Hiring a Carer

Hiring a Carer from an Agency vs.
Employing One on Your Own

We all go through hard times when we need the love and support of our friends and family. This is as true as ever when speaking about sick and elderly people. They are in great need of both emotional support and physical care, especially when they’re no longer able to carry on with usual everyday tasks and errands.

Do you have a family member or loved one that requires constant care due to their old age or health condition? Are you unable to devote enough of your personal time to provide the care required?

In that case, you should consider finding a helper – a carer who will provide high-level care and assistance to the person who needs it. This will leave you assured of their safety, and able to shoulder the other responsibilities in your life.

But the big question is: is it better to find and employ a carer on your own or hire from an agency?

While the concept of just finding a person to care for your loved one seems simple, it comes with several caveats and risks.

To begin with, there is the issue of finding the right person to entrust with the care of your loved one. Unless you have a family friend that specialises in care for the sick and elderly, you’ll likely be turning to classified or online search tools for help. While such tools let you look through a wide selection of offers and listings, the process of choosing a reliable and qualified carer is not as easy as it seems.

While you may want to believe all of the information about experience and care quality specified in a listing, it can be very hard to verify. Especially if you’ve never met the person before and only have this listing to judge by. Thus, you run a risk of getting a carer who’s not very qualified, which means your loved one will not get the level of care they deserve.

Another factor to keep in mind when hiring a private carer are the legalities. If you want solid legal guarantees regarding the care and services provided, you’ll need proper documentation.

That can be hard to put together, especially if this is your first time hiring a carer. Though the carer in question may offer their own legal provisions and documents, you’ll still need to do a fair amount of reading and analysing to make an informed choice. Not to mention the hassle you’ll need to go through to legally hire the carer.

If, on the other hand, you work with an agency like Care24Seven, you won’t have to deal with these legal issues, as we’ll take care of them for you.

When you engage the services of our agency, there are several major advantages right from the start. To begin with, you are dealing with a reputed organisation. This means you can look up our company, read information on our website, check out testimonials, and see the level of service offered. You will not need to worry about the hassle of paperwork and coming to an agreement with an individual. Instead, you can just use a “tried and true” formula with our company that has worked for hundreds of our customers.

We run full background checks and have training systems for our carers. This means you’ll never need to question their qualification and can expect anyone sent by our company to offer the highest level of care. Even if you have some feedback or suggestions, you’re free to share it with us, and our receptive carers will be ready to adapt and tailor their approach to care.

Finally, hiring the services of an agency will give you a backup option. There will always be someone available to care for your loved one, even if the usual carer falls ill or cannot make it due to emergency circumstances.

Experienced & Trustworthy

It is quite understandable if you want to know more about our company and specialists before coming to a choice. Our track record is great, and we are more than willing to share the statistics with you. To begin with, we should mention that our services are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This commission has the power to inspect agencies and enforce standards, making sure that the services being provided are up to par with standards. Our recent evaluation resulted in a “Good” rating, and the full report is available here.

Speaking about additional evaluations (especially pertaining to our care staff), we run various background checks on all potential carers, such as: CRB/DBS check, Professional References and Character References. This ensures that only the most experienced and trustworthy people are afforded the opportunity to care for your loved one.

We are proud to offer you a hassle-free solution in a difficult time, and offer the highest level of care and support to your loved one.

So, give us a call and tell us more about the situation. Once we get the general picture of the circumstances, we’ll have a manager or carer sent to meet with you and iron out the details. Once you’re happy with the price, care conditions, timetable and other factors you can leave your loved one in our caring hands. It all begins with a call, so give us a ring today!

Getting started

Whether you have already chosen us as your palliative care UK provider or are still checking out the different options, it will not hurt to give us a phone call.

Once you get in touch with us, we will make every effort to reach an arrangement and decide on a care plan that will suit your wishes and needs. After everything is arranged and confirmed, you can soon expect an experienced and forward-looking caregiver to show up on your doorstep, ready to assist with the challenges that lie ahead.

“Outstanding Service”

Thank you so much for looking after my mother. I have been around to see her today,
and the flat has never looked cleaner or better maintained. Thanks finally
for doing the laundry and for the spotless state of the flat.
You are a marvel!

Mrs P S, Notting Hill

“Thank you”

I just wanted to thank you for the great care that you
have provided for my mother. She had a really lovely Christmas Day
and was very happy for that. Thank you, and many thanks once again.

Mr A S, London

“Wonderful Care”

Thank you all for the wonderful care that mummy’s getting.
I couldn’t ask for better.

Linda C, London

“Great Professionalism”

Since Care24Seven took over the care at home of my father and mother,
I have been very pleased with the professionalism and care you have shown.
In particular, there has been a marked improvement in my father’s mental
and physical wellbeing.

Mrs S MacD, Barnes

Why Hundreds of Families
Have Already Chosen Us

1:1 Care Ratio: Unlike hospitals or care facilities that have one staff member per a group of elderly, we offer one-on-one care. This means the carer will devote all their time and attention to your loved one and their needs.

48 Hour Contract: We know how unexpectant life can be, and are flexible and ready to accommodate any situation. We have a short contract, which means that you only pay for what you use and can start and stop care at any time, adjusting as needed.

Quality of service: Entrusting the care of your loved ones to somebody you have not known for very long can feel like a risk, but we can assure you of the highest level of care. Our carers will cater to the major and minor needs of your loved one, and provide them with the greatest level of care and treatment that they deserve.

Financial benefits: With the rising costs of care facility services, care at home is proving to be the cheaper option. That’s not surprising as it excludes many of the expenses you would otherwise be paying for in a facility, such as rent and wages, and may even help your loved one qualify for funding help.

A certified training centre: Not only do we have over a million hours of care behind our belt, but we’re a certified training centre ourselves. This means that not only do we train our own carers face-to-face, but we also train other carers from all over the country.

Get in Touch Today

We provide expert advice and a free, no obligation, care assessment service.
Call our London specialists now and let us help you chose the right care for your loved one.

Call us now on 0203 893 2993 or request a callback from one of our team