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Employing a Live in Care worker / PA – 10 Top Tips

Employing a Live in Care worker / PA – 10 Top Tips

Employing and finding a  Live in Care worker to support elderly clients with Dementia

PA Care’s top tips

Becoming an employer of a live-in care worker can be a successful arrangement, but as an employer there are certain legal obligations that must be complied with:

  1. Insurance, both Employers Liability Insurance and Public Liability Insurance, will need to be taken out.
  2. You must have a written job description and a contract of employment for your care worker.
  3. References should always be obtained and checked upon receipt.
  4. Have a back-up plan for your live-in worker who is familiar with your care needs in case of absence for sickness.
  1. It is likely that you will need to deduct tax and National Insurance contributions and forward them to HM Revenue and Customs.
  2. You must pay the Minimum Wage Rate and be aware of the maximum number of hours per week that your worker may work. Rest breaks must be given and hours of work agreed.
  3. Holiday pay is a legal obligation and it is likely that you will be responsible for sick pay. Employers must also contribute to pensions by 2016.
  4. Information about disciplinary and grievance procedures must be given.
  5. Training should be given in your own needs as well as Health and safety. It is essential that you find a care worker who has been trained in Dementia Care and has skills to meet your needs.

The alternative to employing your own care worker

At Abbots and PA Care we can help you to find the right care workers to suit you and your care needs. We have a team of live-in care workers managed by a highly experienced live-in care manager. Our workers are vetted, trained and supported weekly whilst on placement.

Call us for more information on 01727 891004



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