What is Live-In Care?

Helpd Ltd > Live in care > What is Live-In Care?

For those who are considering live-in care, understanding what it is, and what it involves can help you decide if it is the right choice for you. If you or a loved one are considering live-in care, but are looking for guidance on the finer points, read on. This guide contains everything you need to know about live-in care to help you make an informed decision.

This guide will cover the following:

What is Live-In Care?

Live-in care is the term that is used to describe a trained and experienced carer moving into the home of a person to provide care, companionship and domestic support around the clock. It has the benefit of allowing the person being cared for to remain within their familiar environment, a home they know, neighbours and friends nearby, and the things they have grown to love and be comforted by.

When is the right time to consider live-in care?

Understanding when you or a loved one may have come to the point when need additional support may not be straight forward. It may also be difficult for someone to admit that they cannot do some of the tasks that they used to find easy. Similarly, this may also be true for anyone trying to understand to what extent a loved needs extra support. It is always difficult  to see someone close to you deteriorate, and for some, taking action can be delayed because it’s so hard to acknowledge those changes.

The need for live-in care might be highlighted following a crisis such as a fall, an accident or a serious illness that resulted in a hospital stay.

How does live-in care work?

Live-in care can be long- or short-term. Respite (short-term) live-in care can offer family carers the opportunity to take a break from their caring duties for an elderly, disabled or unwell family member – a much-needed break, in most cases.

Long-term live-in care is when a client has ongoing support from live in carers.  A carer should have their own bedroom with space to store their belongings and where they may sometimes take breaks. It is preferable that a live-in carer has access to the internet so that they can complete paperwork and assessments.

Your live-in carer will usually cook for you, and they may take meals with you if you would like them to. Fresh preparation of meals will ensure you maintain a healthy, balanced diet and help you to eat if you require support or assistance. Having your meals together with another person is good for the appetite and for companionship. It is important for the carer to have their own room with a clean and comfortable bed, a door to provide privacy and access to bathroom facilities. This will help the live-in carer feel they are able to take time to themselves when possible and will help nurture a positive environment for both the individual being cared for and the live-in carer.

If you are living alone at home independently, changes to your wellbeing and abilities can be so gradual that it is hard to notice. As a family, you might notice that a loved one is not eating properly, missing medication, or struggling to complete personal care activities. Maybe medication might become a problem, forgetting to take it, or taking it at the wrong time – a common problem as we age or become infirm, and the amount of pills and tablets we need to take daily may increase.

A live-in carer provides the reassurance that a person will always be on hand to ensure that the daily routine runs smoothly, domestic chores and shopping are taken care of, and nutritious well balanced meals are always cooked.

Do live-in carers get breaks during the day?

Your live-in carer should have a two hour break during the day if possible – most carers tend to take this in the afternoon as many of our service users relax after lunch. Preferably, the carer will be able to go out for a walk or to do some of their own chores.   You may discuss all aspects of the daily routine with your carer when you discuss your care plan.

Your live-in carer will take breaks every few weeks or months depending on your individual needs and carer’s availability. When your live-in carer takes time off we will source an equally experienced and skilled carer to replace them during their absence. We will arrange for both carers to speak and discuss the support needs of their client ensuring that it is a smooth and seamless handover for all involved.

Benefits of live-in care

By having a live-in carer, the client does not have to move to a residential home, which can often give rise to anxiety and adjustment difficulties. It is the carer who will adapt to the individual’s environment. However, if a residential home is where you will feel most comfortable, then a live-in carer can provide immediate support while deciding on a suitable care-home and can limit unnecessary movement between different care homes. 

Often live-in carers become companions for clients and having a familiar face enables a bond to be formed. This fosters better communication, a mutual understanding of day-to-day needs, and helps the cared-for-individual retain autonomy. The live-in carer can learn and understand how much input they need to provide for each of the different roles. For instance, a client may ask for more support with their social activities but they may prefer to take a leading role in cooking or shopping. It’s down to you.

How much is live-in care?

When you are considering live-in care, it is always a good idea to understand the costs involved, even if that isn’t the main consideration. Care costs for live-in care and even care home settings can vary from area to area, so it is difficult to know exactly how much it will cost. Your personal circumstances and the level of care you need will influence our pricing, as we want to ensure you have all your needs met.

You can receive help and funding for this service from the NHS, through a charity, using health insurance or even from your local authority Our team will be able to guide you through the funding options available to you.

How we can help

The service offered by our live-in carers will be different for each person because everyone has unique needs. Your individual requirements will be discussed in full during our initial conversations so that we know exactly what you are looking for. We won’t only focus on the practical needs, we also take time to consider the kind of personality that will best be suited to your loved one.

To our clients, the high level of companionship that live in care provides is just as important as the practical care and support. We have a meticulous approach to selecting a live in carer who will be best suited to your needs. We start this process by talking to you in detail about your situation, your care needs and your preferences. It is vital we understand the kind of person and service you are looking for so that we can hand pick a member of our team to support you.

Following this conversation, we will speak to the members of our team who we feel would be best suited to the role. We ensure that they have the right care skills, life experience and personality to provide the support that you need. We then arrange for you to speak with them with our support via a conference call so that you are happy with who may be a guest at their home.

If you are interested in finding out more about Helpd’s live-in care services and how we can help you, get in touch with one of our friendly care team at 0118 449 2373 or email [email protected]