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When should you consider getting a housekeeper-carer?

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We all want to stay in a clean and well-organised environment. However, keeping everything in place might be challenging sometimes, especially if you have children or elderly relatives at home that you need to look after. You may find it hard to do it all at the same time but it is okay to ask for help.

Asking for help is common these days. However, you have to be specific about which type of service you need. Do you need assistance with elderly care as well as managing your home? In this article, we will help you determine when should you consider getting a housekeeper-carer.

When should you consider getting a housekeeper-carer

When should you consider getting a housekeeper-carer?

Getting a housekeeper-carer might be a new experience for most families. That is why we are here to give you more information about this kind of service. Having a better understanding of this concept will help you make the right decision.

A housekeeper-carer is someone who can provide elderly care for you while at the same time being in charge of the household chores. They are willing to give you a helping hand so you can focus on more important things and spend more time with your family.

Housekeeper-carers are the best of both worlds. They are completely flexible to your needs and can work according to your preferences, whether you require more elderly care than housekeeping or vice versa.

A family who lives with an elderly parent, for example, may find it difficult to tend to all their needs whilst making sure that their home is running smoothly at the same time. It may be time-consuming and prevent them from taking care of other important daily tasks. If you are in this kind of situation, it would be advisable to hire a housekeeper-carer.

This will be of great help especially if you are a busy person who has to balance your work and family responsibilities. You won’t need to worry about your loved one being alone at home or having a terrible accident as you will know that there is someone who will attentively care for them. In addition to this, you will also have more time to rest after a very stressful day as the housekeeper-carer will be there to make sure everything is running smoothly.

On the other hand, if you are an elderly person and you are living on your own, hiring a housekeeper-carer will surely be beneficial for you. Although you are still capable of taking care of yourself, because of old age you may find it difficult to do the usual chores just like before. You may get tired easily and the risk of injury is also higher when you are living on your own.

A housekeeper-carer will be happy to assist you in all aspects of your daily routine as well as managing your home. They can make sure that your home is in pristine condition, taking care of any household tasks you require.

Most housekeeper-carers are also capable of preparing and cooking meals for you. They are confident cooks who are knowledgeable with different cooking techniques and cuisines such as British, Indian, or Mediterranean. Others may have experience with Halal or Kosher as well.

You can choose whether you need a housekeeper-carer who will work on a full-time or part-time role. A full-time housekeeper-carer usually works for 35 to more hours per week but if you need them just for a few days or a few hours then a part-time housekeeper-carer would be ideal.

You can also search for a live-in housekeeper-carer if you want them to isolate with you, for instance. This means that you have to provide them with a room for them during their stay. However, if you want a live-out housekeeper-carer then you can look for someone who lives in your local area or someone within walking distance from your home.

What are the common duties and responsibilities of a housekeeper-carer?

We know that every family is special and has different needs which is why our housekeeper-carers are flexible to provide the assistance you need. We have listed the common duties of a housekeeper-carer below:

  1. They will help you with personal hygiene and grooming
  2. They will assist you in bathing or showering
  3. They will administer your medications at the right time
  4. They will document all the medicines you take
  5. They will liaise with your doctors
  6. They will organise and accompany you to your doctor’s appointments
  7. They will join you on walks around the neighbourhood
  8. They will provide mobility support around the home and while out
  9. They will take care of the household chores such as hoovering, mopping, and dusting
  10. They will do the laundry and hand wash delicates
  11. They will do the ironing and arrange your wardrobe.
  12. They will run errands and do grocery shopping
  13. They will cook and prepare meals based on your preferences
  14. They will clean and polish antiques
  15. They will clean the garden and drive

These are just some of the tasks of a housekeeper-carer. During your initial consultation with a care agency, you can specify your exact needs and requirements. A care agency such as Guardian Carers will ensure that you are paired with a housekeeper-carer who can satisfy any of your needs.

Why use a care agency in finding the right housekeeper-carer?

Finding someone who can provide elderly care and has expertise in housekeeping is not an easy task. There are a lot of things to consider when hiring a housekeeper-carer. However, we are delighted to help you in your search for the perfect candidate for you or your loved one.

Here at Guardian Carers, we have specialist care consultants who are skilled in placing carers, companions and housekeepers all over the UK. Our team will make sure that only the best candidates will be sent through and have the privilege of meeting you. We have fantastic housekeeper-carers who are ready to start right away. If you would like to speak to us about hiring a housekeeper-carer, you can contact 0207 183 1395. We are here to help.

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