Is live-in care the right option for you?

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For some, the thought of living in a residential home can create a lot of uncertainty. However, there is an alternative.

For most of us, home is where the heart is – it’s our private, independent space where we can feel safe and comfortable. But when it becomes challenging for a person to maintain that space or look after themselves, it’s time to seek daily support for the person in need.

For some people, such as senior adults or people with reduced mobility, carrying out tasks like getting washed and dressed, cooking or cleaning can be profoundly challenging. In these circumstances, their loved ones might consider a residential care home as the solution. However, the idea of leaving their home can be distressing as they will be away from their home comforts.

Thankfully, there is an alternative to residential homes: live-in care services. Such services allow a person to receive the care and support that they need within the comfort and familiarity of their own home, surrounded by their personal belongings and even beloved pets too.

What is live-in care?

Live-in care refers to when a professional carer lives within a patient’s home to ensure that their needs are met at all times – both day and night. This can be a permanent fixture or temporary, and as and when needed depending on the person’s circumstances. It is provided to allow a person to retain their independence within their own home and community as an alternative to moving to a residential home.

Live-in care can also provide the recipient with companionship, which is especially important if they are living alone or are isolated from family and friends. This personalised approach to care within a person’s own home tends to, if possible, be preferred by the recipient of the care. Other tasks often include helping the person get up and get dressed, doing the housework, preparing and cooking meals, ensuring that medication is being taken or supporting them as they go on an outing.

Who can benefit from live-in care?

Senior adults with support needs, especially those who are living alone, are big beneficiaries of live-in care. Without it, they may have no choice but to be moved into a residential home. People with other support needs or who are recovering from an accident, surgery or any other medical procedure/condition can also benefit from receiving round-the-clock support at home.

As well as the recipient, a number of people can benefit from the provision of our live-in care services. People who live with the person who requires the care (such as a spouse or family member) can receive a boost to their quality of life as they are often otherwise mentally and physically stretched by the level of informal care work that they provide daily. This is especially important if this person is also a senior adult who may be finding it more and more challenging to provide a satisfactory level of care to their spouse, partner or family member.

Family members living away from home (such as children) can also rest easy knowing that their parent is getting the care and attention that they need. For many families, those in need of support rely on loved ones to stop by to help them every day. This can cause a lot of strain on family members, especially if they are already stretched for time and energy. With live-in care support, visits can become less about a ‘need’ to visit and more about a ‘want’ to visit – making time spent together less stressful and more valuable.

The benefits and challenges of live-in care

There are a number of benefits that can come from using our live-in care services instead of residential care. Firstly, live-in care is far more personalised. Residential care settings can often feel very regimented and highly scheduled which can feel depersonalising for some people. Live-in care means that the recipient of care has more agency and choice over their care schedule.

Family members and friends also benefit from a live-in care arrangement. Both family and friends can enjoy a relaxing time together with the loved one, rather than feeling that they are there to purely care for them – ensuring a more equal-footed relationship that doesn’t lead to resentment or emotional distance. It’s also beneficial to couples. Not only can couples continue to have a relationship where they are not totally dependent on one another to get through the day, but the cost of receiving care at home (if both require care) is preferable to both moving to residential care.

Receiving care in a person’s own home also affords the person a sense of familiarity and comfort that comes from being in their own home, but with the knowledge that someone is there at all times to help with any difficulties. Lastly, we’d be remiss in not pointing out that many people have furry friends who they may be separated from if they move to a residential setting. The emotional importance of animals as companions, as well as the proven benefits of companion animals in the health and well-being of older people, makes such a separation stressful and heart-breaking. By receiving care at home, this possibility can be avoided.

A challenge that comes with live-in care often centres around finding the right carer or care provider. As the live-in care worker will spend a lot of time with the person, their personalities need to gel and, depending on the requirements, they may need someone who has the right experience to deal with certain conditions (such as dementia). They must also be comfortable with someone that they don’t (initially) know living in their own home and have the space to accommodate them.

At Better Healthcare, we put the patient’s needs first. Our live-in care workers are trained by our qualified in-house trainers and are regularly reviewed to ensure excellent service delivery. They are also trained to promote the patient’s dignity and independence and respect people’s differences. This is to guarantee the person in need of live-in care is paired with the right carer for them.

As such, while there are some challenges to live-in care, these are often outweighed by the benefits.

Live-in care with Better Healthcare Services

At Better Healthcare Services, we provide dedicated, professional and highly skilled carers to support older people and people recovering from surgery or illness who require ongoing care in their own homes. We are staunch believers in the need for people to retain as much independence as possible and our live-in care services make this possible for a person to achieve this goal. Our personalised one-to-one care services ensure that essential tasks and chores are performed daily, including but not limited to:

  • Helping a person get up, get washed and get dressed
  • Preparing and cooking meals
  • Housework
  • Light gardening
  • Going to the shops or collecting prescriptions from the pharmacy
  • Supervising medication intake
  • Attending doctor and hospital appointments with the person
  • Being a companion around or out of the house
  • Taking a person on outings

Starting at just £898/week, we can provide you or your loved one with a highly-skilled and compassionate live-in care worker. Additionally, we have a dedicated customer service team who are never more than a call away if any problems or situations arise. Rest assured that someone will always be there to look after you or your loved one.

We are committed to ensuring you receive a continuous service. Whether your carer has fallen ill or has arranged time off, we will provide you with a suitable replacement at no extra cost to you.

For more on how Better Healthcare can help provide the live-in care that is needed and desired, give our friendly team a call on 0800 668 1234 or get in touch with your nearest Better Healthcare office today.

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