There really is no place like home

‘There’s no place like home’ is the conclusion of recent national research commissioned by the Live-in Care Hub and published today in a special report entitled, No Place Like Home.

Nearly three-quarters of us* wish to continue living in our own homes as we get older – and with a staggering 97% wanting to avoid residential care homes if they become ill or less able to cope with everyday life, it’s comforting to know that there are many options available to continue living at home.

But many of us are unaware of the options available to us. The chaos and stresses of our busy everyday lives often mean that we don’t pause to think about our wishes for our how we want to live in the future and many of us believe being ‘shipped off’ to a care home may be unavoidable in later life.

This is simply not true. You have a choice. There is another life-enhancing option: that of live-in care at home. It offers a solution to everything that makes a care home an unwelcome option and, given the choice, it’s an option many of us would prefer over residential care. Live-in care is growing in popularity, but many people are still unaware of how affordable and enriching it is.

The report raises awareness of live-in homecare as there really is no place like home.

97% of us would prefer to live in our own homes than move into a care home

The aim of the ‘No Place Like Home‘ report, therefore, is to raise awareness of live-in home care, as well as highlighting concerns facing older people and their loved ones. It provides the most recent research into issues affecting our aging population, as well as vital information about this increasingly popular form of care.

Our most recent nationwide research found that 34 percent of adults of all ages say dementia is the condition they are most scared of experiencing in later life – overtaking cancer as the most feared condition for the 55+ age group. Given the total number of people with dementia in the UK is forecast to increase by 38% over the next 15 years, it’s more important than ever before to share the benefits of live-in care to support people to live safely and confidently at home. The ‘No Place Like Home’ report outlines the Live-in Care Hub’s findings and highlights how live-in carers are specially trained to cope with dementia and other conditions.

Comparing live-in care to a care home

Remain in the comfort of your own home vs Move to a new unfamiliar environment

Costs from £650 per week vs Costs up to £975 per week*

One-to-one care at home vs Average staff to resident ratio of 1:4**

Maintain your lifestyle and routines vs Regimented routine and drastic change of lifestyle

Live-in carers can take you on outings and accompany you to appointments vs Staff do not support you outside the residential home

Choice of what you eat and when you eat vs Set menu and meal times

Pets can remain at home vs Rules vary

Significant cost savings for couples vs You pay for two beds

What is the Live-in Care Hub?

The Live-in Homecare Information Hub is a coalition of 13 leading live-in care companies, all providing 24-hour care at home for older people. Trinity Homecare is proud to be a founder member of the Live-in Care Hub. All Live-in Care Hub partners belong to the United Kingdom Homecare Association, and we’re united in the goal of raising awareness about the high quality of care provided by this unique and very positive alternative to care homes.

Our website, www.liveincarehub.co.uk was developed as a valuable resource for the general public and healthcare professionals alike.

Download the Live-in Care Hub – No Place Like Home Report 2016

*From research conducted by One Poll, July 2014, for live-in care