24 hr Care In Your Own Home versus Live-In Care

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What is 24 Hour Round The Clock Care?

24 hour care means round the clock care. This is divided into several shifts to suit your needs and requirements.

For example:

10 Hours of waking night care
Waking night care is when a Care Pfressional provides care throughout the night. Learn more about overnight care here.

12 hours of hourly care
This is where you would have a Care Pfressional support you in your home throughout the day for 14 hours before a night carer would take over. Hourly care is divided into 3-4 shifts and covered by different Care Professionals. 

The team & involvement with a 24 hour care package is quite large, but they work on rotation and there are usually 6 Day Carers and 2 – 3 night Carers working on  rotation. An alternative to 24 hour around the clock care is Live-in Care. 

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What is Live-In Care?

Live-in Care is a safe and affordable alternative to a residential care facility that allows you to maintain control over your care while receiving constant, one-on-one help in the comfort of your own home.

Care Professionals will reside with the care recipient in their home to provide an average of 10 hours care per day,  giving you and your family peace of mind that you will always have someone present for reassurance or in an emergency. 

In comparison  with 24 Hour round the clock care, Care Professionals will take shifts of approx. 4-5 hours each during the day over a period of 14 hours,  and another Care Pfressional will visit for your overnight care, which is for a period of 10 hours

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What Does 24-hour Care Involve?

At Home Instead Wandsworth, Lambeth, Dulwich, we provide one-on-one help in your home, ranging from companionship and befriending to sophisticated health care for health concerns such as dementia, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy and other health conditions.

A Care Pfressional is a highly-trained, skilled carer who is matched to you, your specialist care needs, and your situation. They will support you and provide you with one-on-one help as needed in the comfort of your own home.

With Home Instead live-in care, a Care Pfressional is assigned to your loved one to live with them in their own home and assist them with daily activities. Allowing you to stay in your home with loved ones, pets and keeping you connected to friends in your local community.

The number of hours of care you require each day is entirely up to you and your loved one to decide.

The best way to find out your exact needs and requirements is by booking a care consultation with our care manager, Sohini Shah.

Solini will guide you through your options and assess what is best for you.

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What does 24 Hour Care/ Live-in Care & Overnight Care Service Include?

A live-in Care Professionals daily services include a wide range of duties, including:

  • Support with personal care and medication
  • Chores around the house and other daily responsibilities
  • Guaranteeing that dietary requirements are met
  • Providing support and companionship
  • More complicated care (e.g. PEG feeding, catheter management, Stoma Care)
  • Everyday personal hygiene and everyday tasks that include bathing and dressing.
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Is 24-hour Care Safe?

Home care & live-in care are two of the safest options available.

The risk of infection from outside your home is reduced when you have a Care Pfressional residing with you or having a team of trusted Care Professionals dedicated to you visit your home. 

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. 

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Examples of 24 Hour Care & Live-In Care

24 Hour Home Care

Three to Four Care Professionals are scheduled every day for 14  hours divided between them, and one for 10 Hours during the night. 

A care recipient may wish to schedule three 4-5 hour visits to guarantee Care Professionals are at their most alert.

A single Care Pfressional can only work a total of four nights per week. As a result, several 24-hour carers will be scheduled to cover all visits and provide enough cover should someone go off sick or be on holiday. 

An hourly rate is charged for 24-hour care. For nights, the fee is billed at a fixed rate; Day hours are billed at an hourly rate.

Live-In Home Care

The same Care Pfressional is scheduled for a period of several weeks to live-in before being swapped to provide a break.

The Live-In Care Pfressional is entitled to a 2 hour break during the 10 hour average working day. The Care Pfressional on a live-in shift is entitled to an 10 hour sleep break and must have their own room. The cost of live-in care is paid at a set rate per week,  and the cost of providing a Care Pfressional to cover the two-hour break is invoiced at an hourly rate, however it is possible for the client to decide to be left on their own during the 2 hours or family members to provide this themselves.

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Is 24 Hour Care or Live-in Care Right For You?

Choosing a live-in care or 24 hour care program to maintain your independence in familiar surroundings while also having the security of a live-in Care Pfressional on hand to assist you at all hours of the day and night. Live-in care enriches your life by providing company from your devoted live-in carer, in addition to assisting you with your medical and health needs.

