Live-in care is an excellent choice for later life care but it isn’t right for everyone. Here we look at five key questions that can help you decide if it is right for you.
Live-in care provides many benefits including:
- 1 to 1 care
- Helping clients maintain their social life, hobbies and clubs
- Ensuring that the health of the client is as optimum as possible
- Keeping clients in a familiar place
- Enabling clients to remain with partners and pets
- Providing an affordable alternative to residential care
When you are planning later life care you should look at all of the different options available to you as an educated choice is 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 is live-in care suitable:
Are You Comfortable Living With Somebody Else?
Inevitably, a professional live-in carer providing home 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 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 live-in care suitable for you.
Can You Afford It?
How much care costs is particular to your individual needs, preferences and your financial situation. In-home care 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.
Are Your Needs Catered For?
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 live-in care suitable for your circumstances.
Are You Ready To Get To Know Somebody New?
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.
Does It Make You Happy?
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 home care services and residential care homes and think about which option would make you feel the happiest, because you deserve to be happy.
In-home care 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.