TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT

Courses are designed to help those who are NEW TO CARE AS A CAREER – We give comprehensive training with modules geared towards achieving The Care Certificate. As a key partner with “Skillsforcare”, we work together to create vocational qualifications that reflect the various roles in the care sector. Together we help identify and build qualifications that meets with your needs.

Our Care Certificate training course takes place at our dedicated training centre and is led by one of our qualified trainers. As well as classroom modules, learning also takes place via practical exercises and assessments of competence in the workplace. Our Care Certificate course normally runs Monday to Friday and includes the following modules:

  • Understand your role
  • Your personal development
  • Duty of care
  • Equality and diversity
  • Work in a person centred way
  • Communication
  • Privacy and dignity
  • Fluids and nutrition
  • Safeguarding adults
  • Safeguarding children
  • Basic life support
  • Health and safety
  • Handling information
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Medication*
  • Moving & Handling*

*These are additional modules over and above the 15 standards set out by Skills for Care.Self-employed live-in carers placed through our Introductory service are responsible for funding and ensuring their own training is kept up to date.

MANDATORY TRANING PATHWAY

The objectives of our mandatory training pathway are:

  • To deliver refresher and top up training to ensure that staff have the skills and knowledge to deliver care to a high standard
  • To benchmark staff against the Care Certificate standards, and where skills and knowledge are deficient, top up by training and development.
  • To ensure full compliance with the Health & Social Care Act

Typical modules include:

  • Basic life support
  • Medication management
  • Moving & handling of people and loads
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Health & safety
  • Safeguarding of adults
  • Food Safety Level 1

Advanced Care Training

The objectives of the Trinity Advanced Care Training are:

  • To provide specialist care training tailored to our client needs
  • To provide a pathway to Level 2 QCF in Health & Social Care
  • Typical Modules include
  • Dementia Training
  • Palliative and End of life care
  • Pressure Ulcer prevention
  • Medication Management
  • Mental Capacity Act & DOLS
  • Mental Health awareness

State Funded Direct Payment Services

Everyone receiving any sort of state funded care in England and Wales is entitled to Direct Payments.  This is when the Local Authority or Trust pays any funding entitlement directly into yours or an advocate’s bank account so you can spend the money where ever you like, if it is for care.You can read more about care funding here.

Many Local Authorities have implemented a new contract which limits the choice of care companies to just two per client, while this is a good way of saving money for the councils it does limit the choice of the client to predominantly large national companies as opposed to smaller local organizations.

At LiiCares we offer a service that enables you to choose us and also make your life easier in the process.  Our Managed Direct Payment Services aim to make life easier for you and give you more say and flexibility when it comes to your care.

Benefits of using Managed Direct Payment Services

  1. Dedicated Account Manager
  2. We monitor and look after the bills for your care
  3. We will contact Adult Social Services on your behalf regarding billing and funding
  4. We will keep a record of all your invoices and timesheets for future reference
  5. Our Direct Debit facility makes life easy for you
  6. Monthly statements will be sent to you outlining your care costs

Our Managed Direct Payment facility is FREE to all LiiCares clients, new and existing.If you would like any more information about Direct Services, please contact us directly for free advice.

The Four Ways of Paying for Care

1. Cash

You could leave some or all your capital in cash (the bank). You know where it is, can access it quickly and won’t have any investment risk. The only problem is that we have unprecedented low rates of interest at present which means that the income you can generate from cash accounts is very low.

2. Invest

If you want to try to get a better return on your capital, then investing is the next step to consider. For most people who are paying for their care going anywhere near the risky stock market is a definite ‘no-no’. Instead most people will choose to invest in lower risk, mainstream funds that have a reasonable chance of giving a better return than would be achieved by leaving all the capital in the bank.

It’s also a good idea to look at any existing investments you may have to see if they are set up to provide income. A surprising number of people have capital in poorly performing funds.

Whilst we can’t provide advice on which types of funds work best we do have access to a handpicked group of the UK’s most experienced investment advisers who specialise in investing to meet care costs. Let us know if you need help in this direction and we’ll happily put you in touch.

3. Care Fee Annuity

In principle, care fee annuities are very simple – some of your capital is used to buy yourself an income which can then pay for your care for the rest of your life.

The care funding problem is then largely solved with the writing of just one cheque. But you must make sure you think there is a good chance that you will get back in income the capital that you have used to buy the annuity.

This is because the main downside of annuities is that the income stops on the death of the person who owns the annuity. This risk can be lessened somewhat by the addition of various guarantees however.

Generally, the income you will get from this type of annuity is much higher than from an ordinary annuity but the cost will vary between individuals. The most important thing is therefore to establish the cost of the annuity in your circumstances. We can help to arrange this for you, it doesn’t cost you anything and there are no medicals involved.

4. Equity Release

Many of us have a lot of our wealth tied up in our house. Equity release involves borrowing either a lump sum or an ongoing income from the value of your property. In most cases, you wouldn’t make any repayments during your lifetime.

  1. a) Using Equity Release to Create Income – Using the value of your property you can use equity release to provide you with an income that you could put towards the cost of your care.
  2. b) Using Equity Release to Provide Capital – provide you with a single lump sum of capital. invest it or use it to purchase a care fee annuity.

Although equity release is usually one of the more expensive methods of paying for care, some equity release providers are now beginning to offer more flexible schemes with simple rather than compound (rolling up) interest which is generally cheaper. We can link you with specialist advisers in this area if required.

Thanks to the Live-in Care Hub for the above information. For more guidance on funding your care, look at our financial guides on paying for your care.

If you’re interested in finding out how we can help you live well at home, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.