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Caring for children and young people in their own home is always preferable

Our home care service supports children and young people in their homes, providing attentive day-to-day care, encouraging independence and establishing daily routines.

There are many reasons a parent or carer and their child or young person might benefit from extra support at home, and Caremark’s care assistants can bring a raft of expertise and skills to any situation. Perhaps you’re going into hospital and your child or young person needs looking after while you’re away, or maybe your child or young person is recovering from an illness, has disabilities or behaviours that challenge and you need professional support and an extra pair of hands? Whatever the reason, our carers are professionally trained to provide the skilled services needed to protect and support children and young people through difficult times.

Here we’ll take a closer look at our core services for children and young people, focusing on:

The kind of care we provide for children and young people

How we can help children and young people

Our care packages

Caremark’s accreditations and regulations

How much care costs and how to get funding

How to find out more

What kind of care does Caremark provide for children and young people?

Caring for a child or young person in their own home is always preferable. Being in a familiar environment surrounded by favourite toys and possessions provides comfort and reassurance for a child or young person, regardless of their circumstances.

Ongoing help for children and young people with behavioural issues or disabilities

As a parent or carer of a child or young person with disabilities or behaviours that challenge day-to-day life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to know how to find the right kind of support. Our trained care assistants can help your family establish routines, assist with feeding regimes, leisure activities or even help when they are a little older and transiting into adulthood. We aim to offer emotional support and promote a holistic service at the heart of which is open communication with everyone involved in the individual’s care, from specialists and case workers to members of the family.

Help for families on a short-term basis

When a parent or carer needs to stay in hospital for a time or perhaps recover from an illness and there’s no one else to help care for their child or young person, Caremark can step in with expert assistance and support.

Flexible help when you need it and for however long you need it

Our help can be 24-hour live-in, on a respite basis, or as regular visits throughout the day. We are as flexible as you and your situation requires us to be.

We can help with all kinds of situations

Our expertly trained carers are experienced in helping your child or young person and other members of your family cope with all kinds of situations.

We can:

  • Assist you and the rest of your family in establishing daily routines
  • Keep your family regularly informed about your child's progress
  • Provide attentive day-to-day support covering personal care and meal preparation
  • Encourage your child or young person to enjoy hobbies and activities in the home
  • Support your child or young person’s feeding regimes
  • Support your child or young person's schooling and help with advice on behavioural issues
  • Support your child or young person with socialising through sport and cultural activities
  • Encourage your child or young person to be independent
  • Work with your child or young person’s school and other bodies to meet objectives
  • Support your child or young person through the transition into adulthood
  • Communicate with specialists, case workers and wider family members

Encouraging independence in children and young people

Our objective when we care for children and young people is to empower them to achieve independence, which feeds their confidence and builds resilience. We encourage them to communicate by various means, and to make their own decisions when appropriate.

Support for parents and families

The introduction of our carer’s support in a family often marks a turning point for those who have been finding looking after a child or young person with disabilities or behavioural issues challenging. Our carers have been professionally trained and have plenty of experience to draw upon when it comes to seeing the bigger picture.

They are often ideally placed to offer a new angle or different coping mechanisms to family members, suggesting new tactics and supporting with advice and tips. Aside from helping the child or young person to deal with things on a day-to-day basis they can also help put a plan in place for the future.

We understand that if someone is going to be coming into your home on a regular basis, you’ll want them to fit in with the lifestyle and routines of your family unit. For this reason, we try really hard to match our care assistants as closely as we can with your family, aiming to find someone we think you would all get on with best.

As a parent there might be several reasons why a little extra support at home is much needed. You might wish to get ready for a time when you won’t be able to be your child or young person’s main carer; you might want to help them to learn essential skills for living independently; or you might have reached a point where you definitely need extra support with daily life. We’re here to help with ways of coping, teaching tools for the future and tailoring support to your individual situation.

Making sure everyone is happy

We’ll also work with you before we start to put together a care plan that everyone involved is happy with and we’ll keep checking in with you once we’ve started to ensure you’re happy with how things are going. We’ll assign your family a care manager who will be a point of call for any problems you might encounter.

