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Looking for a care home – have you considered Live-In Care?

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Posted on 7th November 2018.

Live-in care provides round-the-clock support in the comfort of your own home with more benefits and freedom.  

There are lots of reasons that live in care is great. Here are some of those reasons and how live in care works.

Arranging live-in care

Setting up live-in care is a straight forward process.  Following a telephone conversation, you will have an assessment which allows a care-plan to be set up matching your exact needs. Once the assessment has taken place a carer could be with you in 24-48 hours.

A local live-in care manager will oversee every step of your care journey, and is always there for you should you need a point of contact.  Once assessed, a carer is matched up to you considering your personal preferences.  It’s crucial that your carer is a good match to you as you will be spending a lot of time together!

A live-in carer will become a huge part of your life, helping you with more or less everything. Personal care, medication support, household tasks and social activities are all included in what a live in carer can do for you.

One to one support

One of the main benefits of having a live in carer over residential care is that the carer is there solely for that individual. Each day can be on your terms, without having to wait around or have someone else make choices for you.

A live-in carer is there just for you at the times you need it most.  Understaffing and busy homes mean that you could be left waiting for vital care and support despite being in a care home, and you may not be able to maintain your usual routine with meals, personal care and medication.

Wellbeing A carer's hand over an elderly lady's hand

It is important to consider your well being, both physical and mental, when looking in to care. Applying too much disruption to someone’s life can cause a great deal of stress and uncertainty which is actually really easy to avoid.

According to the mental health charity Mind, loneliness and loss or bereavement are some of the most common factors that affect our mental wellbeing. If your routine drastically changes, or you have to leave your home of the last fifty years this can also be extremely detrimental.

How can live-in care directly impact your wellbeing?

  • Your dedicated companion will help conquer feelings of loneliness and make you feel wanted
  • It gives you the opportunity and freedom to join groups and maintain your hobbies
  • Provides company when you need it most, allowing you to talk about your feelings and problems
  • Eliminates risk at home so you can relax and feel safe in the home that you know and love
  • Enables you to keep your much loved pets with you who provide a great source of love and companionship

More than just a carer  Helen and her carer on holiday

A live-in carer has to tick a lot of boxes before they come to stay with you and start providing care. It can seem daunting that your carer will move in, but they will be as involved or as separated from you as you like.  But you can relax in the knowledge that there is always someone there should you need help unexpectedly.

Whilst living together you and your carer will learn so much about each other. You can share stories, memories and experiences all while making your own together at the same time! A one-to-one companion gives you the time to develop a great relationship with your carer, and helps you maintain the ones you already have.

Cost considerations   Visual representation of money and savings

The financial element of care is a daunting one. But you may be surprised to know that the cost of live-in care is comparable to residential care. The cost of care does vary around the country, however on average a residential care home can cost between £800 – £1200 per week, or even more if you live in London. Live in home care, which allows you to stay in the comfort of your own home starts at £1015 per week.

Your local authorities will be able to tell you how much funding is available to you if you are eligible to receive it. It is always worth a conversation them to see what is out there.

Regulating homecare

Health and adult social care in England is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and by the Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) across Wales.  They are independent regulators that monitor companies nationwide, ensuring high quality care is being implemented. Their core values are excellence, integrity and care.

Their aim is to monitor visiting and live-in care providers who are registered with them, carrying out regular inspections and then releasing information and a rating.

When a company is not performing as it should be the CQC or CIW takes action to get them up to scratch, or take more serious action as and when required.

The live-in care service at Helping Hands has a ‘good’ rating which we are very proud of.

We can discuss the benefits of live in care with you

There is a lot to consider when looking in to the care option that is right for you. Find out more about how live-in care could be the perfect fit for your care needs.

Faye Tomkotowicz