In 2016 11.8 million people in the UK were considered elderly, and by 2066 there will be over 8 million more elderly people to add to that. This means that there is a rapidly increasing demand for good quality elderly care.
However, residential care, which is the kind of care most people assume they will receive, is struggling to keep up with demand and places are becoming harder to secure. The NHS and social services are struggling to find enough care home beds for elderly patients to move into, and the situation is no easier for those arranging and paying for their own care. Add to that the fact that almost all older people would prefer not to go into residential care when they become unable to care for themselves, and there is a clear need for an alternative.
Luckily, there is a life-enhancing alternative in the form of live in care. Live in care is where instead of moving into a residential care home, a professional carer moves into the home of the person in need of care. They live within the home, enabling the person to stay in the place they love the most with maximum independence and safety. This can be a fantastic option for families who do not want their loved one to move into a care home or for people who wish to remain in their own home with dignity.
How Does Live-in Care Work?
It is important to point out that live-in care packages are always tailored to meet the needs of the client. Most carers who live in the home will be expected to prepare meals for their client, alongside the very personal nature of caring such as help with personal care, washing, dressing, going to the toilet; and getting in and out of bed. Clearly the companionship of the carer is of great benefit to the client, and so a huge effort is made to ensure there is rapport between client and carer which positively impacts on well-being and prevents loneliness.
Which Services Are Provided With Live-in Care?
Basic services usually involve cooking and personal care and then beyond that, it comes down to the client’s individual needs. It may be that you need specialist care for dementia or stroke recovery, in which case the company will find a carer to meet those needs. It may be you require basic care, but also want help gardening, cleaning and taking care of your pet. Carers who want to provide those services will be matched to your needs.
Other Live-in Care Uses
Live-in care does not have to be just for patients who require long-term 24/7 care. It can be useful for clients who require more emotional support and reassurance during recovery from an illness or injury. It can work for short-term respite, or for some room and time to consider longer term care options. It can be useful during short term recovery at home from operations or rehabilitation after other hospital stays.
Arranging Live-in Care
It is important to look into all care options to ensure you have everything you need to make an informed choice about your own care or care of a family member. The first step is often a care assessment to get a good idea of care needs. You may also wish to speak to an Independent Financial Advisor, speak to friends and family members and your GP.