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‘Live in care’ is the full-time homecare alternative to moving into a care home. Arranging live in care provides peace of mind for all the family and combines one-to-one care with the independence of life at home.
‘The Live-in Care Hub’ is an impartial information resource and a friendly point of contact where you can learn all you need to help make a decision about arranging live in home help for yourself or a relative.
There are many excellent live in care agencies and we are here to help you find the perfect one for you and your family.
Could you or a relative benefit from the round-the-clock support of a professional, qualified and vetted carer?
Someone to live with you and provide help with (for example):
Many CCGs are seeking expressions of interest from residential and nursing homes willing to help during the COVID-19 crisis and free up hospital beds as they ramp up discharges.
Live-in care is a safer alternative to discharging people into a care home as it mitigates the risk of COVID-19 cross-transmission between care home residents. Instead people are professionally cared for in their own home.
Bespoke elderly care in the form of round-the-clock live-in care can help provide a life-enhancing alternative to residential care.
With a growing elderly population comes the need for increased social care provision. Residential care homes are already struggling to cope with demand and the NHS struggles with bed blocking because older people don’t always have an appropriate place to go to following their recovery from illness.
The UK statistics might surprise you:
For these reasons, and many more, live-in care has risen in popularity as a viable alternative to residential care.
This is where a person is able to stay in their own home, cared for by a professional carer who is able to help them stay safe, secure and maintain the best possible quality of life.
It is also worth noting that the vast majority of people would rather be cared for in their own home. Our research has revealed that 97% of people do not want to be in care homes if they become unwell or unable to look after themselves.
For the future of care here in the UK, a live-in carer is a really important alternative to residential care homes, which for many people are not the preferred choice, or even available in some instances.
Call us for a friendly chat about live in care on 0330 311 2906 or read “What is Live-in Care?” to find out more about this life-enhancing approach.
Most residents in care homes are looked after in a ‘one size fits all’ routine where staff help all clients get dressed and ready for the day at the same time, and they are all dressed for bed at the same time, eat at the same time, and are moved into the same areas at the same time.
Of course, staff do their best to provide the best possible help for residents in care homes, but it is well publicised that carers in care homes struggle to spend much quality time with their clients because of the limits placed on the time they have available.
With a live-in carer the level of help and support is completely tailored to the needs of the client because the care is 1-to-1. Carers working in their client’s home are able to completely excel in their duties, offering the kind of care they were trained to provide. The basic duties of a carer providing live-in care at home 24/7 usually include:
Live-in carers may also provide additional services unique to the client’s needs including, but not limited to:
You can have a live in care package completely tailored to your needs and one that is comparable in price, or sometimes less expensive, than a residential care home. A live in care package is completely focused on providing the best possible quality of life.
Get in touch with The Live-in Care Hub to find out more about live in care because the more informed you are, the better you will be able to make the best decision with or for your loved one.
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 many previous independent surveys, that care in the home by skilled, professional live-in carers offers significantly better outcomes for older people for their physical and mental health and also 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 coronavirus.
These better health outcomes are the result of the dedicated one-to-one care provided by an experienced live-in carer. A dedicated live in carer is vigilant to signs of UTIs and, because they live in your home, 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 with a live-in carer because the carers are only looking after a single client in one dwelling.
For residents 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 are very high. We have seen this tragic situation in care homes during the coronavirus pandemic at a time when seniors receiving live in care in their own homes had only a tiny fraction of deaths from COVID-19 compared to those in care homes.
What is a clear difference between having a professional live-in carer and being resident in care homes is the flexibility to enable older people to live their lives in the way that suits them. 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?
A live-in carer provides everything a residential or nursing home can provide – just better. Live-in home care can provide help with simple domiciliary care, personal or respite care, but also dementia or stroke care, where necessary, 24 hours a day. Tailored to you as an individual, enabling you to stay in your own home and 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 known 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. All of them are rated by the Care Quality Commission CQC.
Call us for a friendly chat about live-in care on 0330 311 2906 or read “What is the role of a live-in carer?” to find out more about how a professional caregiver living with you can make a huge difference to your quality of life.
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 live-in home care. But for other families, a live-in carer can be 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.
