How to find a private carer

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Perhaps one of the most difficult and challenging things in this life is getting older and growing ill. It is a tragedy that many families have to face, and sometimes it may be the case that the increasing needs of your loved one may be beyond your capacity to provide. Ill or older adult relatives often need complete round the clock care and this may require the help of a carer. Obviously, it is a very demanding and complex job which requires a great deal of kindness, patience, compassion and empathy. Nevertheless, many people do not know how to find a private carer. Let’s talk about how to find a private carer and some of the responsibilities that a good carer might face…

Responsibilities of a private carer

A private carer will work very intimately with the person that they are caring for. It is therefore very important to build a bond of trust. They may help with such things as washing and dressing the loved one, making food and helping with eating. One of the most challenging tasks that a carer can do, but that is absolutely essential – is maintaining that the hygiene of the loved one is maintained at all times. Additionally, A carer may help monitor the weight of the loved one and report any concerns that they may have. They must also make sure that the loved one is taking their prescribed medications.

However, the requirements of the job are emotional as well. A good carer must get to intimately know the interests and needs of the person that they are caring for. An older adult in need of care or ill person does not only have physical needs, but mental and emotional as well. A carer must support both the physical and mental well being of the loved one. Furthermore, they may work closely with the family, and possibly other social or healthcare professionals in order to give emotional and practical support. A carer may also help to organise leisure activities and outings.

How to find a private carer with the required skills

The job requirements are fairly extensive, but there are also a lot of skills that a person must have in order to be able to fulfill this role.

It goes without saying that the ideal carer should have a strong desire to help people, as well as the ability to work well with others. A carer must also have patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, as it may be the case that the person who is being cared for may not always be highly compliant or cooperative. The carer must be able to remain calm in stressful situations and above all must possess compassion and understanding

How Nomenial can help

Many families do not wish to place their older adult relative in a residential home. It is understandable that they want to try and preserve as much of their loved ones’ routine and old life as possible. So hiring a private carer to come into the house is a fairly popular choice. However, even when you have finally achieved the difficult task of finding a kind competent carer who is well qualified and up to the job, you must still take on all of the legal responsibilities of being an employer upon hiring them. This includes paying their wages and tax contributions correctly, as well as putting them on a pension plan and calculating their sick pay etc. Failure to do these things correctly can result in heavy fines.

Nomenial has extensive experience working with families and carers. We are able to pair you up with a carer who is both highly qualified and compassionate, and able to meet all of the needs of your loved one. We also take care of all of your responsibilities as an employer, so that once you have hired the carer, you do not need to worry about any of the bureaucratic legal obligations, such as calculating tax and enrolling them on a pension scheme. We will take care of all of this for you. Moreover, we offer you an ongoing relationship, in which we work closely with both you and the carer to ensure that your loved one receives the best care that they deserve.