Frequently asked questions
What is an introductory agency?
As an introductory agency we will interview any potential Cousins and carry out any relevant checks such as DBS, right to work in the UK and professional references. We also ensure they have completed any training that is required. The Cousins then work on a self-employed basis and handle all their own tax. As an introductory agency we do not direct the care, giving the client the freedom to direct care as they wish.
What needs to be provided for the live-in Cousin?
A live-in Cousin would need to have their own bedroom with space to store their belongings. The Cousins would also need to be provided with food, often they will eat the same food as the client cooking a little extra and join them at mealtimes, unless the client prefers to eat alone.
How long do live-in Cousins stay?
We are able to accommodate any length of time you may require a Cousin. Many of our Cousins will work on a 2 week rota so if someone is required on a long term basis we will endeavour to get a rota of regular Cousins who will work in this pattern.
What visiting care options do you provide?
At Country Cousins we do not provide a visiting care service, however our sister agency is able to provide visiting care in London.
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Will my live-in Cousin get up over night?
Live-in Cousins are in the house overnight should there be an emergency. Occasionally when someone is unwell they may need extra attention at night. The live-in Cousins are happy to help in these situations but may request some extra time off during the day to get some sleep. There is an extra charge for the Cousin if they are called overnight of £11 per call. The Cousin should not be getting up more than twice a night.
If the client gets up regularly overnight then extra night care may need to be organised as a live in Cousin will not be able to sustain the level of care required if they are not getting enough sleep.
Do you cover nights?
We are able to provide live-in Cousins who will cover nights. They would need the same accommodation as a day time live-in Cousin and should be able to sleep during the day without being disturbed. They will then be awake with the client all night to provide them with the care that they need.
Do the Cousins drive?
Many of our Cousins hold a drivers licence and would be able to drive the clients’ car if appropriate car insurance is arranged. We are unable to guarantee a car driver but will always do our best to provide this if it has been requested.
The majority of our Cousins do not have their own cars.
Can I contact you out of office hours?
We do operate an on call service at weekends. If there is an emergency outside of our regular office hours (8am – 6pm Monday to Friday) then you can call the office number and you will be provided with a mobile number. This will be answered by one of office team, between the hours of 8am and 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays, who will be happy to help in any way they can.
What locations do you cover?
Our Cousins are happy to travel anywhere in the UK. Depending on their visa status many of them are also happy to travel outside of the UK to accompany clients on trips if this is needed.
Here is just a small sample of our client and carer feedback:
The best cook ever
[our current carer] is the best and most friendly and the best cook that we have ever had and the most modest! We are very grateful for all that you help us with.
Anonymous - client rep, 2020