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What happens to a paid carer when a client dies?

Posted on 27/01/2014

It's an emotional and difficult time when someone dies, and there is always a lot that needs to be done by the family at a time when they are coping with bereavement. It is sadly inevitable that many paid carers will experience the death of a client, which can be very difficult to deal with, especially if it has been a long relationship.

As well as coping with the emotional loss of losing a client who may well have become a friend, it may be a worrying time, as it means that the paid carer is suddenly out of work, whether they are employed or self-employed. Both the family of the client and the paid carer themselves should be aware of what needs to be done in this event, and it is best to be prepared long before it happens, so that it is one less thing to worry about.

If you are the family member of a person who has hired a paid carer, you need to know whether they were employed or self-employed so that you can work out what they might be owed financially. 

Find out more about redundancy due to death or moving into residential care

If you are a paid carer and your client dies, then what you are owed is different depending on your employment situation. 

Find out more about what happens when a client dies 

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