In this blog, we’re going to outline how live-in care works and highlight the pros and cons of choosing live-in care for your elderly loved one.
There comes a time when our elderly relatives need additional support or care. There are several options you have to consider or even try out before you find the best one that works for your elderly relative and your family.
If it has reached the stage where your elderly relative needs care and support at all hours of the day (or night), you usually have three options. The first option is moving them into your home and caring for them yourself. However, many people don’t have the room and very few can give up their career or family commitments to provide full-time care.
The second option is to place your elderly loved one in a nursing home. However, this can be extremely expensive and finding a home yourself and your elderly relative is happy with can be challenging. You have to take several factors into consideration including location, cost and level of care. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on nursing homes and care homes across the UK, many people are questioning whether a nursing home is the right place for their loved ones.
Your third option (and the best option in our opinion) is live-in care.
What Is Live-In Care?
Live-in care is when a professionally trained carer is at the home 24 hours a day to provide care as and when it is needed.
In some cases, there will be one live-in care who moves into the home and works varied hours over 6-7 days to meet the requirements of the client. But in most cases, a small team of expert carers will take it in turns to work shifts providing round the clock care for your elderly loved one.
Who Needs Live-In Care?
Live-in care is suitable for individuals who are struggling to cope on their own and need regular care and support in their home. Perhaps they are regularly having accidents, such as trips and falls.
Or maybe they need help with most aspects of their day, from getting dressed in the morning to cooking their tea. Other individuals or couples may only need live-in care whilst they are recovering from an illness or injury.
Palliative live-in care is also an option, as is live-in care for complex cases.
How Does It Work?
The carer will spend the day with the client and will sleep in a spare bedroom at night so they are always on hand to help. The level of care provided will vary depending on the client. But generally, live-in carers can help with:
- Personal care, such as bathing, dressing and using the toilet
- Cooking meals
- Ensuring medication is taken at the correct times
- Completing household tasks, such as laundry and cleaning
- Manage the risk of falls and incidents
- Oversee trips out, for example to the shops, doctors or hairdressers
- Providing companionships
- Supporting lifelong hobbies
If there is a team of carers, one carer will work one long shift during the day and one will work one long shift during the night, so there is always somebody at home with your elderly relative.
Live-in carers will become a much-loved part of the home that go out of their way to put the needs of your elderly relative first. Their ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life of your loved one and ensure they are happy and safe.
Pros And Cons Of Live-In Care
When it comes to live-in care, the advantages greatly outweigh the disadvantages.
- With live-in care, your elderly relative can stay in the home that they love. If they have a partner, it means they can stay under the same roof as their other half. And they can keep any pets they have.
- The care they receive will be personalised for them. It will always be one-to-one care that meets the needs and requirements of your loved one. The live-in carer won’t be rushing off to visit another client, instead, your relative will have their full, undivided attention.
- Your elderly loved one will become familiar with the faces caring for them and will build strong bonds and friendships.
- Having a live-in carer takes a lot of practical and emotional pressure off you and your family. You have peace of mind that your elderly relative is always cared for and you don’t have to give up your life to become their full-time carer.
- Many live-in carers will have received specialist training so they are equipped to care for individuals and couples with complex illnesses, such as dementia. At Red Rose Care, our team of live-in carers is led by a qualified nurse.
- The cost of live-in care can work out comparable or even cheaper than care home and nursing home fees. And your loved one doesn’t have to give up their familiar surroundings.
- Some individuals and couples may not be comfortable with a strange living in their home, and it can take time to build that positive relationship.
- Having a live-in carer is only possible if your elderly relative has their own space. This includes an adequate bedroom and place to call their own.
- To accommodate holidays and time off, the live-in carers may change briefly from time to time. However, the change of staff would be much more frequent if your elderly relative was in a nursing home.
- Although the cost of having a live-in carer is comparable with nursing home fees, it’s still one of the more expensive care options.
Get in Touch
Red Rose Care is a family business based in Preston, Lancashire. We provide a wide range of quality nurse-led care at home for clients and their loved ones in the Lancashire area. This includes dedicated live-in care.
At Red Rose Care, we understand there is a high degree of trust involved when hiring professional carers, and we always aim to exceed what our clients expect in terms of the quality of care we give.
For further advice please give us a call on 01772 963 740 where a friendly member of the team will take the time to understand your family’s needs.