Around the clock care helps facilitate a better quality of life and comfort for many elderly and disabled people, however, some perceive it as being synonymous with the loss of independence. This is likely because those in need of consistent care generally move into a care home, where staff provide assistance to a group of people throughout the day.
With up to 97% of elderly people preferring to stay in their home whilst receiving care, it's no surprise that there is a somewhat glum perception of around the clock care - however care homes are not the only option available for those who need long-term and consistent support, live-in care makes it possible for a person to remain in their own home whilst receiving care. A live-in carer is unique in the fact they will live in the home of the person in need of assistance, seeing that the necessary level of care is provided without upheaval and disruption to life.
Live-in care provides a solution that works for people who are faced with the question "what to do when in need of around the clock support?" We've listed things to consider to ensure your home is suitable for live-in care and its advantages.
A spare room
A spare room is a vital requirement if you are considering live-in care for yourself or a loved one. A live-in carer will move into the home and will be typically be expected to sleep overnight. During their working hours (around 12 hours), a live-in carer will provide assistance for a range of different tasks, this can include bathing and getting ready in the morning, preparing tasty meals, prompting medication or simply helping you get into town for a spot of shopping! What your live-in carer does is completely dependent on your care needs and wishes. During the 12 hour period, carers are entitled to a 2 hour break, this break will be coordinated with the person receiving care so it can be taken at the best time possible.
Family, friends & partners
The very purpose of live-in care is to facilitate independence, this means a person can continue living how they wish and with whom they wish. Not only does live-in care make it possible for a person to maintain close connections and ties in the community, it provides peace of mind for the family. The pressure of care is alleviated, giving couples and families more time to do the things they enjoy.
If pets are a large part of your life, the question of what to do with a pet when you require full-time care can be extremely difficult to resolve. Unlike other full-time care options, live-in care supports a person's choice to have a pet in the home, providing complete assistance with pet care. Live-in carers are often trained to ensure your pet is well looked after in your home, carrying out a range of pet care tasks.
Will you be comfortable?
Your comfort is the number one priority, therefore, it's important to consider whether you will be happy with the significant change. Many elderly people who have lived alone for a great number of years may find the idea of now sharing their home a little daunting, however soon discover the relaxing and worry-free benefits of 24-hour care in the home. A live-in carers job includes companionship aspects as well as health and clinical care, the 1-to-1 nature of live-in care often creates long-lasting friendships and bonds between a carer and a patient.