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The role of the carer is to provide the following:
Monitoring and coordination medication, therapy and doctor visits. Helping with personal hygiene care in a respective dignifying way Assisting with toiletry and incontinence pad needs Keeping clients mobile and helping with mobility assistance Encouraging clients to keep their independence and promoting choice Providing companionship and escort to social activities.
However, this list is not extensive and the Care-Plan will indicate the required needs as agreed with the client.
Privacy A carer must have her own room with TV. However, internet access will suffice if there is no aerial. Internet Access: We consider access to the internet a valuable asset to enable the live in carers to maintain contact with their friends and family members and receive e-mails, which are work and training related. In some areas, phone signal is extremely poor. Where clients do not have or wish to have the internet an agreement can be made with Precious Support to pay for this service. Bed Linen: All carerís bed linen to be supplied by client (two sets). Two kitchen aprons for carer to use and wash as necessary for kitchen use. Towels- Carers supply their own towels. Laundry facilities: Use of washing machine and laundry facilities for carer (twice a week max) (carers to supply their own washing powder) and require use of iron and ironing board when necessary. Use of drier or washing line or rack. Carerís food: A food allowance of 35-49pound a week paid for by the client to the carer - depending on what is supplied by the client. (This enables the client to know how much the food is costing rather than allowing carers to order what they want or use the clientís food) It is also a choice given to respect the varying needs of the diets of the carers and any allergies. At the higher rate, the carerís food allowance will include her tea coffee milk drinks of any type and at the lower rate the client will provide tea coffee sugar and drinks. The carer will require use of cooking facilities and kitchen to cook and prepare their own fresh food, which they should do when they are on their ďon-duty callĒ and not in their two-hour break. They should be allowed to do this at least once a day. Use of kettle as required Ė to make drinks. The carer should have her own food cupboard and adequate space in the fridge and freezer to store her food. Hygeine: The carer is entitled to a daily shower without interruption, which should be taken before the start of the day 7.00am or after 22.00hrs, as preferred by the carer, or if she wishes during her break. The client will supply adequate anti-bacterial hand wash soap in all hand washing areas for the use of the carer or anyone else who enters the property including kitchen roll for drying hands.(district nurses doctors etc) The client to supply all cleaning products for whatever purpose. The carer will have her own gloves and aprons for personal care. Working time regulations: Carerís by law can work a max. of 11.12hours a day. (The rest of the time they are on-call.) This can be any time between 07.00am and 22.00hrs with the exception of the two hour break, which must be in one block and totally undisturbed completely off-call. This time should not be used to do clientís chores e.g. shopping, collecting prescriptions etc. If the needs exceed this limit then the care package will be re-assessed to include extra carers at extra cost. (night care, or sits) Any night working by the Live in Carer has to be compensated with time off at extra cost for a replacement carer to the client or to commissioning. (Night time working regulations) Regular breaks should be agreed and taken, which may be considered in their on-call time between 7am and 10pm. Breaks for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner. Adequate would be a minimum of 20mins. Carers are to manage this with the client. The carers are still on-call for emergencies during this time. Specific Live in Care Duties not relating to care: Cleaning: Carers will only keep clean: 1 area of seating for client. (lounge, or dining area) One bedroom for client. (including changing bed, washing linen and all clothes) Downstairs hallway, Kitchen including cooker and microwave floor and surfaces, bathroom and or separate toilet, their own living area bedroom/bathroom. The carer is not responsible for cleaning windows, spring-cleaning, washing curtains or any household chores, which are clearly heavy duty, cleaning of carpets etc. Where there has been a spillage the carer will attempt to remove the stain from the carpet. Any other parts of the house especially in a large house the client has to ensure a cleaner is employed or that a family member does it. Carers will not be responsible for dusting clutter such as large bookshelves, areas that contain multiple ornaments, clientís offices, any other bedrooms or other areas. Carerís will be expressly responsible for the client and although it is polite to offer tea, coffee, biscuits to guests, they will not be responsible for clearing up after relatives or providing meals for them. Handovers: The handovers should be left undisturbed for up to two hours and it is not part of the carerís break. Insurance: Clients should choose to protect their household contents against accidental damage if they so require. If it is proven that the client has suffered a loss due to a carer being negligent, ex: the carer not following the washing instructions, then that carer will be liable for the cost of the item. For accidental breakages ex: cups, plates, glasses etc. the carer will not be responsible. HSE Safety:
All clients should be in possession and provide evidence of:
Gas Safety check. Electrical safety check
Our Live in Carers give up their own lives to live 24/7 in someone elseís house, sometimes in the most difficult of situations, and we are very proud of the high standard of care and consistency that we achieve and provide. Our carers are treated with the utmost respect and are supported 24/7 to deal with any issues they may encounter. Many of our carers have been with us since we first started live in care. It is this efficient level of communication between managers, carers, clients, family members and other professionals which enables your loved one to be cared for and looked after impeccably.
Part of our policies and procedures is that the carers do take their breaks and carers found not to be complying with this could be faced with disciplinary action.
Please note our carers are NOT household staff their tasks are totally determined by the care plan which is derived by the client, Precious Support Services, carers and any other relevant professionals and family members. This is a living documents that is modified as required but a full review is carried out every 4/5 months.