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24-hour Live-in Care: Is It a Good Idea?

Home is where the heart is

Many older people have lived in their family home for years – it is their base and the place they feel safe and secure. There is a great deal to be said for them being able to stay in a long-standing home, which is full of familiar things that represent their life history.

Familiar setting

Remaining in a known environment can be particularly important for those people requiring dementia care, for whom the shock of moving into a care setting may be upsetting at this vulnerable stage in their lives.

Establishing and maintaining daily routines in a familiar place can be an essential factor in maximising a sense of stability for those living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Sense of community

Remaining at home, with at-home care, means that care recipients retain a sense of community and can continue to participate in community activities, with help if necessary. A live-in carer can support older people as they continue to live their day-to-day lives.

One-on-one care can help with things like pursuing a favourite hobby, enjoying a meal out, going to church, or something as simple as popping to the shops. However, home care is much more than a practical option and a dedicated carer will often be able to boost the confidence of their care recipient, enabling them to resume activities they may have let slip, and even perhaps trying new ones.

Bespoke care

Carers are carefully matched to each person’s particular needs and can respect their routines and wishes, often becoming a functional part of the household. As long as it is appropriate and fits in with any medical or other needs, care recipients can carry on their normal life, fully supported in any way by their carer.

Being able to stay in their own home, surrounded by their things, gives a real sense of purpose to many older people, and 24/7 at-home care allows them to retain a sense of independence and decision making, while receiving targeted support.

Animal friends

Without necessity to move, recipients of care-at-home can continue living in the familiar comfort of their own property, close to family, friends and local services. Many older people are pet owners and will reap wellbeing benefits from being able to stay with, and help look after their animals.

Dulcie’s care story

Duclie is one of our longest serving customers. In this video her and her family talk through their decision to arrange care in the home rather than the care home.

Peace of mind

Another plus of live-in 24-hour care is the peace of mind such an arrangement gives to the elderly person’s loved ones. Knowing that your relative is well cared for in their own home brings a great sense of security. This may be particularly true if you live far away, or even in a different country, from your relative.


Selecting an at-home carer is a personal process. Every care recipient is matched with a team of two carers, each of whom lives with them on a fortnightly rotational basis, for maximum stability. Factors such as hobbies, interests, outlook and day-to-day care needs are all carefully considered.

This approach means that the carer and care recipient can form a close bond, and it allows holistic and practical solutions to be part of the care package.

Such bespoke care is unique to at-home care – residential care homes are simply not set up to allow this sort of personal approach. An at-home care package is designed to be flexible, and changes can be made as and when circumstances alter.


There are two main alternatives to live-in care. The first is visiting care, where carers come into the care recipient’s home once or twice a day.

This will often involve different carers making it unlikely that the older person will be able to build up a relationship with their carers. As an arrangement, this can be very disruptive and is unlikely to be suitable for those older people with dementia.

The other alternative is to arrange care in a residential care home setting. This can be prohibitively expensive and is often against the wishes of the elderly person, who will usually be keen to stay in their own home, surrounded by familiar possessions, if possible.

As mentioned above, moving into a care home can be an upsetting experience for many older people, as it invariably leads to a loss of autonomy and sense of self.

Live-in care is an excellent, cost-effective alternative option to care in a residential home or nursing home. It means that the older person can concentrate on physical and mental tasks that are likely to improve their quality of life, and less on more menial tasks, such as cooking or cleaning.

Using an elderly care provider such as Elder, can be seen as investing, not only in a carer, but also in a valuable companion, able to offer support, reassurance and friendship!

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Many older people have lived in their family home for years – it is their base, the place they feel safe and secure. There is a great deal to be said for them being able to stay in a long-standing home, full of familiar things that represent their life history.

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