Tips for finding the best live-in carer

April 22, 2020 11:24 am


  1. Background

Step one must be to check that those you are interviewing have the right skillset and relevant work experience. You might want caregivers who have work experience in the same situation as your own. This is especially important if your loved one suffering from certain conditions, such as dementia. You should be looking for up to date in-house training, NVQ qualifications or a background in nursing. However, the most important aspect is to check both references and that the carer holds a current DBS certificate. For information on Live in Carers, visit a site like, specialists in Live in Carers

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  1. Be honest from the beginning

This may sound obvious, but it is important to emphasize. You must be totally transparent about the intensity and the duration of treatment you expect to need. It might be that any care requirements could change from time to time, but do not underestimate what is involved now or you could end up with a miserable carer who had no idea what they were signing up for.

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  1. Have a trial shift

Even though you may need a carer as a matter of some urgency, you shouldn’t hire someone who will be living in without at least having a trial shift or period. You want to see how that person works, and how they interact with your loved one. They can be the best caregiver in the world, but if there is no connection or a clash of personality, it won’t be possible for it to work on a long-term live-in basis. Take heed of your instinct; you’ll likely be able to tell if the relationship can grow stronger over time.