If you find that you, or a family member, need regular or round-the-clock care, then employing a live in carer may be the best choice for you. As well as often being more cost-effective than local care homes, hiring live-in care allows you, or your loved one, to stay in their own home, surrounded by close friends, pets, community and family for as long as possible.
If you are looking for live-in care in and need a live-in carer, contact Helpd today on 0118 4492373 or get in touch online.
What is live-in care?
Live-in care generally means that a carer lives with a person in their own home, ensuring that their needs, including any medical needs, are attended to as well as providing reassurance and companionship. The tasks our live-in care in may undertake will depend on each individual and their needs, but typically a live-in carer will help with:
- – Assisting with eating and drinking
- – Cooking
- – Companionship
- – Medication prompting
- – Personal care, (such as bathing, grooming and dressing)
- – Assisting with any paperwork that may need filling in
- – Shopping
- – Help with attending appointments
- – Clinical needs, (such as catheter care and peg feeding)
- – Housekeeping
The service offered by your live-in carer will be tailored to yours, or your loved ones, needs – so, your carer can help with as much or as little as you like. This allows you to keep the same routines and you won’t have to leave any beloved pets behind. Live-in carers can also provide companionship; whether that’s sharing meals, watching TV or getting out and about together. Having companionship has been shown in studies to boost both physical and mental health.
For more information on hiring a live-in carer click here.
Caring for dementia patients in their home
Dementia can be a difficult condition to deal with for both the sufferer and the family. Depending on the patient’s needs, a live-in carer could be a great solution for you or a loved one. Not only can live-in carers help dementia patients retain their independence, but they can also provide essential companionship and emotional support during what can be a difficult time. Recent scientific research has indicated that loneliness can be a factor in developing Alzhemer’s disease or dementia; so, having someone who you, or a loved one, can interact with regularly can help to ease the distress that dementia can cause.
Another important aspect of live-in care for dementia sufferers is, by staying at home, you are minimizing change which can have a positive impact on wellbeing, (change can be difficult for dementia sufferers to deal with.) Live-in care can also help to relieve any pressure and worry felt by loved ones who may live far away, or may not be able to help as much as they like.
At Helpd, we can also assist you in finding live-in carers for palliative care. Many people do not wish to end their days in hospital, so hiring a live-in carer can often mean that a person’s wish to die at home is realised in a way that is well-supported and centred around their needs.
Live in care costs
The costs of live-in care can vary depending on your needs. According to Payscale the average salary for a live-in carer is £19,000, while according to PayingForCare, a report by healthcare specialists Laing & Buisson in 2013/14) the average cost of a care home in the UK is £29,270 and if nursing care is required the price rises to £39,300. Of course, these are just averages, and the cost can be more or less depending on where you live and your, or your loved one’s requirements.
It is possible, depending on your circumstances, to receive help with paying for care, with potential options that include funds from:
- – NHS
- – Local authority
- – Charities (i.e. Age UK, Macmillan)
- – Attendance allowance
- – Health insurance
For more information on funding for home care, take a look at our comprehensive funding page here.
Find live-in care Nationwide
At Helpd, we can assist you in finding a carer to give you live in care Nationwide. We act as a live in care agency in that connects clients looking for personal care nationwide, with carers offering that service. As all of our carers are self-employed, not only do carers get paid more than they would if they worked for a traditional agency, but the service will cost you less. This is because at Helpd, we charge far less for admin and management fees than traditional care agencies. All of the carers featured on our website are vetted thoroughly, giving you the peace of mind that you, or your loved one, is in good hands.
You can find a live-in carer by calling us on 0118 449 2373 or searching our find a carer tool here. Whether you need live in care nationwide, we will find a professional carer for you.
When choosing a live in carer, think carefully about your or a loved one’s care needs. You may require:
- – Someone with a certain type of experience
- – A carer with specialist training in using certain medical equipment or dealing with a certain condition
- – A carer who can drive
- – If you have a pet, you will need to find someone who is happy to look after animals
- – Whether you want a male or female carer
If you are looking to hire a carer to help you or a loved one with personal care, contact us today on 0118 4492373 or message us here.