A Realistic Alternative
In order to maintain independence at home many people have a live-in carer to be their Care Collaborator around the house at various times of day. This may be to assist or carry out varying tasks including involvement in all aspects of care (assistance with getting up, washing, personal hygiene etc.) and generally ‘keeping house’ (organising correspondence, cleaning, cooking, laundry, and ironing). It may include shopping or accompanying their client on visits to friends, to town or just out for a breath of fresh air.
Live in care offers individuals the flexibility to have a different agenda each day if they wish. People may not wish to do this but the flexibility is there nonetheless. The daily tasks of everyday living can be fulfilled by the Care Collaborator but he/she can also help with other activities.
InSafeHands wishes to embrace support for their clients but to be as unobtrusive as they need to be if their presence is not required. This allows clients to have the privacy they require in the comfort of their own home.
What tasks will my Care Collaborator carry out?
Care Collaborator’s will undertake almost anything you want them to. On an initial meeting an agreed plan of daily and weekly routines and tasks will be set up with you which prevent misunderstandings. The Care Collaborator s will use the agreed plans to base the daily activities on. All of our Care Collaborators are trained in all aspects of care as well as being experienced in ‘domestic duties’
What will my Care Collaborator NOT do?
Once InSafeHands have established precisely what you require on each visit we will work with the care plan to ensure your needs are met. We are unable to give injections or change sterile dressings and we will prompt medication taking but are not legally allowed to administer medication. We cannot carry out tasks which are likely to cause risk to either the person we provide care to or to our employees which is why we politely request that if any different tasks are needed please discuss with our office team first so that tasks can be assessed appropriately. Your Care Collaborator is there to help and care for you. We do not therefore normally cook or cater for guests. If there is anything outside your normal routine which you would like us to undertake, please give the InSafeHands office a ring and we will endeavour to get it sorted out for you.
How does InSafeHands recruit its Care Collaborators?
Care Collaborator s come from all sorts of backgrounds and with lots of different attributes. Our job is to identify which staff are best suited to each client and their care. Every applicant is interviewed face-to-face and references are taken up. The Care Collaborator s all share a caring nature but each staff member has gone through our In-house training programme which covers all aspects of the role. All our staff undergoes CRB clearance prior to employment.