In other words, it is as adaptable as it is specialist yet care costs are comparable to a care or nursing home. Skilled carers can live in and provide the level 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 this type of assistance is one of the most flexible and adaptable forms of social care. It gives peace of mind to both the client and their family. Knowing elderly relatives are being looked after by a skilled, committed carer who can dedicate all their time and energy to their one client is the ideal 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.
Old people and their families can choose from a fully-managed service where an agency manages all the arrangements with the carers and ensures ongoing training of their staff. Alternatively, some agencies offer an introductory service, matching the right 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 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 home places it has been well-established for many years. The currently increasing popularity of live-in home care 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 care homes.
Ask any older person in the country to list their fears and worries about getting older and the issue which will be at the top of everyone’s list is the loss of freedom and independence. The thought of having to go into residential care worries most people precisely because they can imagine the regimented daily routines and the inability to come and go as they please.
Understandably many older people are looking for an alternative. One which is becoming ever more popular is live-in care at home.
Live-in home care, commonly known as live-in care, is where you have someone live with you in your own home to look after you. You will be matched with a professional carer who is fully trained and experienced in taking care of people. A carer can help with specific conditions such as dementia, or just to take care of your everyday needs.
Your professional carer can live with you full time 24/7 if needed or can attend your home on a part time basis. It all depends on what type of live in care you need.
Email us for independent advice at firstname.lastname@example.org or read “Funding Live-in Care in Your Own Home” to find out more about the costs of this life-enhancing approach to caregiving for older people.
One of the biggest advantages of receiving round-the-clock care at home comes with being able to stay in your own home surrounded by the familiar things and comforts that you’re used to. You sleep in your own bed as you’ve always done and have the continued privacy of your own bathroom. You can watch television when you like, take a nap in the afternoon or go out shopping whenever you want.
You maintain your independence with the freedom to enjoy doing the things you like in the comfort of your own surroundings but knowing that someone is there to take care of you.
When you enjoy the benefits of care at home this means you have the undivided and absolute attention of the person providing your care. Their job is to make your life easier by helping with any daily tasks such as cleaning and cooking, shopping, organising days out and even looking after your pets if you can’t.
The care-giver is also vigilant for any long term health conditions and liaising with medical personnel where needed. Should you be at risk of falls the care-giver is there to help ensure these are avoided. In fact, our Better At Home study revealed that people experience fewer falls when they have live-in care at home. Services can be customised to ensure your exact needs are met. If you need help to recover from medical procedures, remembering to take medications or personal care the help you need is available.
Find peace of mind for you and your family with live-in care, knowing you’re getting all the help you need to have a safe and independent life.
Professional care in your own home is a type of care that has previously been thought the preserve of a small percentage of the population, but in recent years better information and awareness has meant more people know that it is a viable option for them. Around 300 thousand people at any one time are in residential care homes in the UK and yet Live-in Care Hub research found that nearly 100% of people would rather not go into residential care if they become unwell or unable to take care of themselves.
So although residential care homes are an option for later life care, the chances are most people would rather stay in their own homes. It isn’t just about preferences either, as there is clear evidence that care at home is better for your health and wellbeing too.
Live-in care is a beneficial option for both the person needing care and their families. It is safe, affordable for many and allows the person to stay in their own home within a familiar community. Here are some of the key benefits :
When you need support at home, but you live on your own, you may be at risk of falls, issues with medicine schedules and at risk to yourself if you suffer from dementia. Live-in care provides help to stay safe in the home because there is always someone there with you. Carers can also suggest handy home corrections to make your home safer for you.
When you struggle to maintain a clean and tidy home your living environment can degrade, contributing to low moods and sometimes hygiene issues. Most professionals providing live in care will help with light housework, and more cleaning help can usually be arranged if needed.
With live-in care, supported activities will be encouraged daily to maintain a good level of health and independence. Help with grooming and personal care is also a part of the help provided. Specialist help like physiotherapy can also be arranged with trained professionals. Carers want to help clients be as independent as possible and support them in this aim by both organising activities and attending regular appointments with their client.
