what is live-in care?

What Does Live-In Care Mean?


Live-in care means having a fully trained carer living with you in your own home to meet all your needs:

  • Help with washing, dressing and medication
  • Preparing and help with eating food
  • Chores, gardening and pet care
  • Physical and emotional support
  • Support continuing with hobbies and social events
  • Staying in your own home


Live in care helps elderly people remain independent, in their own home, with all the security of professional help close at hand 24/7.


When asked about this type of  home care many people describe it as the support they need to live how they want to, every day. That means going to bed and getting up when you want, eating what you want, when you want  – even the simple pleasure of choosing what to wear.

For anyone worried about their future care and worried about having to go into a home, finding out about live in care could put your mind at ease.

What Does Live-in Care Mean? Dedicated one-to-one care from a trained professional 24/7

It is only natural that you or a loved one have concerns when planning care as you get older – it is something very few of us have experience of in our own lives.

That’s where the Live-in Care Hub can help. We can help you select the right care provider and the right carer – one who will have the training and support of a care provider that is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association. All of these care providers share a vision to enlighten everyone about the benefits of live-in care and guarantee the very highest standards of care.

We have the experience to know how to match up carers with clients but also the impartiality to give genuinely unbiased advice because we are a not-for-profit organisation. With our help you can find a carer who has the skills and experience to provide your specific care needs but also who will be a good fit in terms of personality and temperament.

We find that live in carers tend to exceed the expectations of the people they look after. They have the time to provide dedicated one-to-one care and companionship. This is unlike many carers in residential homes who have strict limits on how much time they can spend with each person.

Elderly care that exceeds expectations

There are so many benefits to live in care that we feel everyone should know that it is an option for them. If you become ill or frail there is more than one option for support. It doesn’t have to mean going into a home – something so many of us don’t wish to do but think we have no choice. There is always a choice.

Elderly care that you deserve

What services do live-in carers provide?

Most home carers are very flexible in terms of the services they provide and their duties can be tailored to specific needs. This is usually agreed at the outset but carers and care providers recognise that needs change so there is always room to be flexible.  Here are just some of the tasks that a dedicated carer would typically provide:

  • Buying food and other shopping
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Light housework
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Administering medication
  • Picking up prescriptions
  • Making doctor’s appointments
  • Driving you to appointments
  • Help washing and dressing
  • Getting to the toilet or continence help
  • Getting in and out of bed
  • Looking after a pet
  • Trips out and about
Senior care that makes a difference to your life

There is much more that a live in carer can provide than is typically associated with senior care. Of course, they provide the necessary personal care but it is the emotional support, the one-to-one time and the time to just sit and chat that can make all the difference.

Naturally, there are some older people with complex medical conditions. Dementia or Parkinson’s disease, say, but again with the right carer and the right nursing support it is still possible to have in-home care. In fact, in the case of those living with dementia, the additional social interaction with care provided at home has been shown to improve quality of life. A carer working with a client in their own home can organise nursing care or may themselves provide the medical assistance needed.

Enabling elderly people to remain independent
Find the right live-in carer

Even for those who are ill or frail, a live-in carer and a care program tailored to your needs means you can continue living your life in the way you want, as far as is possible; with the security of dedicated one-to-one support 24/7. That means security for you and peace of mind for your family.

But it is still a big step to have someone come and live in your home. Apart from the practicalities of having enough room to accommodate a carer there may also be concerns about how you will feel emotionally having someone new living with you. Those concerns are perfectly natural and you should talk them through with friends and family first.

When you feel ready to take the next step and talk to the professionals about care you can either talk directly to one of the excellent care providers who are part of the Live-in Care Hub or call us for help and advice on 0330 311 2906

We have helped many people find the right live-in carer for them – everyone is different and every carer is different so there will be someone right for you. All of the care providers who are members of the Live-in Care Hub are experts in understanding each client, their interests, likes, dislikes; and experts in finding the carer that best suits your personality and lifestyle.

Why Choose Live-in Care?

There are any number of reasons why you might want to stay in your own home as you age and all of them are understandable.

There are also many reasons why someone doesn’t want to go into a care home – again all perfectly understandable. You should never feel pressured to move into a care home or feel it is your only option.

As we’ve explained there is another, better alternative to a care home and that’s live-in care.

We could list all the advantages and disadvantages of care homes but sometimes it just comes down to an instinctive desire to stay in your own home – and that is possible for almost everyone. Recent research in our Better At Home Report shows that 97% of people would rather stay at home if they became frail or unwell so you’re not alone in feeling that way.

Better Quality Care

After dedicating a lifetime to your family you deserve the best quality of care in old age. Sadly, families are often dispersed geographically or unable to care for older relatives because they work full-time; so you may have to seek care from the professionals. Whatever type of care you choose remember that everyone receiving elderly care should expect the following:


You should always feel safe with your carer(s) and expect them to have the relevant skills and experience. They will be well-supported so they can provide high quality care.


Your opinions and personal preferences are important and should be treated as such. Carers should always treat you with respect and consideration.

Quality of Life

Older people are individuals and should be cared for as such. It matters what you wear, how your hair is done, what you eat and what you do for entertainment. These are some of the things that contribute to a good quality of life.



Elderly care options can be overwhelming but the Live-in Care Hub is here to help you make the best decision for you so get in touch either by email on hello@liveincarehub.co.uk or just call us on 0330 311 2906 for expert advice.

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4 Comments. Leave new

  • Live in care needs to become more widely known about. Is it just care homes that hit the press? And is it for the wrong reasons more than the right reasons? Is that why they are more widely considered over Live in care?

  • There is certainly more awareness about elderly care homes in the general population and less about alternative options. Social services, in my experience, do little to explain the other options, such as live-in care. Their default position seems to be to suggest a care home when things become difficult at home. Maybe there needs to be a re-education campaign for the professionals to ensure they recommend the solution that is best for the eldlery person.

  • Definitely think professionals need to be made more aware of alternative options to care homes – after all who has ever know someone who willingly wanted to go into a care home. It is usually a last resort because they or their family don’t know of other options of think they’ll be too expensive.
    We should help all older people stay in their own homes wherever possible by ensuring they can find the right professional in-home care. They manage to do it in other countries in Europe so why not in the UK?

  • Staying at home is definitely a better option for old people if the can get professional care at home: either someone who visits 2-3 times a day or live-in carer. All the care homes I’ve been to are so depressing why would anyone want to live there. There has to be a better way to look after old people that is affordable for all. Social Services could recommend live-in care when they are funding a client but fir some reason they don’t.
    As other commenters have said maybe they need to be educated about the health benefits for old people of staying at home


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