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The benefits of live-in care
- Live- in care has benefits ranging from physical and mental health benefits to social benefits.
- Anyone with care needs from dementia care to arthritis care can benefit from live-in care.
- Live-in care can benefit those who wish to retain independence and remain in their home.
Live-in care has many benefits for both the care recipient and their family members. The purpose of live-in care is to allow the elderly to stay in their home, while ensuring they receive the necessary care for all their needs.
Being able to stay in your own home surrounded by your most prized possessions and memories is a benefit in itself, but in turn this also provides many other benefits in terms of both physical and mental health, socialisation and lifestyle.
In addition to the most obvious social and lifestyle benefits of live-in care, there may be some you have never thought of such as being able to stay at home with a pet or eat the meals you want and require.
Who can benefit from live-in care?
Conditions we care for
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There are a number of people who can benefit from live-in care. Put simply, anyone who wishes to remain in their own home yet requires full-time care can benefit from live-in care.
This can include a number of elderly people – from those who require mobility assistance, to those with complex care needs such as dementia care or arthritis care.
Couples who wish to stay together
One of the common reasons people choose live-in care is so they can stay with their loved one. When choosing alternative care options, there is always the risk that a couple may be separated. Whether one remains in the home, or they both leave their home.
Research by Age UK found that elderly people are 1.6 times more likely to experience loneliness if they live alone. In turn, loneliness can lead to a decrease in wellbeing and quality of life.
Live-in care allows couples to stay together, while receiving the full-time care that one of them, or both, require.
Those with complex care needs
Live-in care offers 24/7 home care assistance – whether the individual has low or high care requirements. Our carer’s are specialists in a variety of complex care needs – which we take into consideration when matching you with a carer.
Live-in carers can be trained to specialise in various needs – that could be dementia care, Parkinson’s care,diabetes care, or another common care requirement. Regardless of the condition, your carer’s role is all about. l ensuring medication and treatment schedules are followed in addition to assisting with everyday tasks such as personal care, housekeeping and cooking.
The benefits of live-in care
Live-in care is consistent, around-the-clock care,offering peace of mind for family and friends as well as dedicated, bespoke care to the care recipient. It offers a level of trust and friendship between the carer and receiver which helps to ensure the carer feels like a part of the family.
Live-in carers have a multitude of responsibilities – from helping around the house, cleaning, cooking and looking after pets to helping with personal hygiene and ensuring medication is taken on time. Whatever the service is, a live-in carer is there to offer it 24/7.
Did you know?
Live-in care is very cost effective – with many entitled to financial benefits such as state support and NHS funding.
For many, when it comes to care the number one concern can be financial. Often, live-in care is thought to be an expensive option however there are actually numerous financial benefits to live-in care. When you receive care at home, your house is excluded from the financial means test, which therefore means you should be eligible for more state support. In addition, you can use NHS funding to cover care costs in their entirety if you are entitled to do so and you are likely to be eligible for other benefits such as Attendance Allowance and council tax reductions.
There are many social benefits to live-in care. It allows the care recipient to keep up with hobbies and interests such as attending events or local clubs. In addition, it allows people to maintain relationships with friends and family – even having them over to stay.
Not only does live-in care help maintain friendships, but it can also help build friendships and offer companionship for those who may otherwise be lonely. Many care recipients find that they build meaningful relationships with their carers and are appreciative of having company in their home.
Live-in care means people received the undivided and constant attention they need – especially in the cases of complex care. A specialist carer is available 24/7 for the individual, whatever they may need.
This provides a great amount of peace of mind for families that their loved one’s medical needs are being met around the clock. In addition to medical needs, live-in care also ensures that other needs such as dietary requirements are being met.Falls are reduced by 33% in comparison to residential care whilst hip fractures are reduced by 46%. In addition, staying in your home allows you to remain with the same GP, which provides comfort and reassurance for many. Live-in care has a lower mortality rate, with Covid-19 mortality rate reduced by 83%.
It can also be incredibly beneficial to help people leave hospital sooner. Not only does this mean people are more likely to maintain muscle mass compared with staying in hospital – ensuring they are more mobile and independent – but it also allows people to receive the care they require from their own home while freeing up a bed in a hospital.
Live-in care allows people to stay in control for longer. They are able to maintain their routine and stay in familiar surroundings complete with their belongings, treasures and pets.
There are actually a number of benefits to owning a pet, especially in later life. Pets provide comfort, friendship and help keep feelings of loneliness at bay.
For many they may be a link to a lost loved one and hold many happy memories. Being able to stay at home with them therefore is extremely beneficial.
Being able to stay in their own home allows people more choice – choice around what meals they want to eat and how they want to spend their day. Whether that be fish and chip fridays or a roast dinner on a sunday – routine can be maintained.
This can be especially important for those with dementia as it helps keep feelings of confusions and frustration at bay.
Maintaining routine and doing things which are familiar can act as a form of reminiscence – an important part of dementia therapy.
Reminiscence can involve talking and doing tasks which are familiar and spark memories of the past – this can often be soothing for those living with dementia.
People are able to maintain independence, with minimal disruption to their lifestyle.
Frequently asked questions
Live-in care allows people to retain independence and stay in their home whilst receiving the care they need. For many the home is a place of pride and familiarity – live-in care allows them to keep this aspect of their life.
A live-in carer is around to support 24/7 with medical, personal and everyday care.
Live-in care includes a wide range of care services including complex live-in care for conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s. With live-in care you are provided with a specialist and bespoke caregiver who will give your loved one personal 24-hour home care.
A live-in carer is there to help with a variety of things such as personal care and hygiene care, nutrition, sleep, housekeeping tasks, activities and companionship.
Whether it’s getting up on the dance floor, forming lasting friendships or offering complete peace of mind to loved ones, a live-in carer can be transformative. These videos include families discussing why they chose 24-hour care at home and how it was arranged, as well as snapshots of how those receiving care find it.
How Elder works
Arranging care for someone can be confusing and complex. In a world that’s difficult to navigate, we’re here to help. Here’s how care with Elder works.
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Our pricing makes live-in care as affordable as possible by ensuring your family only pays for the support you actually need.
We go to great lengths to ensure all the carers with us are of the highest standard. Read our carer stories to discover why they joined the profession.
What is live-in care?
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