Find out how live-in care is a wonderful way for carers to have a truly positive impact in many different ways.
Our population is ageing as we all know, and with that comes increasing pressure on the care industry to provide adequate care for the elderly. The NHS is struggling as it is, and yet they have to fill in the gaps that elderly care currently cannot fulfil.
There are also statistics showing that many carers in residential care home positions are leaving their jobs, 928 a day to be precise in 2017. This means even fewer carers for those in need, and fewer good options.
However, there is one very important part of the care industry that could be an answer to many of the issues facing the country’s elderly care crisis, and that is live-in care, or in home care.
Live-in care is where a trained carer lives in the home of the person needing care, and they provide full-time care for that person (sometimes on a rota basis with another carer, for example 2 weeks on 2 weeks off).
This type of care can also be provided to couples and the costs compare favourably with residential care (because you are not paying twice); it isn’t a care option limited to the very wealthy. It is also a more rewarding role for the carer than working in a care home with the rigid time restrictions often preventing carers from providing the level of care and social interaction and support they would like.
Here are some of the ways live-in carers can have a positive impact:
The NHS is struggling in many areas, but one issue is the elderly coming in for treatment, and having to remain in the hospital once they are well again because adequate care cannot be found for them in a residential home. Live-in carers enable those beds to be freed up for somebody else in more need of medical treatment, because the patient can come home and be cared for often achieving better outcomes through the dedicated one to one support the professional carer is able to provide. Trained carers can provide support like personal care, companionship and cleaning and cooking; and the patient can receive additional support at home from NHS nurses if needed.
In a residential nursing home or a care home, a client may well be happy. However, most people wouldn’t choose to go into residential care, according to our research here at the Live In Care Hub. Most people would not choose to leave their partner, pets, neighbours, house, hobbies and whole life behind to move into one room within a facility, where someone else decides when you get up and go to bed, what you eat and generally how you live your life.
Live-in carers enable a person to live the best possible independent life at home. They enable them to have a high quality of life with social outings, hobbies, conversations, individual care and exercise. The kind of later life most of us would wish for. A trained live- in carer is there to help an elderly person live the most fulfilling life possible.
Working in a place where there is no time to properly care for people will inevitably take its toll. Unfortunately, there is a lot of pressure on carers in care homes who sometimes have mere minutes to provide personal care to a person. Sometimes there simply isn’t time for a chat. For someone with a big heart, who wants to do the best for their clients – that just isn’t the type of caring they want to provide. Live-in care, however, enables a carer to be the best carer they can be. They have time to chat, tend to nutritional needs and to make their client happy in any number of small ways.
The distress involved in taking somebody to a residential home can be heart wrenching for clients’ families, and yet, that is preferable to their family member being unsafe at home. But there is another option – by providing live-in care, the family know their relative is happy, healthy and safe in the comfort of their own home.
Live-in Care has a positive impact on everyone. Read our reports “Better at Home” and “No Place Like Home” for more information or contact us for impartial advice, either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0330 311 2906.