How to find a private carer

If you’re beginning to need some help around the home, you may be considering private home care. Private home care is a brilliant option, especially for those who can’t receive funded social care from their local authority due to their circumstances. However, knowing where to start can be tricky. That’s why following a guide about finding the right care agency for your requirements will be helpful. We have the advice you need.

Identify your

Before looking for a specific care provider, you should first identify your requirements so that you know exactly what you are searching for. Knowing whether you are in need of home care or complex care will help you to rule out agencies that don’t offer assistance that will benefit you. Take note of whether…

Choose between

It’s important to decide whether you wish to partner with a care agency or a specific care worker. Depending on your requirements, you may feel comfortable with the idea of working directly with an individual who can assist you with your daily routine. However, it’s important to bear in mind that this approach will require your care worker to have a compatible routine, otherwise you may find that you need support at times when they are unavailable. By choosing a care agency for your home care, you’ll still be supported by dedicated care workers, but you’ll also have the peace of mind that your needs will always be met. This could be in the form of temporary holiday or sickness cover whilst your care worker is away or additional support if your requirements develop over time.


When searching for private care, you should prepare some questions that you want to cover. This will allow you to gather the information you need to decide whether a certain care agency is suited to your needs. These questions could include:

  • Do I need any specific support from my care worker?
  • Will I be interested in companionship as well as physical care?
  • What do I struggle with on a day-to-day basis (such as laundry or cooking)?
  • What core qualities am I looking for in a care worker?
  • How will I be assigned a care worker – what’s the guarantee we will get along?
  • How many care workers will be visiting me?

Confirm CQC rating

One of the most important factors to consider when you find a private care agency is ensuring they have a good CQC rating. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulates the standard of care in England, making sure that the care provided by the agency is compassionate and of a very high quality. This is a non-negotiable aspect of finding a care agency, as a good rating guarantees a service that will support you.

Seek out

One of the best ways to see if a care agency is for you is to look at the testimonials from past and current clients. The personal endorsement of a care agency can help you make a decision about whether or not you are happy with their offering. It may also make you feel more comfortable knowing that someone else and their support network has had a positive experience.


Being aware of your budget will allow you to have a productive conversation with a care agency, helping you to find out what domiciliary care they can provide within that price bracket. It will be beneficial for you to find an agency which is flexible and can accommodate your budget, ensuring that you can create suitable financial plans for the future.

Working with Verilife, you can be sure that our team ticks all the boxes that you need. Our flexible services can be tailored to your budget, with care workers that are genuinely passionate about providing personal, high-quality care. With a Good CQC rating to reassure you, why not enquire today? Email or call 020 3141 9290.

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