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Live-in Care: What Is It?

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

Here’s how it can help elderly people whatever their specific needs:

Personal CareWhen you need help with washing, dressing or medication a live-in carer can provide all that and more
NutritionPreparing well-balanced meals and helping you eat are all part of a live-in carer's role
Household ChoresKeeping your home clean and tidy, all general household chores and often gardening and pet care too.
Emotional supportThe importance of emotional support cannot be under-stated. Live-in care supports the whole person; it can help avoid loneliness and isolation, and boost both physical and mental health.
Hobbies and social eventsHelping continue with favourite hobbies and attending social events is another benefit of live-in care. So even if your dexterity is reduced or you have mobility issues these avenues of enjoyment can still be available.
Staying in your own homeLast, but not least, nothing can compare with the familiarity of your own home filled with a lifetime's possessions.

 

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

Support you need to live how you want to, every day, even if you have a serious health condition or limited mobility. You can go to bed and get up when you want, eat what you want, when you want  – even the simple pleasure of choosing what to wear. These basic human needs are not offered in an residential care setting.

You don’t have to go into a care home. Find out about live in care and put your mind at ease.

 

Live-in Care is dedicated one-to-one care from a professional carer 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 have the experience to match up full-time professional carers with clients but also the impartiality to give genuinely unbiased advice because we are a not-for-profit organisation. We can help you 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, unlike carers in residential homes who have strict limits on how much time they can spend with each person.

 

Life-Enhancing Elderly Care 

There are so many benefits to live in care that we feel everyone should know that it is an option. If you become ill or frail – it doesn’t mean you will have to go into a home – there is always a choice.

Of course, care in your own home provides 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.

Even for those with complex medical conditions such as Dementia an experienced carer combined with the right nursing support enables many people to have in-home care. In the case of those living with dementia, staying on your own home with additional social interaction can improve quality of life. 

 

Understanding Dementia

 

What services do live-in carers provide?

Professional carers are flexible about the services they provide and will personalise their services for specific needs. Here are just some of the tasks that a live-in carer offers:

  • 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

 

Finding the right live-in carer

It is a big step to have someone come and live in your home. There are practical issues such as preparing a spare bedroom room but also potential emotional issues having someone new living with you. Those concerns are perfectly natural but are out-weighed by the benefits such as professional 24/7 care and support for those who are frail or ill; and peace of mind for the whole family.

Why not talk directly to one of the excellent care providers who are part of the Live-in Care Hub or call us for impartial help and advice on 0330 311 2906

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.

Most older people have an instinctive desire to stay in their 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 even if they became frail or unwell .

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:

Safety

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

Consideration

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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  • It is a big step for an older person to agree to have someone come and live with them to look after them. but the alternatives are IMO much worse. Carers visiting 2 or 3 times a day but never quite having enough time to complete their tasks and certainly not having enough time just to chat and provide a bit of companionship. Or moving out of your home into a care home, which is just a single room in an institution with little freedom of choice.

    I know which I’d prefer so thanks for highlighting the advantages of live-in care – surely what old people deserve.

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  • I agree that old people need something better than the dreaded care home when they become frail. And my experience of the carers provided by social services is that they just do not have enough time (15 minute visits sometimes) and it rarely seems to be the same person twice so is effectively just a stream of strangers entering the home.

    Live-in care sounds ideal but at what financial cost?

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    • Thanks for commenting Rory – sounds like you already know about the downsides of the typical elderly care services here in the UK.

      Live-in care is a great option and for people self-funding anyway (because they have assets greater than the ~£23K threshold) costs are very similar to care homes. If a couple both need care then it is significantly cheaper because 1 carer can look after 2 people in their own home.

      Our report “Better At Home 2019” has more information about costs and how they vary across the country.

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