When Does Your Loved One Need 24-hour Live-in Care?
Live-in care would be a good option for your loved one if they:
- Would gain advantage from round-the-clock care
- Are struggling to perform household tasks
- Would benefit from a companion
Some elderly people are lucky enough to reach their stage of life while living independently, but for many older people, there may come a time when they need some form of assistance with their day-to-day living.
If your loved one is struggling to perform household tasks such as cleaning, shopping and cooking, or having difficulty with bathing, dressing or toileting, he or she may benefit from 24/7 live-in care at home.
There are different types of care packages available according to your loved one’s needs. These are almost certain to increase over time, and care plans can be adapted to take this into account.
What is domiciliary care?
Domiciliary care provides help within the home once your loved one is unable to manage completely independently, with carers coming to the home for anything from 15 minutes to a couple of hours, to provide help with getting up, bathing and eating.
Everyone is entitled to a free assessment of their home from their local authority, to check its suitability for the age and health condition of the inhabitant. You may be advised to install handrails, a stairlift or other equipment to make life easier and safer for your loved one.
Your local social services department will inform you of any grants available to your loved one and a personal budget may be allocated to the care recipient, which can be spent on private care if you choose to do so.
What does a live-in carer do?
You can arrange 24-hour care from private care service providers such as Elder. Elder provides a dedicated care worker who will move into your loved one’s home to provide round-the-clock support wherever it is needed.
The caregiver can provide all aspects of elderly care, from basic companion care through to specialised services, such as dementia care, ensuring your loved one’s happiness and safety at all times of the day and night.
Elder carefully matches the caregiver to your loved one’s needs, personality and temperament, to ensure the best possible match, as this helps to promote strong bonds of friendship, which is crucial for a successful relationship. Your loved one’s needs are determined, to make sure that the caregiver understands their requirements and can fulfil them with the minimum of fuss.
A live-in carer can provide friendly companionship in addition to tasks such as hoovering, shopping and preparing tasty and nutritious meals. The carer will organise medical appointments and take charge of prescriptions and medication, ensuring that it is taken correctly.
Stimulating days out can also be arranged along with other social events. Most importantly, you can relax in the knowledge that your loved one is being cared for throughout the day and night.
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.
The advantages of live-in care
A key benefit of care at home is that it allows your loved one can remain in their home, surrounded by their possessions, with friends and neighbours nearby.
Members of the older generation pride themselves on their independence, which is why so many of them fear giving it up to move into residential care. Thanks to in-home carers, your loved one can remain in familiar surroundings, with help and assistance close at hand whenever it is needed.
When both your parents are still living in their own home, live-in care becomes even better value for money, as you will only be paying for one carer, as opposed to two places in residential care. Even if one of your parents is still relatively self-sufficient, having an extra pair of hands around the home can be extremely beneficial, helping to take the strain off of that family member.
Of course, it’s possible to source your own live-in carer, but bear in mind that you will then have to perform DBS checks yourself to make sure that applicants are suitable for the position. Checking up on references and verifying previous work history take up valuable time, and you will also be responsible for paying the carer.
You will be liable for paying the carer’s tax and National Insurance contributions from their salary, and for providing some form of pension. That’s why so many families choose a company such as Elder, to take charge of all the details, leaving your loved one free to reap the benefits that a live-in carer can bring.
How do I arrange live-in care?
If you feel that your loved one can no longer manage in their own home without help, then it’s a simple matter of organising a live-in carer. Contact Elder to arrange a no-obligation care consultation, so that you can see for yourself the benefits of a dedicated caregiver.
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