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Alternatives to Care Homes in Worthing

Alternatives to Care Homes in Worthing

If you decide that your elderly parent needs more care than you can provide, your first thought may be to look for care homes. In some circumstances, this can be a good decision, and there are some excellent care homes in Worthing. But it is important to remember that other alternatives may be available to you, and here are some you might want to consider.

Live-In Care

Live-in care is where a care worker will live with your elderly parent in their home to ensure they are given care around the clock. At Comfort Keepers, we provide a specialist live-in care service that is tailored to every client’s unique requirements.

By providing your parent with a live-in care worker, you can ensure they keep their independence whilst you get to enjoy complete peace of mind. Every aspect of care can be covered, including cooking meals, doing the laundry, helping with bathing, helping out with everyday tasks, doing activities together, going out to events and simply providing company and conversation.

If your parent suffers from Alzheimer’s or a dementia-related condition, you may be worried about leaving them alone even for short periods of time, and live-in care can be the perfect solution.

Respite Care

If you are able to provide most of the care that your parent requires but you simply want to enjoy a break from time to time, respite care is another possible option.

Caring for an elderly parent can be hard work. It is an emotionally difficult task, and you may find it draining if you never get a break. It is important to look after yourself as well as your parent, and a respite care service can help you to take care of yourself and enjoy some time out while knowing that your parent is being looked after by an experienced care worker.

Specialist Care for Those with a Stoma or Dementia

If your parent has a stoma or suffers from dementia or Alzheimer’s, caring for them can be particularly challenging and you may feel that you have no choice but to place them in a home. However, specialist home care is available, and this may be more suitable if your parent wants to stay in their own home.

Our care workers are specially trained to work with people who suffer health problems or have a stoma. They have up-to-date knowledge of the latest advice and techniques, and they are fully trained to deal with any situation. So if you would prefer that your parent stays at home, this can be a possible solution.

Keep In Touch

Whether you choose to hire a care worker to provide support for either a few hours a week or 24 hours a day, it will be important for you to keep up to date with their how things are going on a regular basis.

For this reason we have our Family-Connect-Programme, where you and other family members can sign into a free online account and see daily visit updates and check on your parent’s progress whenever you want. This is designed to provide you with even more peace of mind and to enable you to share in everyday moments so you don’t miss out on anything.

Consider All of Your Options

There are times when arranging a care home for your parent is the most suitable option in your situation. However, it is always worthwhile looking at all your options, including those above, to help you decide what is the best solution for you and your parent.

Why not give us a call for a friendly no-obligation discussion about your requirements? Call 01903 691762.

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Jobs FAQs

What shifts or rotas are available for professional carers?

Our branches have a wide variety of hours and rotas which means it’s possible to find shifts that fit in with your life situation, whether you want a full time role or are just looking for a few hours a week. All that we ask is that you commit to the hours you can do two weeks in advance.

Do I need care experience to join?

Six months’ professional care experience is ideal - such as a domiciliary carer, care assistant, homecare worker, support worker or healthcare assistant. However, if you are new to care some branches do offer training leading to care certificates, so please contact the recruitment team to discuss on 0808 239 9716.

Do I need a driving licence?

A full clean driving is required for some roles, but not all. Job roles normally state if a driving licence is required, but if you are unsure then please contact the recruitment team on 0808 239 9716.

What pre-employment checks do you do?

To join Prestige Nursing & Care as a professional carer you will be required to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, unless you are registered with the update service.

We can help you apply via your local branch. When you work with children and vulnerable adults a DBS check is a legal requirement. Find out more about DBS checks: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about.

We also require two professional references, one of which should be your current or most recent employer.

Finally, you will be required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK, NI number, ID and proof of address. Your recruiter will talk you through all requirements and support you all the way.

What training do I need to complete before starting work?

You will need to complete both online e-learning modules and virtual training via Microsoft Teams. This is very flexible and can be completed from home as long as you have a compatible device. Find out more about the training we offer.

Is the training free?

Yes, the training is completely free.

Do you offer regular patterns of work?

Yes, our branches offer a wide variety of hours and shift patterns.

Will I be employed by Prestige Nursing & Care?

You would become a member of our team with a contract for services. You would be eligible for things like SSP and holiday, as well as a NEST workplace pension.

How old do you have to be to work as a carer?

You need to be 18 years old to join our care team and there is no upper age limit.

How often will I get paid?

We pay all our professional carers weekly.