Care Home Visitor
Care Home Visitor – “Speak up for someone who has lost their liberty”
Care Home Visitors support our Relevant Person Representative (RPR) advocates. RPR Advocates visit the cared-for person regularly, usually in care or residential homes, and ensure that they are being well looked after. A Care Home Visitor would work alongside the RPR Advocate to support the Advocate’s work.
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What is a Care Home Visitor?
Care Home Visitors support our Relevant Person Representative (RPR) advocates.
The role of the paid RPR, in the absence of friends or family, is to ensure that the person living in the care home, who lacks capacity to make decisions about their care or treatment, is cared for in the least restrictive way possible, given that they are currently under a ‘Deprivation of Liberty’ authorisation in order to provide the care and treatment they need to keep them safe.
RPR Advocates visit the cared-for person regularly, usually in care or residential homes, and ensure that they are being well looked after. A Care Home Visitor would work alongside the RPR Advocate to support the Advocate’s work. Care Home Visitors help us visit the person more frequently and ensure someone is speaking up for their care needs and rights regularly.
What will I do?
You will be introduced to an RPR Advocate whose work you will be supporting.
They will then introduce you to one or more of the relevant people they are responsible for (advocates may be working with more than one person in a care home – it will be completely up to you how many people you wish to support.)
At the first meeting with the person you will look at their care plan with the advocate and discuss any issues you need to be aware of.
You will then continue to meet the person on your own.
The frequency of these visits will be agreed with the advocate.
In most cases, you will meet with the person once a month for approximately 30mins to an hour, making sure each time that their care needs are being met.
After every visit you will complete a brief report and send it to the Advocate. If you raise an issue, the Advocate will take over.
If everything is fine, every third month the Advocate will come with you. They will write a report based on what you have both observed.
If you think that the roles here, or on any of our other volunteering pages sound like something you might be interested in, please contact us on 01223 555838 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll have a chat with you about your interests and skills and see what role might fit best.