Claire Williams

How to find a top carer

Claire Williams
How to find a top carer

Trying to find a suitable carer for a relative can seem a daunting task

With the help of SuperCarers we’ve compiled some useful tips to help you find the right person for the job.

Dignity is king

Dignity can be one of the first things that’s lost when caring for the elderly, but ensuring it is maintained is vital. It’s very hard for those caring to balance delivering (or finding) the compassionate and responsive care needed with their own time pressures and busy lifestyle. With this in mind, it’s crucial that families with loved ones who require care are supported and empowered to source the best possible home care. 

Find someone your relative can rely on

When on the hunt for a carer it’s important to remember that your vulnerable relative will be relying on that person to help them live their lives from day-to-day, so it’s vital that you find a carer who is both reliable and responsible. Things like being unable to meet occasional caring commitments or taking a relaxed attitude to duties may seem insignificant to you, but can have serious adverse effects the person being cared for.

Make sure your carer is both understanding and empathetic

Needing care to carry out basic daily tasks most of us take for granted is not easy, so when sourcing a carer it’s important to remember this and find someone who is understanding and able to empathise with those being cared for. Without the ability to understand how impairments affect the lives of those being cared for, it’s impossible to provide adequate care.

Getting to know each other is vital

You’ll remember your loved one as the younger and healthier version of themselves, so when you’re looking for a carer you want to be confident that they will invest the time to get to know them too. This will ensure they don’t just see the impairment and symptoms of impairment, but can deliver the most compassionate care by looking beyond this. Make sure to find a carer who you feel will get to know them, will look past the impairment and see the person, and give better and more individual care.

Too much emotional involvement should be avoided

While a certain degree of empathy is beneficial, you also don’t want a carer to become too emotionally involved with the lives and difficulties of clients. This is almost impossible as a family member who is also caring, but it shouldn’t be for a professional carer. Caring can be difficult at times so it’s important to find someone whom you feel will be able to remain professional and focused on the best delivery of care.

 Genuine concern for the welfare of others is the base of good care

Caring isn’t a career for those who just want to make money, it can be physically and mentally draining, but for people with a genuine concern for the welfare of others, it can be very rewarding. If you’re considering finding a carer for one of your relatives, take some time to think about their personal attributes and capacity for empathy, if you feel they’re feigning interest in the comfort and happiness of your relative they may not be the right person. 

  • Tips from Adam Pike, Co-Founder and CEO of  SuperCarers
  • For more advice on carers see Yours magazine, out every fortnight, on a Tuesday.