With a population that is predicted to comprise 25 per cent elderly people (over 65) by 2045, excellent senior care options are needed more than ever before here in the UK. Live-in care, or home care, is becoming the preferred option for later life care, because there are so many benefits to it.
Here are just some of the many reasons there is a live-in care revolution starting to take place:
More Than Just Care
Live-in care is more than help with simple tasks. Home care provides the opportunity to develop a wonderful client to carer relationship because the client receives completely focused support, they receive help going out to attend clubs or community groups, or just to meet up with friends. The live-in care revolution is about whole-life care.
Statistics from our Better At Home report showed that the vast majority of older people do not want to move in to residential care if they became unwell or less able to care from themselves. Live-in care is the preferred option because of its many benefits:
One of the most worrying aspects of going into care is leaving behind companions. At the very least a person may have to be parted from their pet, and at worst from their spouse or partner. This can be traumatic for anyone let alone a frail older person, and with live-in care this doesn’t need to happen.
Clients can often receive specialist care from their carer with conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, MS, MND (Motor Neurone Disease) and end of life care. Or specialist care can be provided alongside regular home care.
A Sense Of Control
There are no timetables set by the carers as happens in a residential care home. Instead the client has all the control and is able to choose when they want to have breakfast, when they want to go out and when they would like to get up or go to bed. The client can even choose to enjoy a snack late at night while watching their favourite TV programme if they want.
Getting Out And About
A third of people in residential care and over half in nursing homes never leave their homes according to our research. With live-in care, a huge part of the carers job is enabling their client to get out and about and maintain their social life whenever possible.
Our research also shows that one third fewer falls occur with live-in care compared to residential care. Hip fractures are very serious as they not only cost the NHS hundreds of pounds in callouts and in-hospital care (which amounts to billions of pounds a year), but they also place the patient at a higher risk of long-term illness. Carers also work hard to keep the client as active as possible which contributes to their overall health.
These are just a few reasons that live-in care is becoming the most desirable care option for elderly people in the UK. With the NHS over capacity and the elderly population growing rapidly many people are taking more control over the later stages of their life so they can enjoy themselves for as long as possible. The live-in care revolution provides many solutions to many problems.