Our Live-in Oxford Carers
The right carer for you
Our dedicated Oxford carers are what make Oxford Aunts Care unique.
They bring a wealth of caring and nursing experience to their roles, alongside compassion, energy and commitment.
Our carers are carefully matched by experienced Care Managers who know their individual client's care needs and personal interests. Something as simple as a shared passion in music, gardening or Scrabble can make all the difference to someone’s life.
We have a very strict vetting procedure for our carers. We obtain enhanced police clearance and at least three verifiable references. Carers are personally vetted and assessed on their experience, skills and aptitude by a trained interviewer. They are supervised on a regular basis, as well as being checked at least every three years with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Carers from overseas must also supply an overseas police check initially and after every occasion they return home for a period of time.
All our carers undertake a mandatory one-week induction training. The training covers safe and acceptable working practices including food hygiene, nutrition, adult protection, mental capacity, infection control and continence training. We give training in skills required for our client group. The training also sets out the very high standards we expect all our staff to follow.
Mandatory update training in manual handling, medication and recognising elder abuse is undertaken annually. Our carers also have the opportunity to attend voluntary specialist sessions to improve their skills in managing certain conditions such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. A dementia discussion forum has also been introduced to promote personal development, employee engagement and job satisfaction.
Who are our carers?
Our carers come from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of different experiences. The majority come from overseas, including New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, where we have dedicated, trained interviewers. Some are qualified nurses looking for carer work in the UK while others have overseas qualifications and experience of working in a formal setting.
Generally we are able to pair carers and clients in blocks of three month periods. Some stay longer or return to the same client after taking breaks.
Assisting elderly clients to have a better quality of life, engage with the wider family unit, make new friends, grow professional skills and be part of a successful organisation is of huge benefit to me. Working with the elderly has given me many gifts that I was not aware of when I began my life as a carer: their attitudes, their sense of humour, their views on life, their wisdom, their past history and their acceptance of death as part of life. I have had many an epiphany; those 'aha!' moments.
Sarah, Oxford Aunts carer