A guide to being a visiting carer in Barnet

This is when a person visits a client in their own home and assists them with their day-to-day needs.

The tasks are varied but can include: Preparing meals; Domestic help; Personal care; Shopping; Medication administration; Support getting out and about; Companionship & emotional support.

A visit is a minimum of one hour. This can be longer depending on the support required by the client. It is important to us that neither the client nor the carer feels rushed.

We do! We take care of breaks, holidays, the carers pay, national insurance & tax, training, reviews, and of course we deal with any issues that may arise.

Our working arrangements are flexible. We employ full and part time team members. We agree on hours that carers are available and work hard to accommodate carers requirements.

We ensure that carers have the right skill sets before placing them with a client. In addition we match the personality of carer and client.

This is an advantage but not essential.

Our clients come from a wide range of backgrounds and their support needs vary greatly. It is rare that our carers do not become fond of the people they support. Most clients live in comfortable homes in good locations.

Yes, there is a management team on call 24 hours a day in case of any problems. We keep in regular touch with our carers, always ensuring everyone is safe and happy.

Yes. Training is very important to us. As a minimum, all our carers have training in first aid, medication administration, health & safety, infection prevention & control, manual handling, customer care, safeguarding, fluid and nutrition. Every team member also has induction training which includes customer service coaching.

Not necessarily. We can give you training on all the practical aspects of care work. If you are a kind person who has good common sense, a can-do attitude and empathy for others then we would love to hear from you.

Firstly complete an on-line application which you can find on our website. If we feel you may be suitable, we will arrange a telephone screening. The next stage is a face-to-face interview. If successful we will offer you a position and book in training dates.

  • Having a job that is highly rewarding.
  • Building a professional relationship with clients and their family.
  • Flexible working hours
  • Being part of a company that supports their team and values the work they carry out.
  • Potential for career progression.
  • Holidays, tax and national insurance are all taken care of for our team
  • Having enjoyment with clients.

What our team are saying

“Excellent service, very reliable, caring. I received just the support I needed. The staff member was very kind and reassuring.”


“I have been delighted with the warmth and care I have received! Very, very good. Excellent value for money!”

John F

“I have found the carers to be extremely valuable during my time of recovery post-operation. They have also taken care of my husband who has dementia.”


“Home Care Preferred were very professional and easy to deal with. The carer was attentive and pleasant and did everything we asked her to do and more. Very easy people to communicate with using emails – as I live in Australia”

Jackie N

“In the 6 years of having working closely with at least 3 agencies, and 11 carers, this is the first time I have found cares who have been so spot on, loving, gentle, friendly, warm and genuine. They stick to the routine and my nana is happy as can be.
They are consistent, on time, work well together and so very helpful and positive.
So grateful and happy.”

Jacquine G

“This is my first experience of needing help at home. I have been very impressed by the standards of best practice employed by Home Care Preferred. By the intelligent and well informed standards of care. The willingness and ability to help in any way needed or requested.
Also the meticulous attention to checks that the care given is accurate and of high quality. The courtesy of keeping client informed of any changes.”


“My parents are really delighted with the care and assistance that the carer provides to them. He always arrives promptly and my dad who is 91 is so grateful for help washing and dressing, it makes him much less tired and able to cope and enjoy his day. The carer is very kind, patient and aware of both my parent’s physical capacities. He is also excellent company and is just a pleasure. The carer organises my father’s medication, gives it to him, puts in his hearing aids, helps wash and dress him and gives him breakfast, He recognises my father’s need for engagement and they have good chats. I feel my parents are in the best and safest hands and that is all you can ask for.”

Jude D

Areas we provide support include:

Brunswick Park
Chipping Barnet
Church End
Dancers Hill
East Barnet Village
East Finchley

Friern Barnet
Fortis Green

Kitt’s End
Muswell Hill
New Southgate
Oakleigh Park
Potters Bar
South Mimms