian Carers will have a detailed website with almost all the information you need on them. It is also easy to find the contact information to discuss any other questions you may have or how to start your search for a private home carer.

Ensuring you work with a care agency that provides not only the type of care you require, in the location you require is essential. But it is also important to think about what if your care needs change or develop? Will they be able to mould to your care needs as they adapt? You might start off requiring someone who comes a few times a week but then require a live in carer, or alternatively, you might have a live-in carer and realise that a housekeeper carer is now the best option for your needs.

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