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Will live-in care work? Weighing the pros and cons

Comparing the Pros and Cons of using a Live in Carer

Live- in care has incredible physical and emotional benefits, however, it is not always the most practical or suitable option for every individual.

To help you decide whether 24 hour home care is the appropriate care provision for your individual situation, we have created an article outlining the pros and cons of live in care.

Many older people struggle with the upheaval of moving to residential facilities, losing their home, friends and memories. However, with ever increasing support needs, 24 hour supervision and care may become required.

Live- in care gives people the option to stay in their own homes whilst receiving one to one professional support. The process of transitioning into full time care is often less unsettling than moving into a residential home. This is due to the consistency of having 1 to 2 stable carers and the familiarity  of being in a usual environment. This is especially true for individuals with dementia.

Providers of live- in care design support plans specific to you. They consider your current routine, hobbies and lifestyle. This promotes a level of independence which cannot be attained within a care institution. You still retain a choice of when to get up and eat breakfast and when to see your friends and family. You are even able to remain active within your community.

For couples seeking support, live in care is a great option. Not only is it financially cost effective, being considerably cheaper than the price of two beds in a care home, but couples may also remain living together in the family home. This allows them to keep receiving quality care with all of the desired comforts, including pets!

The quality of  care delivered by live-in care providers is often superior. With one sole client over an extended period of time, live in carers are able to provide a more intimate and personal service, developing a relationship with their client and constantly adapting to their changing needs.

Fall  prevention is a vital part of elderly care. It is important to take the necessary precautions and preventative measures against falls. Live- in care provides the individual with 24 hour supervision and support, by trained professionals with knowledge and expertise in preventing and dealing with falls.

Live in care is undoubtedly a great holistic option, however it is not always the most practical or suitable provision.

For individuals with assets over the value of £23,250 you will need to pay for the full cost of  your care. Many older people consider selling their property to cover residential and nursing homes fees. For those seeking care at home, other avenues for funding need to be explored.

For couples seeking support, live in care is a great option. It is important to seek advice Care Funding Guidance is a not for profit company. They have a practical guide on how to meet care fees in the UK and it’s freely available to all.

In order to receive 24 hour care within your home, you need to be able to accommodate a live in  carer. Having a spare room available for your live in carer to sleep in and have their own leisure time. Another logistical consideration is nursing requirements. Live- in carers are qualified to provide companionship, personal care and  specialist care. Live- in care may not be the practical option for individuals with chronic conditions which require regular and consistent nursing. However, it is important to note that many live in care providers do offer live- in nursing services.

Extensive research and careful consideration should be undertaken to ensure you find the right care for your needs and circumstances.

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