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How a live-in carer can make you feel safe in your own home

A live-in carer can help you live independentlyWhile live-in care allows you to have the support you need within the comfort of your home, it’s also a way of making sure you’re safe. And if you have a relative who is prone to falls, live-in care also gives you peace of mind that someone will be on hand to support them when they are most at risk.

Read more about how live-in care helps make your home a safe and secure place for you to receive the care you need for an independent life.

Help is always on hand

By its nature, live-in care provides continuous round-the-clock support during the day and the night. And that means you don’t have to find additional support to help you should you have a problem in the night.

Emergencies can happen without warning, especially if you’re recovering from an operation such as a hip or knee replacement or find mobilising difficult. These can make you susceptible to falls or discomfort when walking, and it’s natural for you to feel wary. However, you can be assured that a live-in carer will be there to support you with anything you need to keep active.

Some of us find it difficult settling at night or feel more vulnerable at certain points of the day. Having the emotional support provided by a live-in carer enables you to have someone to help you work through these moments, whether that’s through talking about your anxieties or helping you to get a routine you can feel happy with.

Even if you just need help getting to the kitchen to make something to eat or to the bathroom, a live-in carer will make sure you’re always supported.

A familiar setting

Everyone has their own tastes and preferences when it comes to how the house should be arranged. And for many of us, this provides a sense of comfort.

The familiar feel of home also means that you’ll know where things are and have them within easy reach, meaning that you don’t have to put yourself at risk looking for what you need.

Live-in care, unlike residential care, enables you to still be surrounded by that familiarity and have someone close by at all times to make sure your home remains exactly that – your own space and where you feel most relaxed or comfortable.

Regular and personal routine that you’re used to

We all have our own routines, like getting up and dressed at a particular time or having a shower at a certain point in the day. There are also specific attributes to your routine, such as personal care and medication, or going out in a wheelchair.

These routines are also important for your safety. Take medication for instance; some types need to be taken at a certain time and so your live-in carer will remind you to take your tablets, and also help you to get out of bed in order to prevent pressure sores.

Similarly, if you need more advanced support such as hoisted transfers or help with using a mobility aid, understanding your routine means that your carer will pay especially close attention to your safety and wellbeing during these moments.

A friend and companion to make sure you’re safe

Good friends always look out for one another, and make sure they have someone there to help them with the difficult moments in life. The same is true with live-in carers and their customers. Because they spend the majority of their time in each other’s company, many of them form close relationships with each other.

And that relationship is vital for ensuring a safe and secure care service. While live-in carers offer encouragement, they also recognise the need for professional boundaries and act swiftly if the person they’re looking after is in danger.

Although live-in care means that a carer moves into your home to provide support when you need it, they are also on hand to provide emotional support and reassurance. You might live with a mental health condition such as anxiety or are recovering from a serious accident or brain injury.

In these areas, your live-in carer will help you through the difficult moments and celebrate the positive ones with you. In short, they’ll be with you no matter what and put you first at all times.

If you’re worried that you might need some extra support to live safely at home, or if you need peace of mind that your relative or friend is safe, then we’re here to reassure you. Your safety always comes first.

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