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Live-in Care: What Does It Provide?

In addition to elderly care, live-in care provides support in many areas of life as well as companionship for your loved one. Read on for more details of what this form of in-home care provides.

Independence

When the needs of your loved one become complex and they can no longer live independently at home with visiting carers, live-in care can offer a better solution. Most people would prefer to stay in their own home if possible. Not only are the surroundings familiar and their possessions around them, but there are also all the advantages of staying in the local environment close to friends and family.

Care at home can help the care recipient continue to live independently, with the safeguard of having their care needs met by a professional carer. They can continue to exercise choice in many aspects of their lives which would be impossible if they had to go into a residential or nursing home. Even if your loved one was able to remain in their own home with regular home care visits, they would still have to fit in with someone else’s timetable and could not have so much choice regarding their daily life.

Security

Care at home that is available twenty-four hours a day can provide your loved one with a sense of security they would not otherwise experience. People often want to remain in their own familiar surroundings where they feel safe and in control. This is particularly relevant if your loved one needs dementia care. People with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease often feel very anxious when there are changes in their lives, so having a carer in a place that they know well can help to make their quality of life better and more comfortable.

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.

One to One Care

Having a live-in carer means that your loved one will receive care from a professional caregiver who is there just to support them. In addition to providing help with personal care, a live-in carer will carry out the tasks such as laundry, light housework, shopping and cooking that may have become difficult or impossible for your family member.

With private live-in care, the care agency will match a carer with the person they will be caring for across several areas. Factors such as background, interests and views will be taken into account by the care provider so that the two people have plenty in common and are more likely to get on well together.

A 24/7 carer can also assist your loved one with pet care and with maintaining links with friends and the local community. Some carers will be able to drive the care recipient to hairdressing or healthcare appointments, or out to places they would not be able to reach otherwise.

Specialist Care

If your loved one suffers from a disease such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis or Alzheimer’s, they will need a caregiver who is highly trained and able to meet the needs of someone with these chronic conditions. You will be able to specify what kind of care your loved one needs, and know that they are getting the support they require.

Companionship

Loneliness is often an issue when older people are left on their own, but going into a shared residential home may not be an appropriate solution for them. This is where 24/7 private care can be very advantageous, because not only are the care recipient’s practical care needs met, they also have someone to talk to and share their leisure time with as well.

Economy

Care from a live-in caregiver can be a very cost-effective option if your loved one needs care in the long term. It is impossible for insitutions like residential care homes and nursing homes to provide the same high level of personalised service as you would get with private 24/7 care. Someone in the home providing 24/7 care can be employed for a similar cost to a bed in a care home, and can give your loved one so much more in terms of practical care, social and emotional support.

This type of elderly care can be significantly cheaper for couples who both need care, as they can share the same carer and continue their life together in their own home with all the support each of them needs.

An Immediate Solution

Sometimes the need to find high-quality care is urgent, and you need an immediate solution. Searching for a suitable care home can be very stressful and by nature requires a longer lead time to organise. A private care provider should be able to arrange the care at home that your loved one needs without delay. Independent living as far as is possible can be combined with care that makes the care recipient’s day to day life much easier, and gives you peace of mind at the same time.

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