In all too many cases people believe that residential care is the only option for an elderly person needing round-the-clock assistance. But with care at home becoming more affordable and high quality options more easily available, care in the home should be considered as a beneficial alternative.
Live in care reduces the stress on families and prevents the upheaval associated with moving someone into a residential care home. Live in care is when someone lives in the home of the elderly person and is available at all times, apart from when they are on breaks. Often the job of caring fulltime for a person is completed in two-week shifts, with another care professional completing two weeks at the end of the first person’s work.
Live in care has many benefits. Here are just a few:
- Stay in Familiar Surroundings
Being able to stay in familiar surroundings is extremely beneficial for anyone, especially for an elderly person or someone experiencing dementia. There are the practical considerations of knowing exactly where everything is and being able to navigate throughout the home with ease. And there are the psychological considerations that include being emotionally attached to a home and to the things within it – this can cause a great deal of comfort to the elderly person.
- Benefit from Dedicated Care
Since the care is provided one-on-one the elderly person is always ensured complete and dedicated attention. It is not always possible to offer this in a residential home. For many elderly people this dedicated care is essential, and prevents falls, accidents, and other problems.
- Companionship and Emotional Support
A live in carer is also able to provide the emotional care and support needed by an elderly person. This level of attention is highly beneficial and helps reduce loneliness and isolation. The carer can also provide the opportunity for the elderly person to get out and about, seeing friends and visiting familiar places. This is again not always possible with care from a residential home.
- Reliable and Continuous Care
Continuity of care is highly important, particularly when it comes to looking after someone with dementia. Live in care provides stability and reliable care. There will always be a continuous attention paid to care and it is very joined up, compared to other care solutions where carers change on a daily basis and the specifics of a person’s care are lost in the handover. Not only that, but with care at home there is a specific plan put in place for the elderly person and this can be monitored and adjusted as time goes on.