Live-in carers with nursing experience can help with the use of medical equipment, and can help with providing specialist nursing care to clients in their own home as part of an enhanced live in care package, if required.
Nutrition can be a real issue when you become elderly, particularly if a person struggles to cook for themselves, or to feed themselves. Live-in carers can ensure that nutritional needs are met and help with tasks like cooking and feeding, helping older people to enjoy a healthy diet. It’s all part of the service.
Email The Live-in Care Hub for independent advice at email@example.com or read some of the most Frequently Asked Questions at “Live-in Care FAQs” – or even submit a question of your own to find out more about how professional caregiving in your own home works.
Loneliness is a huge problem amongst the elderly and live-in care ensures that the client has companionship every single day. Carers will also help clients to maintain relationships with friends, family and neighbours and help encourage attendance to coffee mornings and community events with people of a similar age.
Because loneliness is not just an emotional experience it is also bad for your physical health and increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%. That is more of a risk factor than obesity or lack of exercise according to The Campaign To End Loneliness and you can find out more about the impact loneliness can have on health here.
These are just some examples of how live-in care at home is better for your health and wellbeing. Of course nursing homes and residential care homes provide support, but it isn’t dedicated, one-to-one support. There is also a lot to be said for being able to stay in the place you love the most, avoiding disruption and the stress of change.
For care in the home with a focus on clients living their happiest and healthiest life, look into live-in care today. Call or email us for independent advice on 0330 311 2906 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Live-in care is a popular form of care, and yet, many people still don’t know much about it. This could be for many reasons, including assumptions that it is too expensive, or perhaps not realising the many benefits it has. These following 5 facts may surprise you, and make you reconsider your future care:
Live-in Care Hub research shows that people who have a carer at home are less likely to fall than those in residential care homes. This means a decrease in the risk of having a hip fracture, one of the most common injuries amongst older people. Hip fractures are extremely painful, they may require surgery to heal properly, and if the person is already mostly immobile, that healing process can take a very long time. Live-in care reduces the chance of such an incident occurring in the first place.
The same Live-In Care Hub report revealed that the benefits of professional care at home extend beyond the physical, so much so that it showed people receiving live-in care have higher levels of happiness. Simple things like home-cooked meals, independence and maintaining a sense of freedom all contributed to this happiness.
You might not realise that the benefits of having live in care at home extend beyond the person receiving the care. When a person falls, which they are more likely to do in a care home than at home, they are prone to becoming weaker and are more likely to fall again. This is a huge issue with an ever-increasing ageing population, which in financial terms is bad news for the NHS. Currently bed-blocking occurs in hospitals where they cannot effectively move a person back into care because they will either fall again, or there isn’t a suitable place for them to receive professional care. With live-in care, patients are able to move from the hospital bed into their own home secure in the knowledge that they will receive the individual care they need.
Email The Live-in Care Hub for independent advice at email@example.com or click here to Find a Live-in Care Provider near you or a provider that covers your area. Many providers and agencies offer nationwide coverage.
One benefit of live-in care at home is being able to be with a beloved pet. This isn’t something many people think of when they consider the consequences of moving into residential care, but it is one of the most distressing consequences. In our No Place Like Home report, it was found that 20% of elderly people would refuse to go into care without their pet. Sadly, most residential care homes don’t allow pets, which is why over 2 million people in the UK know an elderly person who has had to have their pet put to sleep because they needed to move into care. Can you imagine how emotionally traumatic and distressing that is for somebody to go through? Live-in care means the pet is able to continue living with their owner, and the owner doesn’t have to go through the trauma of rehoming, or worse, putting down their pet.
Compared to residential care, live-in care is not as expensive as you might think and is certainly comparable. Fees are of course very much influenced by the level of live-in home care needed, so a person needing 24/7 care will incur higher fees compared to somebody needing minimal care. However, the costs are comparable to that of a care home, particularly when you’re looking at the care of a couple in their own home. It also provides a much higher level of value, because there is so much dedicated, one-to-one care.
When it comes to care in later life, it is so important to look at all of the options available, and with 97 percent of people preferring to receive care at home when becoming frail or unwell, it is certainly an excellent option.
