Introducing a senior carer, personal carer or companion into your home can be daunting, but there are strategies you can put in place to make it easier.

1. Make sure you have all the administrative ‘stuff’ sorted out before the senior carer or aged carer starts work. For example, you should already have agreed:

  • Duties
  • Days/ hours of work
  • Regularity of work (daily/ weekly/ fortnightly/ monthly)
  • Rate of pay
  • Regularity of pay (daily/ weekly/ fortnightly/ monthly)
  • Expected outcomes

2. If you are engaging a senior carer or aged carer for a permanent role, you should also have considered whether you want to enter in to a written contract of employment. A contract of employment should include the above, and could also cover matters like:

  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave
  • Termination
  • Superannuation
  • Confidentiality

3. Write a Starter Checklist and run the senior carer or aged carer through this before their first day of work. Cover off topics such as:

  • Where appliances are and how they work
  • Home alarm, keys and rules around these
  • Medications

4. Pre prepare the following and leave them on the fridge:

  • Emergency Contact List
  • Day Time routines
  • Meal Plan