4 things you need to know about live-in care
Have you got to the stage where you acknowledge your elderly loved one needs care? If so, you may have come to the conclusion that live-in care is the best option for your loved one. Or, you may be weighing up the pros and cons of live-in care versus other care options like residential care.
You may be wondering exactly what a live-in carer does, and how they will look after your relative. What services do they provide, and why is live-in care a desirable option? Take a look at the following points so you have a clear idea of what live-in care entails, and whether it is the best option for your elderly loved one.
1. Live-In Care is Personal Care
Live-in carers deliver personal care to a person, which helps them to live in their own home and maintain as much independence as possible. Personal care means different things in different situations. Personal care could be help with feeding and meals, or help with bathing and dressing, or help with all aspects of daily life. A live-in career provides the care your relative needs, whether that is complex or simple, and what they offer will change as your relative’s situation changes.
2. Live-In Care is There 24/7
Live in Care means that there is a person in your loved one’s home all day and night. This means you do not need to worry about them falling when they get up to go to the bathroom at night. You know that there is someone on hand to help, no matter what time.
3. Live-In Care is Practical, Too
As well as providing help with the tasks specific to an elderly person such as dressing or medication, a personal live-in carer also helps practically. They wash up, they clean, they do the shopping, they feed pets when necessary, or they do some ironing or washing. They also take care of the meals your relative eats so you can be sure they are always receiving something nutritious. Live-in care also helps with things that become increasingly difficult such as answering the door or the telephone, arranging hairdressers’ appointments, or keeping up to date with financial matters.
4. Live-In Care Provides Emotional Support
An elderly person does not only need practical support, they also need help to manage loneliness and depression. A live-in carer can be a vital part of their life providing chat, companionship, humour, and security. They help your loved one maintain a social life by taking them to see friends, and they also are always on hand so that they do not feel lonely or isolated.