How to Choose a Carer Who's Right for You
Finding the right carer, the one who fits perfectly into your life, makes all the difference in life. The following step-by-step guide, recommended by McArthur Community Care team, will help you achieve this.
1. Find an excellent NDIS provider
An excellent NDIS provider, with access to a large range of support professionals, and being clear about what you want is going to get you a long way towards this goal. There are many signs of a good NDIS provider, but these are the most important:
- They spend ample time getting to know you and your support requirements
- They provide multiple carer options
- They commit to sticking with you throughout the entire process
- You feel like they truly understand you and your goals
Once you have selected an NDIS provider you are comfortable with, think about your wants and needs in a carer relationship.
Our disability carer checklist will assist, but we encourage you to draw on the expertise of your provider too. The more information you can collect about your desires and support needs, the easier it will be to find the best match.
2. Set up a carer meeting
The most efficient way to work out if a new carer is the right fit for you is to spend some time with them. An in-person meeting or phone call helps them understand what you want from the relationship, and helps you get a sense for whether you are gelling with them. Be sure to refer to the information you wrote down about your needs and wants and cover all of the bases.
It is then up to you to choose and once again, your NDIS provider will be a great support here.
3. Keep in close contact with your NDIS provider
When you start a new carer relationship, it is a good idea to regularly check in with your provider. Keep them up to date about whether you are happy or if you have concerns. Remember, your NDIS provider’s main goal is to ensure you find a carer that helps you live the life you want. They should keep working at it until they find the right person for you.
At McArthur Community Care, we love seeing what can be achieved when our clients find their ‘best carer fit’. It is inspiring to see not only the beautiful relationships that develop, but the smiles and growth that results when goals are reached. It is the best part of our job!
Talk to us about accessing a range of our Support Worker Profiles at the Sydney Seniors & Disability Expo on Friday and Saturday, 13 – 14 Sept at Exhibition Hall 4, Sydney Olympic Park. Find out more on our McArthur Community Care website, our Facebook page, send us an enquiry, or talk to our NSW team on 02 9277 7000.