COULD LIVE-IN CARE BE THE RIGHT OPTION?
If your loved one is struggling to manage at home, a nursing home is not the only option. Care-workers can be employed to come into their home and offer assistance and support, staying night and day to ensure all their needs are met. The right carer can help your loved one maintain their safety and independence.
Many people would prefer to stay at home surrounded by the security of the environment they love with all their treasured possessions and memories around them. Live-in care can be a much more affordable solution that avoids the upheaval of leaving home and the distress for both the client and the family. With live in care that is really what it means, someone caring and supporting on a one to one basis around the clock whenever you need help. There are many advantages to live-in care and as a consequence, many more people are deciding this is the right option for them:
1. Dedicated care: the main advantage of engaging a live-in care professional is the dedicated one-to-one care by a team of typically two care professionals. Your relative stays in their own home, surrounded by their possessions, in a completely familiar setting. That live-in carer can be dedicated to one person 100% of the time. While residential care can offer a valuable service, most people prefer to stay in their own home if they can.
2. Peace of mind: they, and you, 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 professional will also support your relative in their interests and hobbies, encouraging them to continue with them wherever possible. This maintains some degree of independence and can have positive effects on people’s confidence, happiness, and well-being.
3. Keeping pets: the care professional can (provided they agree) help to look after a pet that might otherwise be sent to a new home if its owner moved into residential care.
4. 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 professional, 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 the time.
5. 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 professional with them. This allows them to continue their way of life with as little restriction as possible.
6. Specialist training: many live-in care professionals are specially trained to deal with such conditions as dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, MS or palliative care.
6. 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.
Before you start your search, it’s a good idea to discuss exactly the sort of help your loved one needs. You will also need to consider a private space in the house, where the new carer can a live, wash and sleep. Calculate how much the family can afford and look into any financial support that may be available. TrustonTap carefully selects the best live-in carers for you to choose.