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By Tamar Homecare | December 19, 2022 | Home Care Resources

What to look for in a care provider

If you’re looking for a care provider for either yourself or a loved one, you naturally want what’s best. This means considering your care needs and what you need to fully thrive. You also want to ensure there’s a good match between you, the organisation, and the carer.

As you can imagine, finding the right care provider requires time and effort. In this blog, we provide helpful information on home care in Plymouth and what you should look out for to find care that helps you live your best life. 

Personalised support that caters to your needs

When it comes to care, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution. Rather, everybody is unique with their own needs, desires, dislikes, and preferences. To find the right care provider for you, take the time to think about your own needs and what you are hoping to get out of care. Could you benefit from round-the-clock care or would a few extra hours a week suit you just fine? Would nurse-led care benefit you or would you rather have consistent companionship? Understanding your needs will help you determine the kind of care you are looking for. 

Care that empowers you to live well 

It’s important to find a trusted care provider that not only understands your needs but respects your choices too. Instead of creating a dependency, care should focus on empowerment. A good care provider will work around your established schedules and respect your routines because they know that you stay in control of your life. In addition, they will be flexible and adapt to any changing needs accordingly. Remember, you remain in the centre of care. 

Finding the right care provider

When searching for the right care provider, you first have to consider practical matters. This can include the area in which you live, the financial side of things, and of course, whether or not a company provides the type of care you need to live well. It’s also important to consider the culture of the company. If the employees are not supported or well looked after, it’s unlikely that they will feel motivated or inspired to provide the best care possible. We also recommend looking at the company’s website and any social media platforms to get a feel for their values and mission. It’s also helpful to read reviews and testimonials. 

At the end of the day, if you are not happy with the care you receive, you should feel empowered to switch care providers. 

Why an initial assessment matters 

Do not underestimate the importance of an initial assessment. When searching for a care provider, this is arranged to allow the provider to gain a better understanding of your needs and how you can best be supported. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions and learn more about the type of care they provide. During your initial assessment, take note of whether you feel respected and listened to. Is your opinion valued? As you both learn more about each other, you’ll get a sense of whether this is the right fit or not. Connection matters. 

Get in touch 

If you or a loved one are interested in our live in care services, please do not hesitate to get in touch or call us on 01752 657 560. One of our friendly staff would be pleased to answer any of your questions or provide more information on how we can help you. 

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