Many disabled people who need live-in care decide to employ their own care worker and similarly many families who have elderly relatives consider going down the same route.
Becoming an employer of a live-in care worker can be a successful arrangement, but as an employer there are certain legal obligations that must be complied with:
The DirectGov site at http://www.direct.gov.uk is a comprehensive website with full, helpful information and guidance.
Should your live-in carer become sick you may not have access to any replacement live-in carers. Whereas this may not be a problem for a few days, if the worker is sick for longer, this may cause a problem.
It is advisable to have an option in place for when your live-in carer is having annual leave, currently a minimum of four weeks.
Health and Safety issues with reference to personal safety for yourself and your live-in care worker have to be considered not only with reference to the work to be carried out but with reference to the fact that your home becomes a workplace.
The disciplinary procedures must be followed in the case of any dispute and this can in a home situation sometimes cause problems.
There are statutory agencies and charitable organisations throughout the UK who can offer advice and guidance with reference to employing your own live-in care worker and a call to any social services or Age UK office can direct you to such assistance.
Able Community Care has been providing continuous and short term live-in care packages since 1980. If you think we may be able to help, please call 01603 764567 for further information or visit our services page to find out what we can offer you.