As we grow older, we notice just how much our elderly relatives have aged, too. If they have reached a stage where assistance is necessary for them to continue living at home, there are many options to consider.
Figuring out which type of elderly care is both available and most suitable can be difficult. Most of the time, choosing the type of care for your elderly relative comes after a life-changing occurrence so we understand that it is a trying time for your family.
Even though you may have a social worker or health professional offering advice, you may want to fully explore all care options available. Some even want to take on the care themselves. This is a compassionate thing to do but also an underestimation of how much time really needs to go into caring.
In this blog, we want to provide you with the information you need on home care and live-in care so you can differentiate between the two. We hope that this post can help you when it comes to making the most appropriate decision for your loved one.
What is Home Care?
Home care, which is often referred to as domiciliary care, is typically carried out by a caregiver who visits the home of their client. Mostly always the times are set and the caregiver will visit based on a schedule.
Depending on the person’s needs, the allotted time a caregiver spends with them may vary. It can be anywhere from a short half-hour visit a week to four or five half-hour visits every week.
Domiciliary care providers commonly provide care to many people in just one day, so their time is stretched. It may lead them to being slightly late to your loved one’s home. Also, it’s very likely that clients will have a mixture of domiciliary care providers which can sometimes be distressing and confusing. Especially if your loved one is emotionally vulnerable.
What is Live-in Care?
When a carer actually moves into your loved one’s house in order to take care of them full-time, this is live-in care. They may help with personal care like bathing, dressing, and eating, but that doesn’t mean that live-in care is limited to just that.
It could even be things like buying the groceries, taking them outside for fresh air, accompanying them on a walk. The whole purpose is to help the client maintain independence in order to stay living at home – a space that is comfortable and familiar to them.
With live-in care, your loved one will likely only ever have 2 care providers to get to know. Which might actually be better for them as they don’t have to worry about having a stranger help them. Generally, the live-in carer will be present from weeks 1 through 7 until they take a week off for themselves. Then, by week 9 they’ll take back over from a respite carer who stepped in while they were gone.
All About Home Care: Pros and Cons
Home care allows the care receiver and the care giver to remain in their own homes, respectively. On the side of the receiver, this is important because their home is their source of comfort and familiarity. For the care giver, it can be equally as important, especially if they have children.
Providing care at home also helps to free up the time of the client’s loved ones and gives them the privacy they might want when being assisted with personal care.
Like we’ve briefly mentioned, it’s not always the same carer as they do have many other people to visit, too. And because of how many different carers have packed schedules, sometimes care isn’t always available so support may not be there when your loved one needs it.
All About Live-in Care: Pros and Cons
Live-in care helps clients to retain their independence for longer and offers around the clock support so it’s always available. Including for those clients who have more complex care needs.
These carers will help with personalisation of activities and socialisation, mapping out routines to keep your loved one active and social. Plus, they’re a big help in taking the weight off of your loved one when it comes to eating – they’ll plan all their meals.
Even though live-in care is an amazing alternative to care homes, a lot of people have to reject choosing it because of the cost. It is quite an expensive option.
Unlike home care givers, live-in carers are required to stay with their client so their needs aren’t considered as much as they perhaps should be. Not just the carer but the actual client, too. The family has to consider how they would feel letting a stranger in their home. Even if they’re there to help, they are still a stranger.
Red Rose Care
Our team of carers at Red Rose Care are consistently being updated on the latest techniques and guidance for care.
We understand that a routine can be important when it comes to any type of home care service, which is why we always aim to provide clients with the most suitable carer. Let our compassionate, sensitive, and incredibly kind carers ease your family’s struggle by offering you reputable home help.
Call us on 01772 963 740 or email [email protected].