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Live-in Care Enables Carers To Have A Positive Impact


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 Country

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.

The Client

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.

The Carers

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.

Family Members

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 or by phone on 0330 311 2906.

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13 Comments. Leave new

  • Useful information – live-in carers can truly make a huge impact on someone’s life.

  • Another good read. Who wants to stay on in hospital, loose your own freedom or being able to do what you want in your own home…NO ONE!!
    If Live-in Care is an option for you, then grab it with both hands and see how happy your parents/relatives can be. 🙂

  • This gives such a great perspective of live-in care as part of the bigger picture

  • This is really true, who wouldn’t prefer to be in their own home, live-in care is such a fantastic option.

    • You are absolutely right that people prefer to stay in their own homes – unfortunately people don’t always know they have a choice. So many older people and their families think the only option is a care home but we are working hard to raise awareness of the live-in care options.

  • A lovely read and really encaptures the spirit and benefits of having a carer live-in your own home with you.

  • Great post – live-in carers can have a positive impact for a client and their family in so many ways!

    • Glad you like the post Kate – and you’re right that the positive impact extends to the family as well as the client. I know a live-in carer who, after the client passed away, became a trusted friend to his widow. The carer went on to provide friendship and support for the wife left behind in small ways, even though she didn’t need care – she helped with the garden, for example.

      When the right carer is placed with a client they can build these trusted relationships in a way that I don’t believe you ever could with carers in a care home. No fault, of course, of carers in care homes – it is simply that they don’t have the time to build the same sort of relationship.

  • the impact a carer can have is not to be underestimated -special people!

  • Great post!

  • This post re-iterates what a great option live-in care can be! One of my father’s carers had such a wonderful relationship with my parents (whilst caring for my father) that when he sadly passed away, became a great friend of my mother and helped her through a very difficult time in her life. Many years have now passed and they are still close friends.

  • There are so many benefits to your health and well-being, remaining in familiar surroundings and being able to continue to be an active part of your community.

    • You’re absolutley right Kevin about the benefits of staying part of the community – that is so important to older people whether it’s their church or other place of worship or a coffee morning at the local community centre – these and other activities make people really feel part of a community and that has such a positive effect on well-being.


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