What is Live-in care

What is Live-in care

Lola Sherwin

Nov, 2022 - 5 mins
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If you’re looking into the care options available for a loved one, but don’t feel comfortable with the idea of sending them to a nursing home, then live-in care can be a great solution. It’s one of the most practical and comfortable care solutions, and is definitely worth considering.

Summary of Live-in Care

Live-in care is a type of care that involves having a fully trained carer move into your loved one’s home to be able to provide a higher level of care for them. Live-in carers help with everything from personal and specialist medical care right through to housekeeping, personal assistance as well as providing companionship to prevent your loved one from feeling lonely.

What are the benefits of Live-in Care?

There are plenty of benefits to live-in care, including the following:

  • Live-in care gives people the freedom to stay in an environment that they are comfortable in, meaning they don’t have to overhaul their lives and routines.
  • Live-in carers can provide companionship, preventing feelings of loneliness when your friends or family aren’t around. In fact, many live-in carers become like friends to their patients.
  • You can choose the level of support you want from your live-in carer, meaning you can still maintain control of your daily routine.
  • Having a live-in carer means your loved one will have support at all times, so you don’t have to worry about them in the night.

How Many Hours Do Live-in Carers Work?

Live-in carers typically work 56 hours per week, with an average of 8 to 10 hours per day, though these might not necessarily be consecutive. They will also be on hand to help the client at all times should they need it. Traditionally, live-in carers get a 2 hour break per day, though some care organisations allow up to 3 hours.

Where Do Live-in Carers Sleep?

Live-in carers sleep in your loved one’s home to ensure that there are no issues during the night. This means that there needs to be a room in which they can sleep, close enough to your loved one’s room that they can be on hand should they be needed during the night.

How Can You Find the Right Live-in Carer?

Finding the right live-in carer is essential, as they will spend a lot of time around your loved one, so it is important to ensure that they are the right fit. Welcoming a new person into their lives may seem daunting initially, so finding somebody that they are comfortable around is essential.

A great way to find the perfect carer for you is by using Axela’s Pair my Care service, which lets you find out everything you need to know about your carer, before you introduce them into your loved one’s life. You can use the service to find someone that is a perfect fit for your loved one, meaning that they will be comfortable and happy with their new carer. Remember to make sure you know what is important to them in their carer, as this will help you to choose the right carer.

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