Keeping couples together, with live-in care
Having shared most of their lives together, it’s only natural that couples want to stay together when they need some extra support. With live-in care, you can have the care you need at home, with your life-long partner by your side.
For couples requiring extra support – or for one person within a couple who needs assistance – having a live-in carer means you have someone who’s completely dedicated to your needs. Whether you need help with personal care, medical assistance or help around the home, with live-in care you can both stay at home in the place you love, with limited disruption to your lifestyle or routines.
Live-in care has become a valuable alternative to care homes, with more and more families choosing one-to-one support in their own home. As the nation’s favourite home care specialist, we can match you with a fully trained carer who suits your lifestyle and interests. Read our customers’ stories below to hear more about how we’ve helped with handpicking carers for two couples.
We understand that asking for extra help for you or a loved one can be very difficult. But we’re here to walk you through your home care options, the clear and full costs of our service and how we can support you.
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How does live-in care work for couples?
Our fully trained live-in carers can support couples in their own homes with personal care and medical assistance, as well as help around the home.
Sometimes, for those circumstances when only one person in the couple is in need of extra support, having a live-in carer takes the burden off the other person. With a live-in carer to manage personal care and other matters, couples can re-focus their energies on spending quality time together.
A Helping Hands live-in carer can support couples with:
- Personal care, such as toilet trips, bathing and getting dressed
- Mobility issues, assisting in moving safely around the home
- Administering medication and collecting prescriptions from the pharmacy
- Preparing and cooking meals according to your likes and dislikes
- Household chores, such as staying on top of the vacuuming and cleaning the kitchen and bathroom
- Caring for any pets you have, even walking your dog if you have one
- Running errands, such as stocking up the kitchen with food
- Companionship, as much or as little as you need and always respecting your need for privacy
Plus, with the expertise of our team of registered nurses, we can even assist with more complex healthcare needs, whether that be support with specialist continence care with a catheter or stoma, peg tube feeding or support with ventilators.
Finding the right carer for your family
All of our carers are expertly trained to support people with a wide-range of conditions. We’re the nation’s specialists in dementia care and have nearly 30 years’ experience in providing one-to-one support for people living with Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and recuperating after an operation or a stroke.
Call us today to find out more about how we can carefully match you with someone who can fully support your care requirements and who you’ll feel most comfortable with at home.
Bob & Betty’s story
Caring for couples: Alzheimer’s care in our family home
Bob and his wife, Betty, live together in their home in Suffolk. After Betty developed Alzheimer’s, Bob became her full-time carer. During the early stages of the disease they were still able to get out and about, but Betty’s condition soon took a turn for the worse and their son grew increasingly concerned for his father’s well-being. He contacted Helping Hands to see if we could help.
After getting to know the family and their requirements, we matched them with our live-in carer, Melissa, who soon arrived to provide ongoing support.
“Melissa is extraordinarily calm,” Bob said. “She will do anything to help and knows Betty so well that she knows when to pull back if she can see her anxiety rising. She cares efficiently and expertly and it has made such a lot of difference and relieved a great deal of stress. I really do not know what I would do without her.”
Melissa supports Betty with all of her personal care needs and helps to keep her routine just the way the couple like it. With the reassurance that he can leave his wife in safe hands, Bob can now play a few rounds of golf and attend a lunch club when he has the opportunity.
Bob explained about the importance of live-in support. “I couldn’t have Betty in a care home after all of these years,” he said. “This is her home.”
The benefits of caring for couples, with Helping Hands
By choosing Helping Hands for your home care, you’re choosing quality care and a continuous service you can rely on. Many home care agencies rotate their live-in carers regularly, but we don’t. We work with you to handpick someone who fits into your life and who you can build a strong bond with.
Also, unlike a home care agency placing agency staff in the home, our full services and our carers are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). And, because we employ all of our carers directly, and train them to the high standards we set, they’re each given ongoing support from their local manager. We look after our carers so that they, in turn, give the best kind of care to you.
As well as helping you and your loved one continue to live in your family home, live-in care can also be more cost-effective than the two of you moving into a residential care home. At a care home you pay for two beds but with live-in care you pay for one carer. You can read more about costs of live-in care here.
Below, Sheila and John describe first-hand the benefits of live-in care after they themselves spent time in a residential care home.
Sheila & John’s story
Caring for couples: returning home after residential care
Sheila is living with a progressive neurological disorder called multiple system atrophy (MSA). Initially supported by her husband, John, and their visiting carers, the couple decided to temporarily move into a residential care home while John was recuperating after an operation. Although the care they received at the home was competently provided and comfortable, Sheila and John wanted to return to their family home. That’s when they contacted Helping Hands.
Sheila explained, “I was very impressed with the level of service we received right from the start. Someone from Helping Hands came to see us while we were in residential care and talked through the option of live-in care and how it could work for us.
“We loved the idea that this would allow us to regain control of our lives,” she added, “that we would be able to choose when to get up or have dinner, that we would be able to do what we wanted when we wanted.”
John has been just as impressed with the level of support they have received from Krista, their live-in carer. Along with Krista’s carer experience, the couple hand-picked her because she shares the same sense of humor as Sheila and has similar tastes in films.
“I would recommend live-in care to anyone,” John shared. “We have been really surprised how un-intrusive the carers have been. Having Krista here has allowed Sheila and me to continue to stay in our family home with the support we need; we really enjoy having her here!
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Page reviewed by Sarika Dhillon, Regional Care Director on July 18, 2019