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Become an Essential Caregiver


essential caregiver at a brendoncare home

What is an Essential Caregiver?

An Essential Caregiver is one person that the resident and/or substitute decision-maker (LPA) identifies and designates as their Essential Caregiver. This person will be able to support the resident within their room, and have access to outside spaces within the grounds. Currently, this excludes the communal areas.

An Essential Caregiver is also able to visit a loved one within the home, even when other visiting might stop. For example, where a home has temporarily paused regular visiting, an Essential Caregiver (subject to a negative Covid test) would be able to deliver their usual unbroken level of care.

Brendoncare has identified a few key areas where an Essential Caregiver could provide valuable support, including: 

  • Help with meals
  • Support with exercise and mobility (if the resident isn’t in isolation)
  • Assistance with personal care – for example, dressing, nail care, makeup, jewellery or hair care
  • Cognitive stimulation
  • Communication
  • Cultural and religious needs

How do I become an Essential Caregiver?

While the process is simple, it does involve some ongoing work. You’ll need to take part in our regular testing scheme, which includes weekly PCR testing and twice-weekly LFD testing, carried out across our homes.

There’ll be some infection prevention and control education, including the watching of our ‘donning & doffing of PPE’ videos, which will be made available to when you come to visit. It’s also be necessary to agree the days and times for your support visit to help us manage the amount of people within the home. Together, we can ensure that all our residents have an equal opportunity to see their loved ones.

If you any have further questions, please contact your preferred care home directly. Brendoncare’s friendly and helpful team will be happy to assist you in any way.

Public Health England recently reviewed the guidance around care home visiting (correct as of July 2021).