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Is live-in care right for me?

Most people start to consider live-in care or residential care when they are concerned that they – or more often, their family members – struggle to keep living at home without assistance. They may worry about their loved one being alone at home with nobody there to look after them, or there may be a physical condition involved that requires ongoing attention.

Under such conditions, a live-in carer might be able to lift a burden off people’s shoulders. We find that people can have several reasons to get live-in care:

1.  Companionship

 

Having someone around to talk to, to share a meal or go for a walk with, is one of the most important reasons people consider live-in care. The knowledge that there is someone there, an extra pair of eyes and ears around the house, can make an enormous difference to people’s mood and state of mind.

2. To make most out of life with a physical condition

 

Live-in carers can often help people manage a physical condition. Even on the most difficult days, a good live-in carer can help find enjoyment in the smallest of things. Our live-in carers are well trained to assist with (and recognise changes in) conditions like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson's, MS and Diabetes, they can support with medication, and they work closely together with specialist healthcare professionals like Dementia nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

 

3. To give the regular carer a break

 

Live-in care can be a short term as well as long term solution: sometimes, we step in to give the regular carer, like a spouse or a family member, the time to take a break or tend other obligations. We hold the fort and communicate extensively with family or other carers involved. Take a break – we will make sure your loved one has everything they need, and more.

 

4.  To recover at home after a stay at the hospital

A hospital admission, whether after a fall or sudden illness, can be a critical event that makes people look into live-in or residential care. Often, having 24-hour care at home means that people can be released from the hospital much sooner. We can come and collect you at the hospital, we make sure everything is ready for your arrival at home, we support you with medication or after-care and we make sure you have everything you need to make a speedy recovery.

 

5.  To keep living an active life

We can accompany you in every area of life. We escort you to appointments, we link arms with you for a walk through the park, we drive you to visit family or friends and we join you for a cup of coffee in town. You can be as active as you wish – your live-in carer will be right at your side (trying to keep up!).

6. To not have to worry about daily household chores

We can take on responsibility for all daily household maintenance. We cook, we run errands, we keep the place clean, we take out the bins and we do the laundry. Some of our live-in carers are quasi-professional cooks or bakers, while others have green fingers or would be delighted to take your dog for a walk or feed the chickens. 

7. To get some help with personal care

Requiring assistance with intimate activities like bathing or toileting is, understandably, a dreadful prospect for most of us. Here, live-in care can completely change people’s experiences of such necessities. Most people develop a close relationship of trust and familiarity with their live-in carer, so that even the most intimate care feels natural and unobtrusive – as it should do.

8. To spend their last days at home, in peace

Several of our live-in carers are specifically trained in palliative care, to support people who wish to spend the last days of their life in the comfort of their own home. They have a keen eye to see what someone might need physically, as well as psychologically, socially, and spiritually, and they can be a support to the entire family.

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How does 24-hour care at home compare to residential care?