Care At Home Is Flexible To Suit Your Needs and Way of Life
A recent survey of live-in care providers by The Live-in Care Hub has given a deeper insight into this type of care in the United Kingdom. It has revealed, as have may previous independent surveys, that care in the home by skilled, professional live-in carers offers significantly better outcomes for older people in terms of both their physical and mental health and also their quality of life. They are less likely to suffer falls and urinary tract infections (UTIs) and far less likely to succumb to highly contagious viruses such as the corona virus.
These better health outcomes are the result of the dedicated one-to-one care provided by a professional live-in carer. A dedicated carer is vigilant to signs of UTIs and, because they live in your home, they are more aware of trip hazards and simply more often in the same room to help prevent falls, which can so often lead to serious mobility problems. When it comes to cross transmission of highly contagious viruses risks are far lower because carers are only looking after a single client in one dwelling (or sometimes a couple in the same house).
In care homes where carers and other staff regularly come into close contact with numerous elderly people the chances of illnesses being quickly transmitted to all residents throughout the care home are very high. We have seen this tragic situation in care homes during the corona virus pandemic at a time when seniors receiving 24/7 care in their own homes had only a tiny fraction of deaths from COVID-19 compared to those in care homes.
The clear difference between live-in care and a care home
What is a clear difference between professional live-in care and care homes is the flexibility of live-in care to enable elderly people to live their lives in the way that suits them in their later years. When to eat, what to eat, when to go to bed, when to get up, what to do for entertainment, who to socialise with – these are fundamental rights for all of us. Why deny yourself those choices by moving into a residential care home just because you are that bit older and need some help with daily living?
Live-in care provides everything a residential care home can provide – just better. Tailored to you as an individual, enabling you to stay in your own home surrounded by all your possessions collected over a long life; and allowing you to remain part of your community. Imagine having to condense your whole life into a single room – no matter how lovely that room is? And being close to friends and neighbours you have know for a long time is far preferable to suddenly being surrounded by strangers and having to make new friends in later life.
The live-in care organisations polled in the most recent study were varied in size with some offering services to a small number of clients in a specific part of the UK, whilst others were larger organisations with thousands of clients offering their service right across the UK, including on the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. What was clear from all these providers, regardless of their size and national reach, was that they all offered a flexible, adaptable service aimed at providing a highly-personalised service for every individual client.
A Highly-Skilled Care Service
The range of issues that live-in carers deal with is wide and varied. For many older people, having a live-in carer is as much about safety and security, as it is about care. But for other families, live-in care is invaluable in managing serious medical conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s, loss of mobility, MS and physical disabilities.
Live-in care has sometimes been confused with companion care, which is more of a ‘light’ touch to care, focused on company, cooking meals and shopping trips. Whilst these are undoubtedly part of the service on offer through a live-in carer, virtually all the organisations who responded listed ‘end of life’ care as part of what they provide and have provided.
In other words, live-in care is as adaptable as it is specialist. Skilled carers can live in and provide the scale of care that their elderly clients need. And when care needs change then the care provided can expand to meet the clients’ needs. Where necessary in co-ordination with nursing care, although some live-in carers do have nursing experience.
This means that live-in care is one of the most flexible and adaptable forms of care for elderly people. It is a permanent solution, giving peace of mind to both the client and their family. Knowing elderly relatives are being looked after by a skilled, committed carer who can dedicated all their time and energy to their one client is the ideal sort of care for older people. It ensures they can live their later years with dignity, always have companionship and know that their health and quality of life will be the best it can possibly be.
Fully Managed or Introductory Services
Old people and their families can choose from a fully-managed live-in care service where an agency manages all the arrangements with the carers and ensures ongoing training and professional development of their staff. Alternatively, some agencies offer a simple introductory service, matching the right live-in carers with their elderly clients. There are also a small number of organisations who offer live-in nursing service, a solution that many people turn to towards the end of life.
Whatever type of service you choose to fulfil your requirement for care in your own home you can rest assured that all carers from the providers who are members of the Live-in Care Hub will be trained, vetted professionals whose aim is to provide individual care tailored to your health needs and your personal preferences.
Live-in care is part of a growing trend for seniors to ensure they have the quality of care they deserve and need for a healthy and happy later life. Although currently comprising a much smaller percentage of all senior care in the UK than care homes places it has been well-established for many years. It’s currently increasing popularity is a result of growing awareness of the benefits and the affordability of this type of care and a recognition that there are better alternatives than residential care homes.