Live-in care is a deeply personalised approach to care that works for many families in the UK. A live-in carer allows your loved one to continue living at home whilst receiving dedicated support. This special kind of care enables independent-minded individuals to enjoy the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. Live-in care provides round-the-clock care as and when it is needed. The completion of household tasks, medication management, and companionship are just three elements of care provided by the constant and stabilising presence of a live-in carer.
Benefit 1: Your loved one is able to continue to enjoy the comforts of home
A home is full of memories, and leaving one’s home, at any stage in life, can cause significant distress. Live-in care ensures that loved ones are able to continue enjoying their valuable personal memorabilia, and even their pets. Maintaining a sense of ownership can be just as important as privacy and established daily routines, can accommodated with the correct preferences and more.
Benefit 2: Your loved one is able to maintain his or her independence
Feeling heard and feeling respected is important to everyone. Live-in care makes certain that loved ones are able to state preferences at any time of day with an expectation that their voices will be heard. Essential concerns like the timing of meals, desires around food preparation and menu items, daily routines, even the arrangement of furniture and other household items will continue to be guided by the preferences of loved ones.
Benefit 3: The disruption your loved one must sustain is minimal
Disruption can be stressful for anyone whose health is compromised for any reason. Live-in care minimises disruption so your loved one’s precious energy can be focused on positive experiences. As well, with live-in care, couples can stay together in a familiar environment of their own creation. At a time of life when continuity and familiarity are of particular importance, live-in care takes care to minimise any kind of emotional or mental upheaval.
Benefit 4: Your loved one can enjoy a relationship of trust and friendship with individual carers
Starting a new relationship takes time and effort. When a carer arrives at home, a new relationship is built, based on important values like trust and respect. The continuity of care that is provided means that your loved one will receive consistent and reliable care which makes the experience much more of a relationship than a service. Family input will be valued as they develop their own relationship with the live-in carers, and isolation can be avoided thanks to the constant companionship provided.
Benefit 5: Care for your loved one that is cost-effective
Among all the options of round-the-clock care that are available, live-in care is often the most economical choice, especially if specialist and/or long-term care is needed. Live-in carers will ensure health needs are met by taking charge of medication administration and transport to medical appointments, and, if circumstances change, a live-in carer can adapt to these changes quickly and efficiently. Live-in care is a particularly economical choice for couples.
The advantages of live-in care are numerous and multi-faceted. Live-in care does bring a measure of change to a household, but it also brings the potential for enduring and meaningful relationships as well as peace of mind for all family members.