For many of us, there really is no place like home. Home can provide a sense of stability and security which is essential for good health and wellbeing. That’s why, as people age or need healthcare support, many choose to have a live-in carer rather than go to a care home or other facility.
Home is really important for so many of us. It’s a source of safety and comfort which is why so many people choose to remain in their home as they age or need extra support. Because live-in carers provide round the clock support, it allows people to remain in their homes safe in the knowledge that there is someone on hand should the need arise.
A live-in carer will be able to offer personalised care that is just not possible in a care home where there are a number of patients to support. That means the care will be tailored to suit the individual’s preferences. Daily routines, such as meal times and what to eat, medication management, sleep schedules and trips out will be personalised to the patient.
One of the advantages of live-in care is the sense of independence and freedom it brings to the individual. Unlike in a care home where there will be group activities and schedules, live-in care offers a sense of control over daily life that is essential for maintaining a positive outlook and enhanced self-esteem.
When you have been life-long partners, it is a big wrench to have to live separate lives, whether that’s in a care home or hospice. Having a live-in carer means couples can stay together while receiving the support they both need. If both partners need support, then live-in care can work out as a more cost-effective way of providing the help they need.
For many, a pet is as important as a family member. To be separated from such a lifelong companion could prove detrimental to the health and wellbeing of a patient. Remaining in your own home with a live-in carer means pets and owners can stay together.
Loneliness is a big problem in today’s society, and especially amongst the elderly. A care home can provide companionship but for those wanting to remain in their own homes, a live-in carer can also be a source of companionship. Live-in carers will engage in conversations, accompany clients on outings, and participate in activities, providing social interaction and reducing feelings of loneliness.
If someone has been a big part of the community all their lives, to suddenly be taken away from this support network can be emotionally difficult. By having live-in care, a client can remain active in their community. They can keep seeing their friends, enjoy the same routines within the community and retain that all-important sense of belonging.
Family members often take on the role of caregiver for their ageing loved ones, which can be physically and emotionally taxing. Live-in care offers respite for family caregivers, allowing them to take a break, recharge, and focus on their own well-being while knowing that their loved one is in capable hands.
While live-in care is a good option for many people, making the decision to employ a live-in carer should not be taken lightly. If you would like to know more about the implications of live-in care, then please get in touch with one of our advisers at Safehands Healthcare, or read our advice on How to Choose Live-in Care.