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Find private carers, book visits
& manage care online

  • Fully vetted and insured*
  • Manage your own care online
  • We are not an agency

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  • Connects you with the right carer
  • Streamlines booking and payments
  • Helps you manage your care online

Each introductory visit is free

Our Mission

We believe that you and those you care for deserve the best care available and that it should be easy to find, affordable and suited to your specific needs. Whether it's respite care or elderly care, only you know what care you need, and we can help.

Why we care

We care about how we look after the most vulnerable in our society. We want to revolutionise the way social care works, bringing carers and people who need care into the market by lowering the price and providing more choice to clients and carers alike.

How we care

From elderly care to respite care, we make it easy for you to access the best home care available in your area and put you in control of its delivery. The whole process is arranged online and we offer indepth customer support if you need some help.

What we do

We endeavor to find the best private carers in your area and help you to select the ones that suit you. We provide you with the process and online assistance to work with them. Finally, we manage the contracting and payment process in a secure manner so that you don't have to worry.

About us

In 2015 James visited his mum for dinner. Rather than being her usual cheery self, she was clearly upset. During the conversation, it became apparent that her role, as his grandad’s principal carer, was causing her a great deal of stress and grief. During his grandad's care, a number of care agency staff visited him. These were expensive and poorly trained. When she found a carer that worked well, they were soon replaced, due to scheduling constraints or other issues. James realised that this was a deeply embedded issue in old-fashioned care agencies.

When James’ mum confided in her friends, she was told about the benefits of using independent carers. However, upon trying them, the work involved in scheduling and administrating independent care was too much for her to manage. As the problem played out in his head, James knew there had to be a solution that took advantage of the technology he had grown up with, and so Helper was founded. His goal; to give people access to high-quality care at an affordable price.

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James Bowdler

"I started this business to care for the vulnerable in our society. I saw the way the care system fails patients, families, and workers and want to fix that. I also enjoy watching rugby and reading about economics and history."

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Craig Chard

"As the co-founder, I'm passionate about how people engage with products and services. I believe in a better experience for those who need care, and bring care into the 21st century. I also have a love for food and tech."

Image of Helper co-founder Chris Weaver

Chris Weaver

"I'm in charge of the technology behind Helper. My goal is to give our users a smooth, stable and secure experience with up-to-date technology. When I'm not developing, I write about hiking and build stuff out of wood."

We believe in a better model of care

How it works

We've found the best private carers in your area and run background checks to ensure your safety. We then interview them in person to give you the best possible experience with Helper.

Once you have found a carer that you would like to work with, you can send them a message to discuss booking a visit. If you are not signed up as a client, you will be asked to register before sending your first message.

Whether you're looking for elderly care or respite care, it's important to communicate the specific needs you require from a carer as well as alleviating any concerns and ensuring you feel comfortable with this carer.

Once you are happy you can then use Helper tools to book a visit with this person. Your first visit with each carer will be free and should be used as an introductory visit to ensure you are comfortable receiving care from this carer.

We recommend you use your introductory visit to get to know the carer and ensure you feel comfortable with this person.

It's also a great time to go through any details specific to the care required to ensure your first paid visit goes smoothly.

If all goes well, you can discuss the details of your next visit, but please ensure it's booked through the Helper website to guarantee the visit and carer are insured.

Following your visit, you'll receive a report from your carer. This will give you a full picture of the work that has been done and any issues that may have arisen.

We will also ask you to leave feedback on the visit. This helps both the carer and Helper continue improving the care we offer. If there are any issues, you can contact us through our contact form or in the Facebook Chat on each page.

You can then use Helper to book further visits with this same carer or have another browse of our carer catalog to find someone more suitable for your needs.

Frequently asked questions

Even with the easy-to-use tools we provide at Helper, buying care can often be a very stressful process. With this in mind, we have put together a list of resources and frequently asked questions to help give you the information you need.

Find private carers, book visits
& manage care online

  • Fully vetted and insured*
  • Manage your own care online
  • We are not an agency

Enter your postcode to see how we can help