Live-in care is the type of care provided to a senior person when they can no longer adequately care for themselves. Live-in care, as the name suggests, involves a carer living in the person’s home and one person or a team of people providing care 24 hours a day.
There are many benefits to live-in care, particularly as it allows a person to stay in their own home and maintain as much independence as possible even when they have health issues. It is a popular way to meet a person’s care needs while also providing them with companionship and emotional support. Here are some of the circumstances when live-in care may be the most appropriate option for personal elder care.
- Short Term and Convalescence Care
Care agency staff can provide live-in care on a temporary basis after an elderly person has had an operation, or is getting better after illness. This helps the person get well without having to worry about the day to day tasks of looking after themselves or the house. A live-in carer will help with personal care, making sure medications are administered and dressings changed, as well as housework tasks like laundry, washing up, cooking, and light cleaning. This type of care is put in place for as long as the person needs it – until they feel well and strong enough to cope on their own.
Short term live-in care can also be an option for giving the regular family carer a break. It is less disruptive to have someone come into the home to take over the care rather than putting your relative into a care home for a few weeks.
- Long Term Care
Often an elderly person will clearly need care for the rest of their life. Their care needs slowly increase and will not decrease as time goes on. Long term live-in care provides continuity and security. A live-in carer will help someone with their emotional as well as their physical needs, assisting with household tasks and personal tasks as well as providing companionship. Live-in care on a long term basis allows a person to stay in their own home where they feel comfortable and happy, no matter how their needs change. This provides great emotional structure and help to someone who is dealing with aging and its associated problems.
- Dementia Care
Often an elderly person will suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s. In this case there is a need for specialist care that helps them manage their condition as well as the regular struggles of aging. Live-in care for Alzheimer’s helps someone maintain independence and creates a stable, comforting environment.
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