WHAT WE DO
Live-in care vs. residential care
The decision between live-in care and moving into a care home or a nursing home can be a difficult one. Both have advantages and disadvantages, and both have different financial implications. This can make it complicated to decide which option will suit you best – both in the short and long term.
We find that when asked the question, most people would much rather keep living at home than move into a residential care setting, primarily because it enables them to stay in their familiar community and environment.
Some of the reasons why people may decide to get live-in care include:
1. Stay together as a couple
For couples where one of the two is frail or suffers from a medical condition, live-in care can be a great support. Often, a live-in carer is able to take an enormous weight of the shoulders of the spouse or partner, who might struggle to take on all the care requirements around the clock. With an extra pair of ears, eyes and hands in the home, many couples can keep on living together for longer.
In a similar fashion, live-in care enables couples who both require 24-hour support to stay in their own homes. Because they are readily available, our live-in carers are able to attend both partners individually without being pressed for time – they are there just for you, after all.
2. Build a strong relationship with your live-in carer
Probably one of the most profound benefits of live-in care is that you have your own familiar carer, who is there just for you. Many of our live-in carers stay with the same client for months, if not years, and develop strong bonds with their clients (and sometimes, their families). Our live-in carers often tell us that these relationships are the most rewarding elements of their job.
3. Stay in your own familiar environment
For most of our clients, being able to stay at home, with their own familiar things and routines, is a breath of fresh air. Many of them have lived in the same house or village for years, if not decades, and they dread the prospect of having to leave. Live-in care enables them to enjoy their daily walk to the village shop, visit their neighbours and keep their gardens (we’ll do the weeding).
4. Receive visitors whenever you want
In contrast to a residential care setting, where visitor times are likely to be restricted, live-in care enables you to maintain your personal relationships as normal. You can receive friends or family at any time of your convenience, while we are there to serve the coffee (some of our live-in carers bake mouth-watering cakes).
5. Stay active in the community
Because you can stay in your own home, live-in care makes it possible to play an active part in your familiar community. Walk over to the neighbours for a cup of tea, join the village walking group or attend community activities in the village hall.
6. Keep your pets
For many people, the idea of having to part with their animal friends is an important downside to moving into a residential setting. Live-in care enables people to keep living with their pets, who have sometimes shared their homes for years, if not decades. We are more than happy to walk the dog, feed the cat, or even give the pony an occasional pat on the neck.