What is a Home Carer?

At Oxford Aunts, we understand the importance of compassionate and dedicated home carers in providing exceptional care and support to those who need it. But you may be wondering – what exactly is a home carer?

A home carer is a professional dedicated to enriching the lives of those they care for. They often become essential to their client’s daily routines by offering practical assistance, emotional support, and a friendly presence. Whether it’s helping with personal care tasks, offering medication reminders, or simply engaging in heartfelt conversations, a home carer ensures that clients feel valued, respected, and genuinely cared for.

Here we explore what a home carer is and the role of our dedicated and passionate carers in enhancing our clients’ lives.

Types of home carers

At Oxford Aunts, we understand that every individual’s care needs are unique, and that’s why we offer a range of home care services to cater to those diverse requirements. Our team of dedicated home carers is committed to providing compassionate and professional care to enhance the quality of life for our clients.

Here are the types of home carers we offer:

Live-in carers

Live-in carers provide around-the-clock care and companionship for those who require continuous support in the comfort of their own home. Carers often become integral to the client’s daily life, assisting with personal care, medication management, housekeeping, and more. This option is ideal for individuals who need substantial care due to age, chronic illness, or mobility limitations.

Visiting or hourly carers

Hourly or visiting carers offer flexible care solutions tailored to your specific needs. They provide support on an as-needed basis, allowing you to maintain your independence while receiving assistance with tasks like meal preparation, medication reminders, and friendly companionship. This option suits individuals who require occasional assistance or family caregivers who need respite.

Respite carers

Respite carers offer temporary relief to primary caregivers, allowing them to take a well-deserved break or tend to other responsibilities. They step in to provide care, ensuring that a person’s care needs are met during their usual carer’s absence. Respite care is essential for preventing caregiver burnout and ensuring the well-being of both the caregiver and the care recipient.

What are the duties of a home carer?

Home carers play a vital role in improving the quality of life for those who require support with daily activities and care. At Oxford Aunts, our dedicated home carers are trained to provide comprehensive support tailored to each of our client’s unique needs.

Our home carers will provide a range of care services in your own home, including:

  • Manage and administer medications
  • Discreet personal care
  • Safe movement in and around your home
  • Grocery shopping, food planning and meals cooked as you wish
  • Companionship and emotional support
  • Support to keep you connected to your community
  • Domestic and household services
  • Pet care

What is expected of a home carer?

When you choose Oxford Aunts for your home care needs, you’re not just selecting a care provider; you’re embracing a philosophy of care that goes above and beyond. We entrust our home carers with responsibilities that extend far beyond providing practical support.

Here’s what you can expect from a dedicated Oxford Aunts home carer:

Compassion and companionship

At the heart of our home care philosophy is the understanding that true care encompasses more than just physical assistance. Our home carers are chosen not only for their skills but also for their innate kindness and capacity for companionship. They bring a warm, friendly presence into your home.

Personalised care

We recognise that every client has unique needs and preferences. Our home carers take the time to understand your individual needs and tailor their support accordingly. Whether assisting with daily living tasks like cooking and housework, medication management, or simply lending a listening ear, our care is personalised to ensure your comfort and satisfaction.

Monitoring health

Our home carers closely observe their clients’ overall health conditions, report any changes to healthcare professionals or family members, and keep detailed records of care activities. With support provided by a trained and experienced carer, you are more likely to avoid infections, falls and unnecessary hospital admissions.


Home carers are not just caregivers; they are trained professionals committed to upholding the highest standards of care. Our carers understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality and ensuring that the client’s personal space and boundaries are always respected.

What qualities should you look for in a home carer?

Choosing the right home carer is a crucial decision that can significantly impact the well-being and quality of life of your loved one. When selecting a home carer, it’s essential to consider the following attributes:

  • Compassion and Empathy: A compassionate home carer genuinely cares about the well-being of their clients, showing kindness, understanding, and empathy in their interactions.
  • Patience: A patient carer can provide support without rushing or causing unnecessary stress. Carers must allow clients time to do things for themselves rather than ‘taking over’.
  • Reliability and Dependability: Your home carer should be punctual and dependable, consistently providing the necessary care and support when scheduled.
  • Trustworthiness: You need to trust your home carer with the safety and well-being of your loved one. Look for a carer with a strong record of honesty and integrity.
  • Good Communication Skills: Effective communication is key to understanding a client’s needs and preferences and conveying important information to family members and healthcare professionals. The best carers are clear and direct with their communication while still maintaining a positive and professional demeanour.
  • Professionalism: A professional home carer maintains a high standard of conduct, always respecting the client’s privacy and dignity. Your carer should respect not just your home and property but also your preferences over the care you receive.
  • Experience and Training: Look for carers with relevant experience and training in areas such as dementia care or other specialised medical conditions, depending on your loved one’s needs.

What is the average hourly rate for a home carer?

The hourly rate for home carers in the UK can vary significantly depending on various factors, including the location, level of care required, and the provider. It’s important to note that higher rates are often associated with more specialised nursing care services.

It’s essential to consider not just the hourly rate but the overall compensation package, including benefits, training opportunities, and support, when evaluating home care providers. Remember that higher rates may reflect the quality of care and professionalism offered by experienced providers like Oxford Aunts, ensuring caregivers’ and clients’ peace of mind.

If you have a compassionate and caring nature with previous care experience, we would like to hear from you. Apply online to join our exceptional team and make a difference in someone’s life while enjoying a rewarding and fulfilling career. With Oxford Aunts, you could earn up to £11,148 for 12 weeks of work and other benefits like free induction training, generous rest times while in placement and local 24/7 support from our experienced team.

Visit our Jobs FAQs to learn more about our training in Oxfordshire and its surrounding counties, or contact us.

Get in touch with us about your home care needs

Whether you have questions about our home care services, want to learn more about our competitive rates, or need guidance on choosing the right type of care for your family, we’re just a phone call or email away. Our experienced professionals are ready to listen to your concerns, offer tailored solutions, and provide compassionate assistance.


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