What is Live-In Care?
Live-in care, according to Which? is when a careworker lives in their client’s home to enable their needs to be met. This means they are available to help you or your relative throughout the day and at night, if necessary – although they are obviously entitled to breaks by law. Some care workers live in all the time, others work a rota pattern of, say, two weeks on, two weeks off.
Live-in care is an increasingly popular alternative to an elderly relative moving into a care home. It enables them to stay in their own home and meet their changing needs. For some people it offers a way of continuing to live as independently as possible at home in their local community.
Why would you want Live-in Care?
If you wish to remain in your own home you may require;
- Personal care, such as washing and dressing.
- Taking medication.
- Support to manage the risk of falls and other risks at home.
- Caring for a pet.
- Assistance with trips out for leisure, the doctors or maybe the hairdressers etc.
What are the Advantages of Live-in Care?
- Dedicated Care. The main advantage of engaging a live-in care worker is the dedicated one-to-one care by a team of typically two care workers.
- You or Your Relative Stays in their Own Home. You, or they, are surrounded by familiar possessions in a completely familiar setting. While residential care can offer a valuable service, most people prefer to stay in their own home if they can. A poll conducted by One Poll for live-in care provider Consultus Care in 2014 found that 97% of respondents would not want to move into a care home.
- Peace of Mind. You and your relatives live safe in the knowledge that someone is available to help if there is a problem. Indeed, live-in care also offers companionship, reducing the risk of your relative feeling isolated and lonely. A care worker will also support your relative in their interests and hobbies, encouraging them to continue with them wherever possible. This can have positive effects on people’s confidence, happiness and well-being. The care worker would be happy to drive you or your relative or accompany them on journeys, which makes keeping in contact with friends and the local community much easier.
- Keeping Pets. The care worker can help to look after a pet that might otherwise be put up for adoption or sent to a new home if its owner moved into residential care. Many care homes and sheltered accommodation do not allow pets, for understandable reasons.
- Less Pressure on Relationships. Relatives are able to continue their relationship with someone as part of the family, rather than being drawn into being their full-time care worker, which can be stressful, time-consuming and frustrating. This practical and emotional benefit takes the pressure off the family feeling that they have to cope with their relative’s needs all of the time.
- Holidays and Way of Life. If your relative is still able to travel for holidays, this may only be possible if they are able to take a full-time care worker with them. This allows them to continue their way of life with as little restriction as possible.
- Specialist Training. Many live-in care workers are specially trained to deal with such conditions as Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke, MS or Palliative Care.
- Staying Together. For couples, the cost of live-in care can be significantly less than a residential setting and loving partners are able to stay together. In some cases where one has dementia, they are separated in residential settings.
Why Chose Carefour to Provide Live-in Care?
At Carefour we have a wide-ranging and robust recruitment process. All references and DBS checks are taken up prior to employment. The Interview process is rigorous and all gaps in a carers employment history are thoroughly questioned.
Once our recruitment team has completed all checks, we profile the carers personality in order to establish a best-fit approach with you or your loved one’s personal requirements and only after a thorough introduction period, will the live-in care placement proceed.
Carefour will then take full responsibility for staffing cover for you or your relative, allowing piece of mind, safe in the knowledge that you or your loved one will be looked after to the same high standards that we would expect for one of our own relatives.