Carers need a break during each day of the assignment, and this is often easily agreed and arranged with the Client/Representative. It is suggested that this be for a two-hour duration. However, the reality of the situation may be very different. There may well be an hour or two each day for the Carers to have time to themselves, but it may not always be possible to leave the Client’s home. The key is to be as flexible as possible.
The Carers are there for security and emergency during the night. In order to carry out their assignments effectively, they should be able to get a good night’s sleep. If the Carers are regularly disturbed at night, the Agency advise the Client to seek alternative arrangements for night cover.
The Carers should be given their own bedroom where they can keep their clothes and other belongings.
One of the duties of the Carer is to keep the house clean and tidy during the assignment. They should not be expected to carry out heavy housework or spring-cleaning. The Carers should also ensure that the Client’s home is secure at all times.
Please be aware that Carers can only give limited assistance with the management medicines. They can give support and help, acting under the direction of Clients or their Representatives.
Sufficient food should be provided for three healthy meals a day, for both Client and Carer.