2. Search for providers
Now you know what you’re looking for – it’s time to find the right provider for you. For example, a simple google search will bring up a list of providers, especially if you use the phrase ‘near me’ after your search. Of course, other search engines like Bing or Ecosia can help you too. However, whichever search engine you use, that isn’t the end. In other words, there are other places you can look too!
There are also some guides where care providers are listed, including the CQC website. Secondly, you may be able to find some guides to care providers in your local area too. Finally, you can check local magazines, as many care agencies will advertise there.
3. Check their reviews and CQC rating
If you’ve done a google search for instance, it will bring up reviews of providers. This will help you get a real taste of what people who’ve used their services have said. Check these reviews for insight into how people have found them in the past.
In addition, reviews can also be really helpful in understanding what the care agency specialise in, if any. You might understand more about their specialisms through reading through others’ stories and experiences. In other words, these can really help you make the best pick!
However don’t be too concerned if you can’t find many – this isn’t necessarily an indication of the agency.
Similarly, if you’re a social media user, try reaching out to local people to see what their experiences are. This can be very helpful in understanding the full picture. Again, don’t be too concerned if other’s don’t have recommendations, but it’s definitely worth a try.
Along with this, all care agencies are registered. The CQC stands for Care Quality Commission, and they regulate home care agencies like Martlets Care. Each care agency has an inspection and a rating, so you’ll get a good idea about how good they are from this. You should expect most care agencies to receive at least a good rating.