What is the right salary for a home carer?
You may be wondering the salary of a home carer when considering care for a loved one. Here we look at what factors determine the cost of a carer, and how much they earn.
As there are so many different types of home carers, it’s hard to provide a one-size-fits-all answer. Several factors will affect the right salary in any given set of circumstances, including geographical location, any special requirements and the required level of experience and qualification of the carer.
However, you do get your money’s worth. If you require a more experienced home carer, you will almost invariably find that this affects the carer’s salary.
What does a home carer do?
Home carers provide flexible support to individuals who need help with a variety of everyday tasks. Most home carers work with elderly care recipients who want to remain in their own home or the home of a family member. Staying in their own home or the home of a loved avoids experiencing the upheaval and stress compared with moving into a residential care home.
Many care recipients are fairly independent and can carry out most daily tasks, only requiring a bit of extra assistance. Others might need a more comprehensive care plan. Home carers can adapt to the unique requirements of the care recipient so the precise job description and expectations will vary greatly.
However, as a general guide, home carers will be able to help with the following: bathing, dressing, ensuring that they are taking their prescribed medication, general household tasks, meal preparation, and so forth.
A home carer is not always the same as a live-in carer although some people use the terms interchangeably. A live-in carer role is exactly as the name suggests - someone who lives in the care recipient’s home permanently and is available around the clock. However, a home carer can work on a part or full-time basis.
Home carers can work full-time hours for a single individual or may have a roster of clients who they visit daily. In some cases, individuals might require several visits per day.
For example, a home carer may visit first thing in the morning to assist with bathing, dressing, taking medication and preparing breakfast and again at lunchtime and in the evening. Home carers may also be able to supply overnight visits. The carer will pop into the home during the night to check that the care recipient is safe and well.
Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 102-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for over two years.
We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman - and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.
Types of home care
Some care recipients might only require a visit once a day, while others may require a carer to remain with them for the entire working day. There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to home care.
All possibilities should be explored if you or a loved one require a carer. Care at home is an increasingly popular choice, especially for those who do feel ready to move into a residential care. The costs mean it’s almost always a better a value alternative to the care home.
Home care is often referred to as companion care. Carers can accompany the care recipient to appointments, such as medical or dental appointments, and even to social events if required.
Companion care can be hugely beneficial in keeping the elderly more active. With companion care recipients are able to continue to do the things they enjoy, but which they might not be able to take part in on their own.
Specialist care is also available, such as dementia care. If this is a factor, you will require a carer with experience of working with those living with dementia. There are also reliable carers with experience of working with individuals with specific medical or physical requirements.
Carers can also ensure their medications are taken when they should be. Some carers will have specialist knowledge of specific conditions and will be able to provide targeted care to individuals with those conditions.
The average salary of a home carer
The average salary will vary depending on a range of factors. In some regions, most notably London, you might find the average salary is higher than in other parts of the country. Regardless as to the location, you will usually find that more experienced carers charge more, or that certain types of specialist care come at a premium.
By way of example, Elder’s standard care starts from £895 per week for an individual. Ultimately, the salary depends on a variety of factors including the carer’s age, qualifications and experience, together with the location and the level of care required.
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