About Companions and Carers
Our companions and carers are selected by us for their kind & caring natures, their solid experience with and good references.
We look for companions who speak fluent English and who are dependable, empathetic, professional and understanding.
We also look for the right work attitude, being naturally comfortable in a caring role, being open to change, having good interpersonal skills and a stable personality.
We are happy to assure you that all our candidates are already in the UK so their references and visas are much easier to validate. They must also meet our strict registration criteria. See the 'Protection for You' page
They are all UK-based, although they are not all UK nationals. We pride ourselves on our due diligence and very detailed application forms. We ask them for everything, including verification of police checks, references, driving licenses and all other certificates and qualifications that our companions have achieved.
As Companions also sleep in the home overnight, for five or seven nights each week, there is added peace of mind that there is another adult in the house should you need any help or have an emergency.
Employed Companions would normally have one or two nights off, where they are not required to stay at the house if they choose not to. If you require your help to sleep in every night, that can be arranged, but it would be by mutual agreement. Self-employed Companions and Carers working on a rota will sleep in the house for seven nights a week.
If you require a companion who can drive your car, it is your responsibility as the host to ensure the car is insured.
Companions are matched according to the skills, training and experienced required. Not all companions are qualified or able to help with personal care so this needs to be established during your search.
Most companions can help with dressing and undressing, help with bathing, providing grooming, assisting to accommodate limited disability, giving out and monitoring the taking of medication, help with incontinence care, early dementia care, early Parkinson’s care, limited convalescence care and assisting with morning wake-up and evening tuck-in.
If the position requires the Companion to be up a great deal during the night, then you will need to discuss additional support for your Companion, so that they can make sure they get enough rest to ensure they are able to do their job properly.
Nursing care includes hoisting, PEG feeding, advanced dementia, advanced Parkinson’s, challenging behaviors and other specialist conditions. If you need nursing care, it may be more cost effective to combine a live-in companion with domiciliary nurse visits twice a day to help with the extra care a companion or a carer cannot provide. We do not provide matches for nursing care, but if this is what you need, we can often recommend agencies that do.
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