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Live-in Care: When Is It Appropriate?

How to Decide When You Need Live-in Care

Deciding you need live-in care is not a decision you will take lightly, nor will it likely be taken alone. You and your loved ones will want to assess what your care needs are and then, after researching what care options are available, make a decision based on your requirements and what will work best for you.

You may have been struggling at home for a while and realise that you need professional care, or perhaps you’ve been receiving visiting care but now need someone full-time. The circumstances that see people choosing live-in care are going to be different for everyone.

Perhaps you have a complex care condition and you’ve considered living with family or moving to a care home, but for whatever reason, it’s not right for you. Leaving your own home under any circumstances is always going to be difficult and for the benefit of your physical and emotional wellbeing should probably be avoided, unless there really is no other option.

Perhaps family members can see you’re struggling and are pressuring you to move into their home, but would that really be the best move for you all? They may have demanding jobs and family commitments and therefore may struggle to find enough time to support you as fully as you need; after all, caring for someone, especially when they have complex needs, is a full-time job in itself.

Moving into a care home wouldn’t be ideal either, as you still have to leave the people, pets and possessions that you treasure and the things about your home that mean everything to you. Perhaps you planted the garden yourself and have watched it develop over the decades, you may have brought children up in your home and hoped that your grandchildren would run around in the same places they did, or perhaps it’s the place that you feel knows you best and you feel tranquil and peaceful within.

Whatever the reason, you shouldn’t have to leave your home if you don’t want to, as with Helping Hands you can have a compassionate and dedicated live-in carer supporting you to stay in your own home, without having to compromise on your choices, routines or independence.

Short-term Care Needs

If you usually manage at home with the support of family but for whatever reason, they are not going to be available, we can offer short-term support from a couple of days up to several weeks.

Alternatively, it may be that you already have a long-term carer and you need cover while they take a well-earned break, or perhaps you’re coming out of hospital and need some support at home until you’re fully recovered.

Regardless of the reasons, with respite care from Helping Hands, you can get the temporary support you need while remaining in the home you love. Our 30 years of homecare experience means that we can support customers living with a wide range of conditions to live their best life possible in the home they love, for as long as they need.

Long-term Care Needs

Our live-in carers are amazing; they’ll support you with every aspect of your day-to-day routine to ensure that you get to live your best life possible, while remaining in the home you love and want to stay in forever. Some of our customers have the same live-in carer returning to them again and again for many years, as it offers the opportunity to build a good friendship between the two of you and your carer becomes expert in knowing how you like to be cared for.

Having the same live-in carer returning to you also means you get continuity of care, and the knowledge that you’re not going to have to get to know someone new every time your carer takes a break. Consequently, your carer may be with you at the beginning of your condition, and be a constant companion throughout your journey, perhaps through to palliative care and beyond.

Why Live-in Care?

Live-in care offers you the best of both worlds; you get to remain in the home you love while also receiving expert care of the highest standard. Having a carer living in your home with you around the clock means you’ll never be lonely – you’ll always have someone to talk to if you feel like talking, or to sit quietly with you if you don’t.

Your live-in carer isn’t just undertaking care tasks such as personal care, companionship and medication support though; they will also be able to do tasks around the house, such as laundry, vacuuming, meal preparation, ordering prescriptions and groceries and even light gardening when the weather allows.

Additionally, they can collect items for you from the pharmacy or shops, accompany you to activities and appointments in the community and ensure that you get to live your life as independently and enjoyably as possible. And we don’t just care for people living in their own; if your partner or someone you live with needs support as well as you, our carers are adept at supporting couples, meaning you don’t have to be separated when one of you needs full-time care.

If you’d like to learn more about how a live-in carer could change your life, then call our friendly customer care specialists seven days a week, or contact us via our website and we’ll be happy to call you back.