Discover how to find an experienced, self-employed carer through Curam. We are an online platform that connects self-employed carers with clients all across the UK. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about who Curam is, and how simple it is to find a home carer.
Who is Curam?
“Curam gives us so much more autonomy and agency – thank you” – Jess K, London.
Curam is not an agency, we do things differently and believe that great-value care comes from valuing great carers. We are leading the way in socially conscious care provision by building a better care community which helps nurture real-life relationships and respects the value of care. Uniquely, our structure allows us to charge clients less for a chosen carer who can earn up more. Here are just some of the other ways we are creating a better care community:
1. Choice – you choose the carer who’s right for you from the many qualified, vetted and experienced carers we have on the site
2. Cost – it’s free to join, there are no contracts to sign and more than 80% of your agreed fees will go direct to your chosen carer
3. Confidence – our insured and approved carers have on average 10 years’ experience and we make admin and payments easier, so you can focus on being cared for
“The carer profiles you’ve sent are some of the best I’ve seen” – Penny M, Plymouth.
We believe it’s important you decide who is delivering your care. Therefore, all approved Curam carers have an online profile. Here, you can see their profile picture, read about their experience and decide if they are a good fit for you. You can view as many profiles as you like, shortlist your preferred carers and contact them directly to discuss rates and hours which suit you both.
Too busy? If you prefer, we’ll search for you. Create a job ad and we will advertise for you (at no extra cost). Carers on the Curam platform who match your requirements will then contact you.
“It’s great value. I have referred several people to your site as I like your ethics” – Joanne B, Liverpool.
Curam was founded on the principle of making finance better for clients and carers. We believe carers who are paid a better wage feel valued and deliver exceptional care. We also know client budgets have to be maximised. Therefore, we ensure that all Curam carers earn at least the London Living Wage - currently £10.85 an hour, whilst clients still pay 25% less on average than with a traditional agency.
Care finances are often stretched, especially with agency rates around £20 an hour – unfortunately, often as little as £9.50 goes to the carer.
Uniquely, Curam has the lowest commission fee in the sector at only 12.5% + VAT. This is included in the carer’s advertised rate and there is no additional cost to you. This means that, on average, Curam carers who charge £16 an hour are paid £13.60.
“I was worried about managing contracts and money, thankfully you’ve made the process easy” – Steve H, Worcester.
Curam frees you from the stress and responsibility of money management. A common misconception with using self-employed carers is that you’ll be burdened with contracts, DBS checks, tax and insurance. However, once you’ve selected a carer on the Curam platform, we will:
· Provide a secure online payment system
· Verify all carers have the right to work in the UK, two references and a DBS
· Sort out insurance and make admin easier
How does Curam work?
“I was so impressed with the number and quality of people on your site” – Audrey O, Southampton.
Once you’ve joined Curam, you will have access to hundreds of approved, experienced and insured self-employed carers located all across the UK. It’s free and the app is easy to download to your mobile device.
It’s easy to filter your search to suit your care needs. We have carers who can help with home care, companionship, overnight care, live-in care, as well as specialists in dementia, autism, learning disabilities and much more.
Whatever your needs, or budget, we will help you find the right home carer for you.