Getting what you want from your live-in carer



When choosing your care, you would likely have looked at what YOU WANT in terms of the level you want to receive. According to the ‘Better at home report’ created by the Live In Care Hub (www.liveincarehub.co.uk), many people choose live in care because it gives them more independence. But. it is important when choosing a live in carer to have clear guidelines about what it is you need and would like from them.

Why do I need a care plan?

By writing and agreeing a care plan, it will show how the live in carer can help you meet these needs.  It is important for your peace of mind and for the live in carer to know what is expected and whose responsibility these things are.

The care plan could cover not just what you want, but also things like when will they be able to have breaks, what type of assistance may you need overnight, and what you will do to ensure the carer gets sufficient sleep or time to make up for this.  Making a clear plan, and highlighting responsibilities so all parties are clear is the key to a good working relationship from the outset. The care plan should make it clear how you wish to be supported and what the carer will get in terms of time off and breaks in return.

Physical help

Your plan with the carer should also cover the type of physical help you need. This could cover whether you need help to dress and undress each day and what time of day you like this to happen.

Ask yourself before creating a care plan whether you would like made for you? Do you like to be involved in food preparation but need support or is the carer to be responsible for cooking? What food do you like and when do you like to eat? Covering all bases will ensure that the carer has a clear picture of the types of meals, variety and times they will need to prepare them with or for you.  Also cover who is responsible for shopping, and what level of support you need with this.

The live in carer will want to know about your hobbies, your social activities, and what support they can offer to help you keep up with those you want to.  This will be written into your care plan.

As well as this, the care plan can also show whether you require help with form filling, making appointments, help in remembering your routines etc.

Medical care

Your care plan should also cover details of any medical conditions you have, how the carer can and will assist you in keeping medical appointments, managing medications, and whose responsibility this is.

It’s not just about you and your carer

They will also need details of the important people in your life, and the care plan should cover your wishes to notify these people of your wishes, whereabouts and wellbeing should you be unable to do so. or you need assistance to keep in contact with them.

The important thing to remember is that the care plan is to enable you to get what you want from your live in carer.  If it is important to you, then make sure that it is covered in your care plan, and that both you and the live in carer are happy with the plan and how it will work in practice.