Introduction Agency

24/7 Live in Care I Home care    

Our Agency introduces carers to the clients. We will;

  • recruit the carers
  • interview them
  • check references
  • do background and criminal record checks
  • will often provide training.

The carers work on a self employed basis and will take care of all their own tax affairs and we will check that they are doing so. The carer will be suitably trained to meet the need of the client, but will not be under the direct supervision and control of Vine Introducing Agency. The client gives the daily instructions to the carer and our role is to offer advice and support on the setting up and management of the care service, but ultimately it is between the client and carer to decide the best course of action. We will ensure that cover is provided if the carer goes sick or needs a holiday.

Difference between Vine Introduction Agency and Managed Care 

Managed agencies employ the carers directly, they take responsibility for the carrying out of tasks, supervise and guide the carer a bit more closely. They are responsible for all the activities with regards to managing the carers, rather than this being the responsibility of the client. They will typically determine which carer goes to which client on which date. They are regulated by the Care-Quality-Commission (CQC) who inspect the services that are being offered. The carers are employed directly by the agencies so the agencies are responsible for paying the carers for sick pay, holiday pay, and to make national insurance and pension contributions.

Our Self-Employed Live in Carers

The carer is self-employed; and the client, (or their family), gives the care instructions to the carer. Our role as the introductory care agency is to be an advisor to the client and will conduct reviews of the care delivery if requested by the client or care-seeker.

Because the carers work on a self-employed basis they will pay their own taxes, national insurance and be registered with HMRC. Carers are free to be registered with a number of agencies, and work for a number of different clients. The carer will be suitably trained to meet the need of the client, but won’t be under the direct supervision and control of the introduction agency.

Is an Introduction Service or Managed Service better for me?

When making a decision between the two models, it often comes down to your priorities and situations;

  • if you have the time and are able and willing to directly manage the carer, including regarding working conditions and changes to their responsibilities, you may be able to save with an Introduction Agency.  HOWEVER,
  • If you’d like a more ‘wrap-around’ approach, you may be better off paying a little more, usually at least £200 a week more than introduction agencies for a ‘Managed’ live-in care package.
  • lastly there are good and bad carers in both managed and introductory live in care agencies.  The quality of care really comes down to the quality of carers.

If you would like to find out more about Vine Introduction Care, simply phone 01865 481428 and we would be delighted to give you some more information.