What Is Live-In Care?
Live-in care is an increasingly popular alternative to moving into a care home and offers a way of continuing to live as independently as possible at home, whilst feeling less of a burden to family and friends. A personal carer lives in your home to enable your needs to be met. This means they are available to help you throughout the day and at night, if necessary.
Types of Live In Care Models
Through an introductory agency, where carers are self-employed and you or your relative manage and pay them directly. Most carers from introductory agencies are self-employed contractors and are responsible for paying their own tax and NI contributions.
Via a company that employs its carers and manages the service for you like Advinia. With this arrangement, we employ and train the carers, finding replacements for cover periods. This service is particularly valuable for families who live far from their relative or who have other major demands on their time.
Who Might Live-In Care Suit?
This option is attractive to people who may become confused by a new environment and find it difficult to adapt to change. This particularly applies to people living with dementia, where continuity, routine and familiar surroundings are very reassuring, important and improve quality of life.
Or, you may decide you only need a live-in carer for a short time, perhaps when you are recovering from an illness or an operation.
Advantages of having a Live-In Carer
Dedicated care: the main advantage of engaging a live-in carer or receiving a managed service is the dedicated one-to-one care by a team of typically two carers.
You stay in your own home: surrounded by your possessions, in a completely familiar setting.
Peace of mind: you live safe in the knowledge that someone is available to help if there is a problem. Indeed, live-in care also offers companionship, reducing the risk of you feeling isolated and lonely. A carer will also support you in your interests and hobbies encouraging you to continue with them wherever possible. If the carer is happy to drive you or accompany you on journeys, that makes keeping in contact with friends and the local community much easier.
Keeping pets: the carer can (provided they agree) help to look after a pet that might otherwise be put up for adoption or sent to a new home if you went into residential care. Many care homes and sheltered accommodation do not allow pets, for understandable reasons.
Less pressure on relationships: you are able to continue your relationship with someone as part of the family, rather than relatives being drawn into being your full-time carer, which can be stressful, time-consuming and frustrating. This practical and emotional benefit takes the pressure off the family.
Holidays and way of life: if you are still able to travel for holidays, this may only be possible if you are able to take a full-time carer with you. This allows you to continue your way of life with as little restriction as possible.
Specialist training: many live-in carers are specially trained to deal with such conditions as dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, MS or palliative care. We also offer live-in nursing staff.
Staying together: for couples, the cost of live-in care is significantly less than a residential setting and loving partners are able to stay together. In some cases where one has dementia, they are separated in residential settings.