Is live in care the right option for your parent or loved one?
This is one of the biggest questions we get asked from new and potential clients, with live in care a relatively unknown solution when compared with care home and respite services.
In this article, we’re taking you through the basics of live in care from the perspective of relatives, so that you can decide if it’s right for your parent or loved one.
Who is live in care suitable for?
Live in care is designed for those who require complex, constant, or simply regular care, with a carer moving into your loved one’s home in order to ensure that they have access to 24/7 support. Typically, it is favoured by those who desire the independence of staying in their own home, but who are unable to function without help and support with everything from routine activities to simple daily tasks.
As a long term or respite care solution, live in care offers the chance of a stable, at-home life for elderly individuals or those with health concerns. But that’s not the only benefit.
The benefits of live in care for those in need of support
The ability to live from home is one major benefit that many individuals and their family members cite to us when talking about live in care. But it’s not the only one.
Companionship and friendship are among the other top benefits, with individuals able to form a much greater bond between themselves and a live in carer, able to trust and rely on the consistency of care and interaction they will receive on a daily basis.
Beyond that, there are benefits to staying at home which stretch beyond independence. Infection control, one-to-one care and support, and even the ability to keep pets close are all popular benefits of live in care from the perspective of the individual and their family – not to mention the peace of mind knowing that someone is there 24/7 to supervise and offer help.
Is live in care right for you?
Knowing that your parent or loved one requires constant care can be a difficult conversation to have, not just in relation to their loss of freedom but financially and with the interruptions it brings to their daily routine. Having said that, with live in care presenting an option which slots care into their home life rather than uprooting them and moving them somewhere new and unfamiliar, there is a lot to be said for the professional support we provide at-home.
Patients who receive at home care tend to be calmer, able to recognise their surroundings and benefit from access to the pets and possessions they have long held dear. And with prices comparable to those associated with a move into a formal care home, live in care is not something to shy away from – rather, it could be the ideal transition from a life to independence to one which requires a little extra help.
For more information on our live in care services and to discuss them with a member of our team, reach out today.