Hiring The Right Carer
Finding the right carer for your loved ones can be a challenging and sensitive experience, for some this can be a straight forward process but for many the process can be fraught with stress and disagreement often initiated by a sudden event. One thing can be said, finding the right carer for family members and loved ones can make all the difference.
Finding the right carer comes down to creating a good match with the person being cared for, their traits, personality and character all play a factor in paring people together. Of course, there will be a substantial amount of time spent in one another’s company and this is no easy feat. The carer must be well natured, physically fit, qualified, trustworthy and professional. The most effective partnerships come when the carer and the person being cared for truly enjoy each other’s company.
One of the most important pieces of information to take away begins with asking the right questions. This can often be overlooked and is critical in finding the right carer. Firstly, ask yourself what your expectations are? Do you have the same expectations as the carer with regards to days, hours, holidays, length of contract, commitment and pay? Can the carer provide background checks and references? Technicalities need to be addressed before the search can start, finding the right carer is difficult, commitments can change and this can lead to problems in the future.
Questions to ask your carer
- What is your experience as a carer? And why did you become a carer?
- What makes you qualified to carry out the job? And have you cared for someone in a similar situation before?
- What tasks and responsibilities are you comfortable with carrying out? These might be medical care, personal care, cleaning and driving.
- What are the most rewarding things about your job? Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had.
- What are your interests and what do you like to do for fun?
A carer will become an important person in your loved one’s life, so it is important to invest time in getting to know one another. For your relationship and partnership to flourish on a deeper level here are some ideas for conversations and activities.
For a healthy connection why not go out for a drink, lunch or coffee. Cooking together can be a good way to break down barriers, sharing culinary ideas and recipes. Talk about common interests such a music tastes and hobbies. Play a board game or puzzle and challenge one another in a friendly manner.
Finding the right carer and getting to know one another takes time and patience. Rivendell Care are a care agency based in Barnet, London and operate UK wide. We help find loved ones the right carer, and match people based on professional and personal criteria. People and care are at the heart of our business, we take away the burden of dealing with the legalities involved in personally finding a carer and employing someone. For more information call Rivendell Care or contact us via the contact form.