How a live-in carer can support you
With live-in care, a carefully chosen carer will live in your home with you, supporting with any daily tasks and providing ongoing companionship and assistance. Read on to see what a day in the life of live-in care could look like for you.
It’s important to understand that there is no typical day of live-in care. Just as each of our daily routines and lifestyles are different, live-in care is different for each person too.
Once you’ve met with your local Helping Hands care manager, they will create a package of support that is built completely around your day-to-day life and what is most important to you. Quality live-in care is all about enabling independence, and we place a special focus on matching you with the ideal someone who can do just this.
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Your morning routines
Whatever your morning routine, your live-in carer will be there to support as you need.
Whether it is an early morning wake-up call with a cup of your favourite coffee, your preferred breakfast ready for when you arise, a prompt about medication, or support with personal care, which could involve assistance with toileting, bathing or getting dressed.
If you need assistance with getting out of bed and moving safely around the home, your live-in carer can help with this. They are well-trained in using various types of hoists, and proficient with safe transfers too, whether it is from your bed to standing on your own, to a walking frame, or to a wheelchair.
After starting the day your way, your carer can help with any tasks you may find difficult. This could be making the bed, doing the laundry, washing the dishes after breakfast or vacuuming the house.
Lunchtime and other meals
Your live-in carer can prepare your meals for you, if you’d like them to, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and any snacks you need. This is always to your tastes and chosen dietary requirements – whether you prefer sandwiches cut into triangles, like salads with a specific dressing, or have certain allergies and food intolerances.
Quality care should always be about enabling your independence, and we train our carers to do just that. Rather than taking over on tasks, he or she will enable you to complete them yourself – if that’s what you want to do.
At the initial meeting with your local Helping Hands care manager, you will be asked about your preferences and routines which will form the basis of what we call your ‘person-centred support plan’. This will be written from your point of view, outlining exactly what you like to do each day – and how you like things to be done.
No matter how big or small these requirements are, they help to build a picture of the type of daily support you require and, maybe more importantly, the type of person who would suit you best.
Respecting boundaries and personal time
You may choose to share mealtimes with your carer, discussing the day ahead. You may enjoy the gentle encouragement during your daily tasks, and like conversing over a cup of tea in the garden while watching the birds and other wildlife.
Some customers prefer time on their own, maybe to watch their favourite TV programme or eat their meals alone. Carers also support couples at home, allowing them both the space to have breakfast or other time together.
With live-in care, your boundaries and privacy wishes are always respected, and your personal preferences will be outlined in your support plan.
What is most important to remember is that your live-in carer will be someone who you feel comfortable around, carefully matched to your personality, interests and even outlook on life. Many of our carers become more like friends with the people they support.
Daily support your way
Think of what you love to do each day. This could be as simple as watching your favourite TV programme, enjoying a game of cards, gardening or getting out shopping or visiting the local park. There may be activities that you haven’t done in a while, like getting out to see friends, visiting the seaside, attending an art class or going to a football match.
Whatever you enjoy doing, your live-in carer can be there to assist in living the life you want. They are sometimes referred to as personal assistants, even supporting people at work, during their studies at university or even assisting them on holiday.
With you at the centre of your live-in care support plan, each day is run your way. Unlike within a residential care home, you set the timetable and schedule.
What’s more, your friends and family can come and go as they please, just like they do now. Your carer will always respect your privacy if you’d like some space, or will stay if you feel comfortable with that. They can accompany you where you want to go, staying with you or meeting up later as you prefer.
If you a night owl, you might have regular evening engagements, whether it be meeting friends at the pub, going to the cinema or watching your favourite band. Having a live-in carer doesn’t mean that any of this should change. If anything, you’ll have the support to do these things more often.
We all have our night-time rituals or things that we do each evening before bed. Maybe you like a cup of hot chocolate before retiring, reading a good novel until you feel sleepy, or relaxing with a soak in the bath. Whatever your nightly routine, your carer can be there to support you if you wish.
Another extra benefit of live-in care is that someone is there throughout the night, maybe for an emergency or if you need help getting to the toilet. Your carer will sleep in a spare room within your home, and will be on-hand if anything happens. This can offer great peace of mind, not only to you, but also to your loved ones.
Every single Helping Hands carer has graduated from our industry-endorsed training programme, the only programme in the home care industry to be quality stamped by Skills for Care. They go through rigorous checks before joining our team, ensuring they are fully competent and have a good level of written and spoken English.
As a fully regulated provider of home care, your dedicated care manager is always on-hand if you ever have any concerns or need additional support. Call us if you’d like to find out more.
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Page reviewed by Jill Hopcraft, Regional Care Director on July 18, 2019