How to best choose a Live-in Carer

Live in care is becoming more and more popular within East Sussex, and there are a number of good reasons for that……

  • It combines a cost effective alternative to moving from your home, with one to one care, every day.
  • It allows you to keep your independence, make your own choices, and choose your own lifestyle.
  • You can keep all of your memories and familiar places around you.
  • It promotes better health care, mentally and physically.

If you or somebody you know is thinking about going ahead with live in care in East Sussex, then read on to find out how you can make the best choice for you/them.

First of all, you want to find a care provider that can accommodate your needs – do you need care day/night or at specific times?  Whatever you need, make sure they can offer it.

Next, do some research online about the companies you are considering using for the care.  Doing this will allow you to find out other people’s opinions on the companies and you can then compile a list of pros and cons for each of them to work out which ones might be better for you.  Remember, most people like to complain but not compliment so if there are a high number of good reviews this is generally a positive.

Once you’re happy with the list of companies that you have compiled, do some ringing around.  Speak to the companies directly, enquire with them about exactly what they can offer, how the service works, what it costs, and what their procedures are for emergency situations (e.g. bad weather) so you know that the care will still be provided if required during those events.

Once you have decided on a company to provide the care you need, you can arrange a meeting with them so that you can then iron out the finer details.  This time is an opportunity for the care provider to get to know about you (what’s important to you and those around you), and to offer their advice and guidance on how they will be able to assist moving forward.  At this stage you will then also be able to discuss your choice of carer (some people want carers of the same gender they are; others aren’t so bothered), and whether you are completely comfortable with them both in a personal and professional capacity as you are going to be seeing them a lot and they are essentially going to become a part of your life moving forward.

So there you have it in a nutshell.  All of you in East Sussex that are looking into live in care, take your time, do your research, and make sure you are happy with everything before committing to it 100%