The Benefits of Live-in Care Vs. Home Care

We believe that as you age, you should be given the best care possible to allow you to live a fulfilling life in the comfort of your home.

Here at Home Instead Bedford, we have a selection of services available to help and support individuals to remain as independent as possible.

From help with household chores, medication management, running errands, shopping, personal care and bathing to specialist care such as dementia care, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or help with other conditions, we’re here to help every step of the way.

What are the different types of care options available?

Making the Right Choice for Your Loved One

Most people are unaware of home care services or the option to have a carer come to your home. It’s often thought that care homes are the only choice available to look after your loved one. Home Instead, home care and live-in care services were created to support people in their homes to feel most comfortable and happy.

Different types of care are suited to different situations, and it’s important to know that there is never a right or wrong decision. It’s entirely down to preference and circumstances.

We understand that, where possible, most people would prefer to stay living at home where their precious memories and belongings are. Getting a little extra support at home is an excellent step to introduce the idea of care slowly. It can be a more affordable alternative to care as it is a fraction of the cost of most residential care options.

Understanding the level of care required

If your loved one has reached a stage where they need assistance with their day-to-day living, you may be wondering if elderly care is appropriate and which type would best suit their needs.

As a first step, have a conversation with your loved ones to find out what support they may need. We’re here every step of the way with advice on talking about care with your family and can help you to explore the possibilities of having some external support.

After an initial conversation, you may wish to arrange a free, friendly, no-obligation consultation with Home Instead to decide on the level of care you or your loved one may need.

What is Live-in Care?

Live-in Care services is when a Care Pro resides in your home to provide care and assistance. One of the significant advantages of a live-in carer is that it is a safe alternative to other types of care and offers peace of mind that someone is readily available should the need arise.

What is Home Care?

Home care or domiciliary care is where a Care Pro will visit your home for a minimum of an hour a day, as little or as often as required. Home care is a great option should your loved one need additional help around the house, companionship, or other tasks that can be completed within the time the Care Pro is visiting.

Live-in Care is a safe and affordable alternative to a residential care home that gives you control over your care, bringing you consistent, one-to-one support in the comfort of your home.

Is Live-in Care Safe?

Live-in care is one of the safest options available.

The risk of infection from outside your home is reduced when you have a Care Pro reside with you. Other care options typically have multiple healthcare professionals coming in and out of the house.

Our most important priority is to keep you as safe and shielded as possible while enjoying a higher quality of life from being in the comfort of your home.

Live-in Care Vs. Home Care

Living at home means staying in familiar surroundings and maintaining those daily routines that might not be possible in residential care

We have broken down each service to highlight the benefits of both and help guide you with what type of care you will choose for your loved one.

The best way to get a complete understanding is by speaking with a member of our team who will happily go through all of your concerns and requirements to help you decide on the best solution for your loved one.

A Live-in Carer

We take a personal approach to matching your loved one with a suitable live-in carer. This is done by selecting an individual who will work well to support your loved one, shares the same interests and personality traits and can carry out specific instructions while becoming a true companion to them too.

Here at Home Instead Bedford, we have a team of wonderful Care Pro that suit every client’s specifications; our Care Pro are kind, trustworthy, and are very easy to bond with.

Arranging in-home care is a big commitment. With live-in care from Home Instead, we can help give family members more quality time together while caring for them in the place they love the most, home.

Live-in care can be the right solution when:

  • You live in a remote location or far from family members.
  • Your parent or loved one needs a high level of attention and support
  • This includes giving medications as needed, ensuring they are eating correctly with scheduled meals and snacks to prevent malnutrition, assistance with bathing if necessary, and other duties of daily living like dressing them when appropriate.
  • You care for an older person who has Alzheimer’s disease and is non-verbal, which makes it hard to assess their moods and safety level.
  • You care for someone at home, which means you miss work too often or have shortened shifts because you’re constantly worrying about your loved one.
  • Assisting vulnerable adults and those who are aged 70 & over to safely self-isolate.
  • Reduce unnecessary contact from other care professionals coming in and out of the home.
  • Provide you with a highly trained Care Pro in infection control, outstanding hygiene practices and shielding the vulnerable.
  • Collect medication, groceries and supplies or arrange contactless deliveries to you as safely as possible.
  • Help reduce the feeling of loneliness by having a loyal, compassionate companion by their side.
  • Provide you with your own trustworthy, exclusive, bespoke support.

Live-in care allows family members to spend more quality time together and peace of mind that help is at hand.