A live-in carer is an excellent choice for later life but it isn’t right for everyone. Here we look at 5 key questions that can help you decide if it is right for you.
Live-in care provides many benefits including:
When you are planning later life care you should look at all of the different options available to you as an educated choice is always the best choice. However, it may be that your preferred care is to stay in your own home and have a professional live-in carer but you want to feel completely sure that it will be right for you. To help you with this important decision, here are five key questions to ask yourself when considering if this type of care is suitable:
Inevitably, a professional carer providing live in care services must share your home with you. If you have only lived with your partner, or lived alone for a long time, this could be a difficult adjustment. The live-in carer will be carefully selected for you but you have to first be willing to be flexible enough to have somebody living with you in your home when considering is it suitable for you.
How much care costs is particular to your individual needs, preferences and your financial situation. Care at home is affordable compared to residential care, but in certain situations it could be more expensive than a residential care home. So do take a look at our Care Funding Guidance booklet, which will give you a lot of useful information about the sort of things you need to know if you have to pay for your own care. Or just call us on our Freephone number 0800 055 6225 for a chat about your own particular circumstances.
Email The Live-in Care Hub for impartial advice about live-in carers at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to Find a Live-in Care Provider near you or a provider that covers your area. Many providers and agencies offer a nationwide coverage.
You may have dementia or a medical condition that calls for specific help. There are specialist carers available, but you should check that you are able to receive all the help you need at home. Sometimes nurses can come in to provide certain services alongside the day to day help from your carer making it more suitable for your circumstances.
Care providers will work hard to match you with a carer you like, or place somebody with whom they believe a good relationship can develop. Your carer will want to get to know you, know what food you like, what hobbies you like and how you like things done. It may take time so be prepared for that if you want this type of care to work for you.
This is the priority and should be your first consideration. Later life can be a new adventure that is just as fulfilling as other stages of your life. Look at all your care options including live in care services and residential care homes and think about which option would make you feel the happiest, because you deserve to be happy.
A live-in carer can provide an extremely supportive, caring and fulfilling option for later-life care, but think carefully about it and take your time deciding, after all it will be a big change and it can only be a success if you want it to be.
Searching for a live in care provider can feel like a difficult and daunting task. As this person will be living with and caring for you or a loved one it’s vitally important that you feel comfortable, safe and happy with the agency providing your care.
For more on live-in care and choosing a provider take a look at our Live-in Care Providers page.
Here are 5 key qualities to look for to ensure that you choose the best live in care agency for your loved one.
Your live in care provider should want to be fully informed about your loved ones condition, prognosis and personal preferences. This enables them to put together a care plan which is appropriate for you. Often small details can be missed – a good care provider will ask the right questions and take time to get to know you. They’ll be adept at reading between the lines to understand exactly what it is you want and need to get out of your relationship with them.
Your live in care provider should understand that a person’s requirements are as unique as they are. Your relative may have special requests and will need assurance about certain aspects of their care. For excellent care providers this will be absolutely fine – and they’ll be more than happy to oblige and try to fit in around you rather than applying a ‘one size fits all’ methodology to everyone.
Testimonials are a very important tool in the care decision-making process. Positive reviews indicate trust and good practice concerning existing clients. Negative reviews can also flag up potential pressure points. These may or may not be relevant to you – but the more you know about what it’s actually like to experience the live in care this agency or individual provides, the better.
A smile and great customer service goes a very long way – especially in the care industry. Everyone you encounter should be personable, attentive and understanding. They should be interested in your thoughts and comments and happy to answer any questions you may have. You should always feel comfortable discussing your live in care arrangements – and know that you’ll be listened to and taken seriously if you have any queries or complaints.
The company and the person who will be providing care for your relative should have plenty of experience and knowledge under their belts. In the live-in home care profession there are certain things you can’t know unless you’ve experienced them – and the intuitive aspects of care are simply invaluable. These often come in the form of little things which can make a big difference – like the way a carer handles difficult topics, or knows when something isn’t quite right. Always ask to see credentials, qualifications and request details of past experience – good providers will be happy to oblige.
For more on live-in home care and choosing a provider take a look at our Live-in Care Providers page.