If you are organising care for yourself or a loved one then you may be considering live-in care as an option to ensure all of your care needs are met in the comfort of your own home, with 24-hour support.
At Home Instead, our aim is to help people age positively and in place by bringing expert care to their home. For nearly 20 years, we have been providing the highest standard of care, and creating industry-leading training programmes for our Care Professionals that are accredited by nursing and medical professionals. Today, we are the world’s largest global home care network, supporting over 100,000 older adults with personalised, tailored care at home. So whatever questions you have about home care, we can help.
There are many different care options available that enable a carer to visit your home on a regular basis, such as night care (when they only visit overnight to provide necessary help), day care (when they provide companionship services and more throughout the day), respite care (when they visit for a specific period of time to allow another care worker or family member to take a break), and more.
Live-in care means a trained, professional carer will live with you in your home in order to provide the care you need on a regular basis, and support your specific needs. This is often a preferable alternative to a care home or nursing home, and it allows older people to remain living in their own home alongside a constant companion who can assist with things like personal care, specialist medical care, cooking, housework, and more.
With so many options for care available, you may be wondering whether you need someone to visit occasionally, more regularly, or to live in your home with you and provide 24/7 care. It can be difficult to know when you need care, and whether live-in care is the best option for you or your loved one, so here are a few reasons why someone might need live-in care:
Someone with a challenging recovery ahead after a hospital stay may need more care than usual, and live-in care can ensure they get everything they need in the comfort of home, with someone around to assist with things like wound cleaning and vital signs monitoring.
Under the umbrella of live-in care, there are several different types you may hear about, and it can be difficult to choose which is best for you or your loved one. Many care agencies will offer their own types of care, but typically you might come across the following:
Ultimately, live-in care has many benefits that could make it an ideal choice for you depending on your specific care needs and home situation. These include:
If you would like to arrange live-in care, you can discuss this when you have your Care Needs Assessment (you can arrange this through your local council – find out more about how to do this here) and this can potentially be included in your Care Plan. You can request live-in care, but it will be down to the assessor as to whether or not they feel you need this based on your situation, medical conditions and care needs.
If you are interested in discussing self-funded live-in care options with a private agency, you can reach out to them to arrange a chat and find out more about the services they provide, and how live-in care works with their agency.
At Home Instead, we understand deciding to take on a live-in carer can feel like a huge decision, as you will be spending a lot more – if not all – of your time with someone you don’t yet know. We take great care in matching our carers and clients so they not only receive the expert, professional care they need, but also the companionship and friendship that will lay the foundations of an excellent long-term live-in care relationship. No matter what type of home care you are looking for – from occasional help to live-in care – we can provide a tailored service that suits you or your loved one.
We’re an award-winning home care provider and part of a worldwide organisation devoted to providing the highest quality relationship-led care for older people in their own homes. Arranging care for yourself or your loved one shouldn’t be stressful, so whatever questions you would like answered, feel free to reach out to the Home Instead team to discuss your needs.