Read about bespoke elderly care and live-in care and how it can help provide a life-enhancing alternative to residential care.
The UK population is ageing quickly – according to Age UK:
- There are over 11 million people aged over 65 in the UK
- The number of people aged 60 and over is likely to reach over 20 million by 2030
- By 2040 nearly 1 in 4 people in the UK will be aged over 65
- The number of people aged over 85 is likely to more than double within the next three decades
With an increase in the elderly population comes a constant increase in the need for care. 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.
For these reasons, and many more, live-in care has risen in popularity as a viable alternative to residential care.
Live-in care 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 helps them 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. Live-in Care Hub research revealed that nearly 100% of people do not want to go into residential care if they become unwell or unable to care for themselves.
For the future of care here in the UK, live-in care is a really important alternative to residential care homes which for many people are not the preferred choice, or even available in some instances.
Live-in Elderly Care: Tailored To Your Needs
Most residential care homes operate 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 care, 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 live-in care, the level of care is completely tailored to the needs of the client because the care is 1-to-1. Carers working in live-in care are able to completely excel in their duties, offering the kind of care they were trained to provide. Basic care duties of a carer providing live-in care usually include:
- Helping clients with personal tasks like getting washed and dressed
- Cooking for clients and meeting nutritional needs
- Helping clients get to appointments and social events
- Helping with medicine administration and organisation
- Performing light cleaning around the house
Live-in carers may also provide additional services unique to the client’s needs including, but not limited to:
- Specialist stroke care, dementia care or care for specific medical needs
- Nursing care
- Accompaniment on trips and holidays
- Pet care
Of course, individual packages are individually priced and the amount of work completed by a carer is reflected in the cost. However, it is important to know that 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 package that is completely focused on your loved one having the best possible quality of life whether it is basic or more complex in its arrangements.
The Next Step
If you are interested in live-in care get in touch by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org for unbiased advice.
The more informed you are, the better able you will be to make the best decision with or for your loved one.