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Finding a short term live in carer - Carers UK Forum

Finding a short term live in carer

Share your ideas about the practical side of caring.
Hello everyone,

My first post to the forum, which I've only just discovered. It looks really good!

My OH and I have been helping to care for her nonagenarian parents for a few months. They have multiple disabilities but are in the very fortunate position to be able to pay for visiting carers - who are really good - twice a day in addition to the support we can provide.

We would like to find a live-in carer for a couple of weeks so that we can take a break later in the year. The care firm my in-laws are using doesn't provide this service and I'm wondering what practical advice anyone has for finding someone to do this later in the year. The choices seem to be another relative (not practical, they're all working), an agency (there are some locally who provide respite live-in care, or a private individual.

I'd be particularly interested in pitfalls to be avoided. I've tried searching the forums but the search engine doesn't allow 'live in' as a search term and 'residential' results in posts concerned with care homes.

Thanks in advance for any help with this.
A search through Google or any other search engine ... LIVE IN CARER CONSIDERATIONS ... will reveal a host of commercial sites together with guidance from several " Charities " ... including WHICH with a couple of links , especially on the legal side.

https://www.which.co.uk/elderly-care/ho ... ve-in-care

https://www.which.co.uk/elderly-care/ho ... a-relative

NHS Choices always a good port of call :

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-ca ... your-home/

.... as is The Money Advice Service site :

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/e ... -your-care


A potential new world awaits ... as an employer ... and all the ramifications of current legislation before you ... from the initial interview to a possible dismissal ... and all stops inbetween ... like a minefield without the benefit of all of them appearing on a map ?
Even if your local care agency doesn't provide live in carers, lots do - so phone around till you find one that does. Since the carer will be living in, it doesn't matter if the agency is miles away!

My friend has a live in carer for her dad with dementia, when she wants (needs!) to get a break. It works pretty well. The cost is something over a hundred pounds a day - might be more if there are two patients, plus you have to provide food etc. It may depend on just how much care your parents need.

You are NOT an employer if you use an agency, as the agency employs the carer.That means all the issues like insurance (both to insure against accident to your parents and their house, AND if the carer falls downstairs etc!) is covered by the agency. Plus things like national insurance, checking if the carer is not in the UK illegally etc etc, is all taken care by the agency. Much better and easier and less risky - but possibly more expensive! - than employing someone.

Only if you want a permanent live in carer should you consider directly employing???
Those suggestions sound very helpful. Did you carry on looking or did you give up like most of us do. If you found someone, was it worthwhile? Your comments would be really helpful - I know most people just can't find the energy to carry on looking!