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A 5-step guide to choosing care at home

Choosing care for a loved one can be very daunting. Here is Guardian Carers’ guide to help you select the best care solution for your family. 

1. Establish the needs

Before you decide to enlist the services of a care agency, you first need to establish what your loved one needs. Do they simply need some company and help with chores around the house or do they need someone to help with personal care and mobility? Do they need someone to come in for a few hours per day or someone to work full-time? It would be useful to make a list of all the needs and requirements.

2. Set up a budget 

The rates in the home care industry are very competitive. But the price for hiring a carer at home is still more affordable than the one of a care home. It’s important to set up a budget. Understandably, budgeting and financing for care can be difficult, but Guardian Carers can provide any advice you need and search for the carer that fits your requirements.

3. Carry out research 

A service such as Guardian Carers provides only a premium service, with a personalised touch, where your loved ones’ safety and comfort is the number one priority.​ ​Only with them can you interview the carers before you hire. They will also do all the work for you. They research the right carers, interview them, thoroughly vet them and check their references verbally. They even take care of all the paperwork in your place – contracts, payroll and payslips.

4. Reach a mutual family decision

Once you’ve drawn up a plan, hold a family meeting to discuss the right course of action. Involve your parents or grandparents in the decision-making process, if they are able to make their own choices. Do not ignore them. Even if they may suffer from a memory altering condition, their views on certain matters should still be consulted. It is important to make them feel that their opinion matters.

5. Interview the carers 

The last and most important step is interviewing the carers. Setting itself apart from other care agencies in the UK, Guardian Carers offers you the opportunity to hold ​face to face interviews with carers before hiring. After learning more about your needs and requirements, Guardian Carers will send you the best-suited candidate profiles. We will then schedule interviews so that you can get to see which carer you connect to. All you have to do next is pick the one you love most. We’ll take care of all the paperwork.

Guardian Carers takes the hassle out of finding a carer on your own. We have collated more information about the qualifications, skills, and expectations of a carer in our ​Care Brochure​. Download the brochure today and share it with whoever needs to know more about care. You can also call our specialist consultants on 0207 112 8537.

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