Live-in care is one-to-one care provided in people’s own homes. This means a carer will live with your loved one and provide care 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Live-in care agencies, such as ours, provide the kind of care that could otherwise only be provided in a residential home. We offer a real alternative for those who don’t want to leave their own homes, but who need more than daily visits.
Who needs live-in care?
Live-in care can be the perfect solution for people suffering from a range of conditions. We provide live-in care for:
- Dementia sufferers
- Stroke patients and those suffering from long-term degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis
- Elderly people who may not have a specific condition, but are struggling to manage alone. Many will have been receiving some care, but will have developed a need for more intense care over time.
What is live-in care?
Live-in carers provide all the same support that visiting home carers do, but at any time in the day or night that your loved one needs it. Care needs vary, but live-in carers can help with:
- Personal care, including help with washing, dressing and bathing
- Basic medical care, including administering medication
- Help moving around, both inside and outside the home
- Help with household tasks such as cooking and cleaning
- Help with shopping and other errands
- Emotional support and companionship
Someone with a live-in carer might also need some more specialist help from other carers and professionals. While the live-in carer can meet most day-to-day needs, they won’t always be able to provide everything a person needs to stay in their own home.
Live-in carers will need to take breaks from work at times. This can mean that a person will need more than one carer to meet their needs.
Benefits of Live-In Care
Live-in care allows people who need round-the-clock care to stay in their own homes.
The only alternative for people who need this kind of high-level care is residential. Residential care can be the right choice for some, but many people prefer to stay in their own homes. This is particularly true of those with long-term degenerative disorders or disabilities.
Comfort of their own home
Those nearing the end of life also benefit greatly from being able to stay in their own homes. Some, such as stroke patients, may only need live-in care for a limited time. Others might just need a few days of care, such as after surgery.
While family can often provide this, it’s not always possible or desirable for them to do so. Live-in carers can step in, giving families confidence that their loved-one’s needs are being met, leaving them free to focus on emotional support.
Those who need care often struggle to look after pets. But pets can often be important companions that people are reluctant to lose. Using live-in care often means being able to keep pets. The carer can help feed pets, walk them and take them to vet appointments.
Good quality of life
Live-in carers help people continue to live as fully and freely as possible, even during significant illness or after disability. At a time when they may be dealing with great change and new limits in what they can do, live-in care can provide the much needed continuity.
Live-in carers are professionals, but they can become close companions to those they care for. Many people report feeling that their live-in carer has become a friend or a part of the family. For those who live alone, a live-in carer can be a vital form of social contact.
Live-In or Residential?
Live-in care is, by its nature, one-to-one. In a residential care home, staff ratios are much higher. This means that live-in care provides closer, more reliable care than residential care does. In a residential home, one carer would usually be assigned to work with several patients, while live-in care is one-to-one.
Live-in care also means avoiding the disruption of having carers come and visit every day. For those with complex needs, live-in care provides far greater stability and quality care than visiting carers can, however committed and professional they are.
Being surrounded by happy memories and familiar objects helps those who are undergoing rehabilitation to progress more quickly.
It can also provide comfort to those whose life, or ability, is limited.
We know, for example, that dementia patients benefit from being reminded of old memories and therefore often feel happier at home.
For families, keeping their loved one in their own home often means keeping them at the heart of the family. Rather than having to pay visits to a residential home that may be some distance away, they can visit and help care for their loved one in the same place that they’ve always visited them.
Residential care is often more expensive that live-in care. It can be the best option for some people, but for most, live-in care is better. Help with funding for live-in care is often available via local and national government and topped up with private funds if needed. We can help you arrange funding while arranging your care.
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Why Hundreds of Families
Have Already Chosen Us
1:1 Care Ratio: Unlike hospitals or care facilities that have one staff member per a group of elderly, we offer one-on-one care. This means the carer will devote all their time and attention to your loved one and their needs.
48 Hour Contract: We know how unexpectant life can be, and are flexible and ready to accommodate any situation. We have a short contract, which means that you only pay for what you use and can start and stop care at any time, adjusting as needed.
Quality of service: Entrusting the care of your loved ones to somebody you have not known for very long can feel like a risk, but we can assure you of the highest level of care. Our carers will cater to the major and minor needs of your loved one, and provide them with the greatest level of care and treatment that they deserve.
Financial benefits: With the rising costs of care facility services, care at home is proving to be the cheaper option. That’s not surprising as it excludes many of the expenses you would otherwise be paying for in a facility, such as rent and wages, and may even help your loved one qualify for funding help.
A certified training centre: Not only do we have over a million hours of care behind our belt, but we’re a certified training centre ourselves. This means that not only do we train our own carers face-to-face, but we also train other carers from all over the country.
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