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“The service I get from Caremark for my two sons is wonderful. I have no problem with the staff, they come on time every week, take my boys out to the park when the weather is nice, or stay indoors when the weather is bad. I think this service should continue to help families who have children with special needs. The staff are friendly, especially the carers we get on a regular basis.”

Parent of two clients, Caremark Oldham

“I just wanted to say thank you for all your help with the after school club. My daughter was so excited and full of beans when I collected her. She said: “I'm just like a normal kid mum!”. It means so much that she can access everything she wants without her mum being at her side. She is so strong willed and loves being independent. I just wanted to say thank you for your help as it is priceless to her wellbeing.”

Mother of a client, Caremark Rotherham

For more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by filling out the form below. Your local Caremark team will be in touch to discuss your needs and guide you through your options.

Care packages for children and young people

We can provide bespoke child or young person care with all our short and long-term home care services and we can be flexible, providing the right level of support for when it is needed most.

  • Live-in care: ongoing daily and nighttime support in your home. This kind of support benefits the whole family. The carer can observe how the family works together as a unit and offer ways of coping and useful routine. The care assistant can also support with tasks and step in at nighttime to ensure the main carer has a good night’s sleep. If a parent has to go into hospital for a time one of our care assistants can live-in your home on a short-term basis. Read more about Live-in care here.

  • PatchCare® services: designed to provide regular, tailored visits throughout the day. This kind of support is ideal for those needing little and often. PatchCare® is particularly useful for encouraging older children to lead independent lives, including supporting activities outside the home, such as shopping and cinema trips or visits to meet friends, and teaching home-based life skills such as cooking and cleaning. Read more about PatchCare® here and discover if PatchCare® services are available in your area.

  • Respite care: Caremark carers can visit your home to give you - as the main (unpaid) carer - a much-needed break away from day-to-day duties, enabling you time to recharge and revive. Read more about Respite care here.

  • Personal care: our carers can support your child or young person in maintaining their personal appearance and hygiene, including toileting, dressing and grooming support. This is especially useful for developing a routine in children or young people with behavioural problems. Read more about Personal care here.

“I have a daughter who has special needs and challenging behaviour, and I have my own health issues which makes it hard for me to take care of her all the time. Since Caremark has given me and my daughter support I can manage life much better. My daughter receives eight hours of care each week, which helps me to recharge myself and get back the energy I need to support her.”

Client, Caremark Oldham

Care you can trust

To ensure the highest standard of care and give you the ultimate peace of mind, our services in England are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In Wales our services are regulated by the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW), and in Northern Ireland by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA). We also have membership with the United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA).

Care costs and funding for children and young people

Financing home care for a child or young person varies depending on the office involved. For further information and to receive a personalised quote, please get in touch with the team at your local office by filling out the form below.

In a few circumstances home care for a child or young person can be funded. It’s a good idea to talk to your local council to see if you might be entitled to financial support with care.

Arranging a carer's assessment

Arranged through your local council, a carer’s assessment is designed to see what might help make your life (caring for your loved one) easier. It’s a chance to discuss your needs with your local council so they can decide how best to support you. If they feel you need support they’ll work with you to put together a care plan, which might include using respite services. Your child or young person should also have a needs assessment, which is organised through their local council so extra support can be arranged if appropriate.

Financial assessment

If you are found to need support, your local council will carry out a financial assessment to discover what you can afford to pay. If you are eligible for financial support to pay for home care for a child or young person, your local council can arrange these services for you or you can choose to receive direct payments and arrange care privately.

Direct payments

Caremark can accept direct payments for home care for a child or young person. Please contact your local office here for further information about how this works.

Funding from charities and funds

There are a few grants, funds and charities that may be able to help with funding to pay for home care for a child or young person. Click here to find out more.

No hidden fees

We aim to be upfront with you about our fees and leave nothing hidden so you know what you’re paying for in advance, before you agree to it. Please don’t hesitate to contact your local office by filling out the form below for further information and an exact quote or to find out more about your options.

Find out more about care for children and young people

If you would like more details about how we can help you with home care for your child or young person, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by filling out the form below. Your local Caremark team will be in touch to discuss your needs and guide you through your options.

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