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What Are the Benefits of 24-Hour Live-in Care?

Benefits of 24-hour care include:

  • Companionship
  • Familiar surroundings
  • Assistance with activities, hobbies and meetups
  • Independence

24-hour care is an ideal solution for elderly people who wish to remain living in the comfort of their own home.

Whether your older relative has medical needs that require a high level of support, or they are lonely and would benefit from a constant companion, at-home care is a cost-effective option.

Why opt for at-home care?

By managing things so that your elderly relative can stay in their own home, you will be helping to maintain the stability of their day-to-day life.

Many older people, particularly if they have dementia, find the move into a care home a profoundly upsetting and confusing experience.

Companion care offers the chance for your relative to maintain their independence at the level that best suits them, giving them a sense of control over their destiny that is often lacking when living within a group care setting.

Personal relationship

Live-in care offers the benefits of being able to build a personal relationship with the carers looking after your relative. This type of elderly care offers real flexibility, as the needs and wants of the care recipient will always be the highest priority.

So, whether they are looking for some help with their shopping, or would like someone to accompany them on a day out to a nearby attraction, this can be easily accommodated.

Familiar surroundings

Providing the means for an older person to remain in the familiar surroundings of their much-loved property impacts on all aspects of their life, particularly mental health and well-being.

This type of care at home is used on a long-term basis, to provide support for older people who are struggling to look after themselves. Companion care can also be invaluable to those care recipients who may be able to take care of themselves, but are lonely and are missing out on activities and pastimes that give them a sense of purpose.

Overcoming the challenges of old age

Getting older is inevitable, but if the challenges that age brings can be managed sensitively, it is possible to lead a fulfilling life, while retaining a sense of independence.

For an older person who has, up to this point, always had a fulfilling social life, the slowing down of old age can lead to frustration. If the mind is active, but the physical body is failing, isolation and loneliness can quickly follow.

However, a live–in carer facilitates activities such as hobbies and meet ups with friends and family members, allowing an older person to have the freedom to live as they wish.

Companion care is a good option to consider when it comes to looking after the best interests of the care recipient, and it can help to alleviate the loneliness so commonly experienced by many older people, particularly if they are dealing with the loss of a partner.

Mikis’care story

In this short video, Nick and Maro explain their reasons for choosing Elder live-in care. They discuss how live-in care has allowed Nick’s father Mikis to stay independent in his own home while making a new friend at the same time.

A credible alternative

Organising 24-hour care is a credible alternative to the more traditional path of moving an older person into a care home. Live-in care can be a significant factor in eliminating the emotional upheaval generated when an older person is forced to move out of their home.

Dementia care

Live-in care can be a good fit for those who require dementia care, especially if they have a tendency to wander. Having someone present 24-hours a day offers peace of mind to relatives, who may not live close.

A live-in carer is also ideally suited to deal with any falls or other emergency situations that an older person may experience, day or night. Carers can offer help with any aspect of day-to-day living, including personal care.

Maintaining independence

In contrast to care or nursing homes, a round-the-clock carer allows the older person to live as independently as possible in their familiar environment.

The caregiver fits into the life of the care recipient, not the other way round. This means that familiar routines can easily be followed, and preferences can be met, such as preferred meals and activities.

Carers can assist with a multitude of tasks, including shopping, preparing and cooking meals, housekeeping, laundry, going to GP or hospital appointments, and visits to places of interest.

The support can be bespoke, according to the needs of your relative. If your loved one is getting to the point where they require round-the-clock care or companionship, care-at-home is an ideal alternative to a nursing or care home.

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