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Our Care Professionals look after a variety of conditions

  • Dementia – including Alzheimer’s
  • Palliative Care
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Domiciliary Care
  • Stroke survivors
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Disabilities
  • And other conditions
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Not Just for Elderly People

It is also essential to state that this service is not just for the elderly.

There are everyday situations, conditions and events where live-in care offers the solution to challenges you might face moving forward:

Long-term conditions: Diseases like Parkinson’s require close and careful monitoring. Our Care Professionals are trained to observe any changes to a client’s health, wellbeing and behaviour, ready to take action if there is ever a cause for concern.

Dementia care: Living at home means staying in familiar surroundings and maintaining those daily Tasks that might not be possible in residential care. 24-hour Home care suits somebody living with dementia, where continuity of life in the home they have grown to love is proven to be beneficial.

Losing a spouse: When a spouse dies, it takes some time to adjust, not just emotionally but practically too. A Care Pfressional can be a much-needed companion and fulfil the support role that was recently lost.

Frailty: Getting older for many means not being able to do the simplest of things, even lifting the kettle to make a cup of tea. Live-in care can support someone who is becoming frail to maintain their independence and quality of life.

Unexpected illness and events: Whether it’s a fall or a sudden illness, your loved one could be susceptible to events that may quickly have a need for care. Professional help will relieve the pressure from you and your family.

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24 Hour Care Versus Care Homes

We believe that if you wish to get care at home, you should be able to do so. That’s why, for years, we’ve been delivering specialised home care.

Suppose you struggle with daily life because of a medical or health condition and want to live more independently. In that case, a Professional carer offering one-to-one care can be the help you need to get back to your social life and family.

Live-in care is a real alternative for vulnerable people who don’t like the idea of nursing homes and care homes. Our type of care offers gentle encouragement where required to get you back doing the things you love.

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Benefits of Choosing Home Instead 24 Hour Care

  • Highly personalised, one-to-one support
  • You can stay in the comfort of your own home surrounded by memories, your items, family or pets. Families can also visit whenever they wish to.
  • Remain independent and stay in your local community. You decide your daily routine and keep your lifestyle.
  • Reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation with the companionship of your live-in Care Pfressional
  • Your Live-in Care Pfressional will assist you with medication reminders, nutrition and hydration. Giving you freedom of choice on food.
  • Live-in Care Professionals can help with household chores such as laundry, cooking and cleaning.
  • Create a safe and familiar environment to prevent falls or accidents
  • Live-in Care provides peace of mind that someone is there to help when it’s needed most

We work with vulnerable people  to give the best quality of care available. We’ll take the time to find out what it is you need to get back to living independently and formulate a 24-hour care plan that encapsulates everything you need.

Situations may vary, and no one client care plan fits all, but one thing is sure: our priority is to provide care and support for your loved one with the highest level of care. 

Everyone’s situation may be different. However, our priority will always remain the same: providing support to vulnerable or elderly people with the highest level of care we can provide.

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Requirements of using a Care Home

Examine the requirements of moving to a care facility.

  • It requires relocating to a new and unfamiliar environment.
  • Mealtimes and menus are set.
  • Care Professionals work in shifts, and responsibility is shared among residents.
  • Visitation times for family and friends must be strictly followed.
  • Much restricted one-to-one care
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What Comes Next?

Arranging a meeting with us is the first step toward getting the right care for you. This is where we learn about your circumstance and explore choices with you that may best meet the needs of your loved one. Remember, we support anyone who requires assistance with everyday duties, personal hygiene, or 24-hour care. 

Contact us, and we’ll send one of our qualified care managers to your loved one’s home to have a chat with you and any other relatives about what you believe you need from a care service.

Most likely a live-in carer is a new concept to you. That’s why we want to talk you through the different options available and make the best recommendation for your individual circumstances.

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Highly Trained & Trustworthy Care Professionals Matched To Your Needs

We understand that having someone to come and live in your home is a significant change for everyone and can feel quite unsettling, to begin with. 

Our Care Professionals go through comprehensive background checks and thorough training before meeting any of our clients.

We ensure that all of our Care Professionals   are highly trained and fully equipped for any situation.

All of our home care is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

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