A Private Carer is a professional carer that assists seniors in the comfort of their own home. These individuals can help with a wide range of tasks and provide companionship, respite and support to seniors who are struggling with the daily challenges of living at home. This type of care is ideal for those who wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible and want the extra reassurance that comes with having a trusted carer in place.
For some, a private caregiver can be the difference between staying in their own homes and moving into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Hiring a private carer is a much less drastic and more comfortable alternative to relocating, and can often be far more affordable as well.
If you choose to hire a private carer independently, it’s important to remember that they are your employees and you are legally responsible for paying them, operating PAYE, national insurance and statutory sick pay (SSP) in addition to any additional benefits you wish to offer. Some families also choose to purchase extra liability home insurance coverage as a precaution against carer-related accidents or theft.
Choosing an agency to work with for the recruitment and vetting of your carer can save you time and hassle when hiring an individual, as the agencies will already have conducted all of the relevant checks for you. Additionally, many agencies will automatically insure all of their carer employees which provides peace of mind knowing that if anything does go wrong, you are covered. Private Carer