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Five Surprising Facts About Live-In Care

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Live-in care is a popular choice of care, and yet many people still don’t know a lot about it. Here we look at five surprising facts to help you understand more about live-in care.

 

Live-in care is a popular form of care, and yet, many people still don’t know a lot about it. This could be for many reasons, including assumptions that it is too expensive, or perhaps not realising the many benefits that it has for those receiving it. These following five facts about live-in care will most definitely surprise you, and likely make you think twice about your future care options:

People Who Have Live-In Care Are Less Likely To Have A Hip Fracture

The Live-In Care Hub published staggering research results in their handy ‘Better At Home’ report, which showed that people who have home care are less likely to fall than those in residential care. This led to a decrease in the risk of having a hip fracture, one of the most common injuries amongst the elderly and frail. 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 an awful incident like that occuring in the first place.

People Receiving Live-in Care Have Higher Levels Of Happiness

The same Live-In Care Hub report revealed that the benefits of home care 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 a higher level of happiness.

Live-In Care Saves The NHS Money & Resources

You might not realise that the benefits of having home care 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 care. With live-in care, patients are able to move from the hospital bed into their home and receive the individual care they need.

Pets Mean More Than You Think

One surprising benefit of having homecare is the huge benefit of getting to stay with a beloved pet. This isn’t something many people think of when they think of the consequences of moving into residential care, but it is one of the most distressing consequences. In the No Place Like Home report released by the Live In Care Hub, 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 worst putting down their pet.

Live-In Care Is Not As Expensive As You Might Think

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 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. Live-in care also provides a much higher level of value, because there is so much dedicated, one to one care.

Hopefully you are feeling pleasantly surprised by these live-in care facts. When it comes to care, it is so important to look at all of the options available, and with 97 percent of people preferring to receive home care when becoming frail or unwell, live-in care is certainly an excellent option.

 

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  • Hi Anna,

    Another great post. It is surprising how much we value our home life and pets. When my parents needed care, they insisted on staying at home. They had been there for 30 years and they wanted to stay together till the end. Live in care made this possible for us and the carers became part of the family.

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    • Thanks Fiona,
      I totally agree that it isn’t until the reality of needing care hits that people start to realise how much they are giving up when they move out of the family home they have probably been in for many years. And, of course, when a couple both need care there can be the awful prospect of being split up. I’m so glad live-in care made it possible for your parents to stay together and stay in their own home.

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  • Aaryanna Cox Gordon
    September 14, 2017 1:43 pm

    its quite incredible to think that people are higher risk of falls in a care home. I think most of us consider that a care home give round the clock care when in lots of cases it doesnt. My advice to anyone looking for care is to really take time to ascertain how much ‘touch time’ you get, which is the beauty of having a live-in carer!

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  • Another important fact is that with live-in care you get 1 to 1 care rather than 1 to many that you’d get in a care home!

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    • Yes, absolutely Janet – you’re right that one-to-one care really means that when you have a live-in carer, unlike in a residential care home. I will focus on that in an upcoming blog post as it’s important to highlight that major advantage…

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  • They’re all such good points that are just not promoted enough. It seems that no matter how much bad press there is about care homes, live in care is the second choice. Is this because a care home is the ‘easy option’?

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