Residential Care vs Live-In Care

It can be difficult to decide what to do when a loved one is no longer able to properly look after themselves in their own home.

The decision, when it comes to deciding on the right care can be stressful and feel overwhelming. The reality however, is that there are some really great options and now more personalised than ever, with the option of live-in care as well as various residential homes.

Part of the decision-making process for friends and family though will be to weigh up all options and then make an educated and informed decision.

Similarities Between Live-In Care and Residential Care

Both residential and live-in care offer amazing levels of support and care for those who require it. With access to round-the-clock professional caregivers, both of these options will ensure that your loved one gets the care they need, albeit in different settings.

The good news is that there is no ‘wrong’ choice. The choices you make will depend on the support you and your loved one need, personal requirements and preferences and what makes the receiver of the care happiest and most comfortable in the long term.

What Can A Residential Home Offer?

If you opt for a residential care home, not only will your loved one be receiving long-term, round-the-clock professional care, but there are also some added bonuses to consider.

Living in a secure and monitored environment such as a residential care home means that your loved ones will always be safe. Pre-prepared meals, daily structure and schedules, housekeeping services and opportunities to socialise with other residents and visitors are all big advantages when it comes to residential care.

Potential Disadvantages of Residential Care Homes

Moving into residential care will usually mean leaving a current home behind, potentially having to sell it to fund the residential plan. For many people this can be a step too far, leaving your familiar surroundings and many of your prized possessions.

There is also sometimes, a negative perception around residential homes, with many assuming that a residential care setting is sad and depressing.

This however, is simply not the case, and although individual care homes will have differences between each other, most UK care homes offer a fantastic standard of living for all their residence and are regulated and overseen by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). However, there will by the very nature of living in a care home, a certain level of restriction on independence.

What Can Live-In Care Offer?

The big advantage of live-in care and home care is that not only is the support provided round-the-clock but it is also one to one and tailored to the client receiving the care. This means there is always someone on hand to help no matter what the situation is.

With live-in care, the support and care provided can be tailored to the needs of the receiver of the care as well as their nearest and dearest. Whether support is in the form of getting shopping, making meals, sorting bills and finances, socialising or all and more.

The live-in carer’s service will be completely bespoke. All that is needed is a spare room for your carer to live in. Live-in carers in the UK are qualified professionals and have training in low to high-level needs. Not only do they offer support with physical well-being but they can also act as a companion and improve emotional well-being.

Living Well With Live-In Care

Live-in care also means that you or your loved one won’t have to leave home to receive the necessary care. All involved will have continued independence as well as a constant companion. Live-in care also enables families and couples to stay together when one member needs round-the-clock care.

Are There any Downsides to Live-In Care?

Although live-in care in the UK is very often a superior option, there are some considerations to be made before taking on a live-in carer. For example, by its very nature live-in care’s basic premise requires a spare room and that your home may need to be modified (although your local council may be able to assist you with these.)

Whichever choice you make, consider your needs and wants carefully, and make a decision that is right for you and those around you.

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