What is live-in care?

A live-in carer lives with you in your own home, allowing you, or your loved one, to stay in their own home in familiar surroundings with 1-2-1 support. This 1-2-1 support provides a much higher level of attention and companionship than in a care home, which in turn provides better value.

Live-in care is sometimes used to give families sufficient time to compare the benefits of care homes and the flexibility to ensure there is no subsequent and unnecessary movement between care homes. It can also be used for those who have been discharged from hospital and need round the clock care but would prefer to be at home.

A person’s home can hold their own precious memories, which is why people become so attached to their home. Remaining in surroundings that are familiar is an understated benefit for those needing care – particularly if that individual is suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. Simple things that we take for granted, like easily navigating your way through your home can make all the difference to someone who might be prone to becoming easily confused.

The cost of live-in care is dependent on the type of care required. The individual being cared for provides a separate room and food. Generally speaking, live-in carers will charge a lower daily or than home care or visiting carers. Specialist care such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia care will obviously command a higher premium due to the level of complexity in the care provided.

Some of the duties you can expect from live-in carers:

Housekeeping

Light Housekeeping: -vacuum, laundry, ironing, changing linens, dust furniture, kitchen and bathroom clean up

Remove garbage, Co-ordinate lawn care and snow removal, Supervise any home improvements/repairs that may be required.

Oversee home deliveries, Care for houseplants and pets if required.

Errand Services

Pick up prescriptions, Grocery and general shopping where required

Dry cleaning drop off/pick up

Transportation

Escorting the individual to medical appointments and social engagements

This could be a trip to the hairdressers, bank and religious services

Transport to airport, to attend lectures, plays, concerts, meetings and sporting events

Record Keeping and Planning/Maintain client calendar

Help Arrange appointments; Birthday, Weddings, Anniversary, Travel planning assistance

Religious holiday reminders, Sort and/or read mail, Mail bills and letters

Record/organize recipes prepare grocery list and clip coupons for shopping

Personal Care

Medication reminders, Assistance with bathing, dressing, and grooming

Monitor diet and plan meals accordingly/Meal preparation and related clean up

Plan exercise program

Check food expiration and freshness dates

Assist with apparel selection, Sewing/Alteration

Companionship

Letter writing/correspondence Reading

Answer telephone/door

Take and review and phone messages

Discuss current society issues

Buy newspapers, magazines, and books

Activities

Escort on walks, Light exercise, Plan visits, outings and trips

Play games and cards, Rent and play movies, Maintain family scrapbook

As you can see Live-in Carer’s can help with much more than just personal care – they are able to help and assist with a variety of chores, activities and day-to-day appointments. Live-in carers can make a huge difference to an individual in need, providing the companionship or friendly ear that can make all the difference to their recovery and/or wellbeing. Elderly residents with health requirements can become isolated quiet quickly. It can be difficult to leave the house, so having someone to help around the house, provide that level of care that is required, all the while staying where they are happy is a comforting thought for many.

With live-in care providers they are a realistic option depending on the care requirements of the individual and it is an option worth considering and discussing with your loved one.