I want to be a carer. But how?

Ever said “I want to be a carer” but didn’t know how to go about it? we’ve got you covered. There are many reasons for someone to become a carer, some are personal, some are not. But no matter what your reasoning behind becoming a carer is, and whether you want to work on the

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Managing Clients with Parkinson’s

A lot of people know all about Alzheimer’s or Vascular Dementia, but fewer know about Parkinson’s. On top is this, our understanding of Parkinson’s is changing, as are the treatments, so it is important to keep up, to keep ahead. The Basics What is Parkinson’s Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological condition. This means that

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Managing Clients with Dementia

In your time as a carer, you will have worked with multiple dementia patients. Because so many of your patients suffer from Dementia, it is important to keep your knowledge up-to-date. The Basics: What is Dementia: Dementia is an umbrella term that describes a range of neurological disorders. No experience of dementia is identical, but

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Risk Assessment for Carers: Downloadable PDF and Guidance

Identifying and managing the risks in your client’s home keeps you and them safe. Conduct a risk assessment for the care you will be delivering, during your introductory visit, or your first visit. Doing it during your intro visit is a great way to assure your client that you are a competent professional. You are

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Managing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Much of the following, you will already know, from training and from your own reading and experience. However, Multiple Sclerosis affects more people every day, so it is worthwhile keeping your knowledge up-to-date. Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a life-long neurological condition that affects the nerves and spinal cord. Though MS is a chronic disease, it

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Moving and Handling when working for Private Clients

Moving and handling is a central part of caring for the elderly. You will have been training in it multiple times. As an independent carer, working for private clients, you are required to stay up to date with all the manual handling regulations. You must understand all the policies and procedures before lifting any load.

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Taking your Client to the Toilet

This is an area you know about, and have been trained in, however, it is useful to look at the basics from time to time, to remind ourselves of how to handle toileting, when working with new clients. Considering emotions: Helping a client use the toilet or a bedpan can be a difficult and sometimes

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Managing your Client’s Incontinence

Incontinence is a delicate subject for clients and their loved ones and should be approached with sensitivity and compassion. Although a common problem for men and women of all ages, incontinence can drastically reduce a person’s quality of life if not actively managed. What is incontinence? You will know this from your training, however, for

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Preparing Food Safely when Caring for Others

As a professional carer, it is important to pay close attention to food safety. If you are preparing means for your clients and you don’t follow the correct guidelines, you could find yourself in trouble. Here, we hope to give you a little guidance on preparing food safely. The rules: The Food Safety Act 1990

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Delivering good Food and Nutrition as a Carer

As a carer, it is important that you make sure that the patients you work with are properly fed and care for. This means working with the patient and the family to make sure that they have a healthy and balanced a diet as possible. Designing and delivering a healthy and balanced diet plan can

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Keeping Your Carer Certifications Up to Date

As an independent carer, you are responsible for keeping your training certificates up to date. This includes any documents proving your practical skills, which are often necessary components of any training you have received. Keeping up to date with the latest methods, techniques and information is beneficial for both you and your client and will

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Handling tax and money responsibilities as a self-employed private carer

When you begin working with a private client, you may be classed as self-employed. The definition is constantly changing to accommodate new business models, so it is important that you check what you are classed as yourself. If you work for multiple clients, can set your own wage and are not supervised then, at the

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Handling Money for Clients as a Private Carer

As an independent carer, you may be asked to support with finance-related tasks and make purchases for your clients. Handling money can require a lot of trust, so making sure you and your client are as protected as possible is important for earning it. Why would you need to handle your client’s money? Unfortunately, many

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Carer Training for Private Carers

Being a great carer is all about care, compassion, consideration, and the ability to communicate effectively. Knowing how to work professionally and deliver care safely is important, so what carer training should you be doing as a private carer? As a carer, you are expected to have good observational skills, whilst delivering a high standard

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How to Become a Private Carer and Why

There are lots of reasons to become an independent carer or decide to pick up a few private clients around your existing work and family commitments. Why you should become a private carer Earn more: You take home everything you earn, whereas agencies take up to 70% of the amount charged to the client Work

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