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Live-in Care: When Is It Appropriate?

Live-in care can be appropriate on many different occasions and for a variety of people in need of some assistance with in their daily lives. As suggested by the name, this type of elderly care is carried out by a caregiver living in the home of the care recipient, twenty-four hours a day.

This increasingly popular option allows people to remain in the comfort of their own home whilst receiving the support they need from a friendly and familiar carer.

Short-term Care

Sometimes a person can need care for a period of up to a few weeks, perhaps when they are convalescing after an illness or operation. A live-in carer can provide all the support they need with personal care and also carry out tasks such as housework, laundry and cooking that they may find difficult at this time. This type of care can be provided for as long as it is needed, and until your loved one feels they can cope on their own again.

If you care for a loved one yourself, you will know that you need a break sometimes. Rather than causing the care recipient anxiety by booking them into a care home for a week or two while you enjoy a well-earned rest, you could arrange for twenty-four-hour in-home care.

This allows your loved one to stay in the place they feel safest, which is especially important if they need dementia care, where their condition might suffer if they were moved to an unfamiliar environment. This way they could continue to receive the care and support they needed without any unnecessary upheaval.

Long-term Care

Private live-in care is usually needed for the long term. For many people this is the best alternative when their care needs increase and they need more support than traditional ad-hoc home care can provide.

A private care provider will prepare a care plan specifically tailored to the needs and wishes of your loved one. This will detail all the assistance that is requried with daily activities such as washing, dressing, mobilising or taking medication. This type of care at home also goes much further.

The carer will live in your loved one’s property and provide companionship as well as all the practical help that they need. This is why the care provider will match the live-in carer carefully with the care recipient, ensuring that they have interests in common and will get along together well. They will carry out meal preparation, laundry, light housework and shopping, as well as various other tasks that may be needed such as caring for pets.

Many live-in carers also drive and can transport your loved one to appointments, out on trips, or to social activities and clubs. They are able to be very flexible and can help to ensure your loved one continues to enjoy the best possible quality of life in their own home and in the neighbourhood they know.

Unlike elderly care solutions such as traditional home care that rely on staff carrying out tasks at specific intervals, this type of care is so much more flexible. Each day can be different, and your loved one will have the choice to do what they want, when they want, rather than having to fit in with rigid timetables or rules.

The one to one care that is possible when your loved one has 24/7 care would be impossible in an environment such as a residential or nursing home, where there are so many clients all requiring attention. Independent living is possible even for someone with quite complex needs with the support of a professional live-in carer.

Dulcie’s care story

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


Private care providers can usually supply carers who have special training in Alzheimer’s care and in care for people with other forms of dementia. If your loved one has a condition like this, you will understand how important a stable environment is to them. Many people with dementia become increasingly anxious and confused when there are changes around them, so dementia care from a familiar person in their own home is the best solution possible for them.

Other Conditions

When you are looking for care for a loved one who has had a stroke, suffers from Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Motor Neurone disease, you may think your only option is nursing home care. This is not the case, because many 24/7 nurses and carers are trained to meet the needs of people with these conditions.

They can make it possible for the care recipient to remain in their own comfortable environment, and enjoy as much independence as possible while being looked after by someone they know and trust. Many carers are also specially trained in palliative care, so your loved one could be cared for in the comfort of their home at any stage of life.

The costs for this type of care can be more affordable than you might think, and provides a much better solution for most people who would be very reluctant to give up their home and go into a care home. For couples, it is certainly the most economical option.

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