08 Benefits of live-in care

When it comes to caring for 11.6 million people aged 65* or over in the UK, there’s overwhelming evidence that constant, person-centred, one-to-one care produces a far better experience as well as improved health and wellbeing for the vast majority of people.

* Mid-2015 Population Estimates UK Office for National Statistics, 2016

benefits of live-in care

Companionship

“In a care home, you don’t get to know the residents like I know my live-in care client. Live-in care is so much more personal.” Read Chris’s story about how ‘Live-in care is like living with a family’.

When a Care Assistant isn’t limited by pressures on their time, they’re able to truly understand their client. As your live-in carer will be there to support you or your loved one throughout the day, they will notice habits, routines and preferences that a visiting carer or a care home assistant might miss if they have limited time. Share stories and experiences together in a one-to-one environment means your live-in carer will be able to offer truly compassionate companionship that’s enriching and engaging.

Living in your own home with no upheaval and no need to move

Nearly three-quarters of us* want to stay in our own homes as we get older and for good reason! Not only home to us, but also home to our memories, our treasured possessions and our lifestyles, our homes are part of our own identity. It comes as no surprise that a staggering 97 percent* of people do not want to go into a care home if they become ill or less able to cope. There truly is no place like home.

The prospect of moving out of our own home can be a daunting thought for anyone, but if you or your loved one is living with a condition such as dementia, removing the safety, comfort and familiarity of the home environment can be a deeply traumatic experience. Maintaining our lifestyle and routines is essential to our wellbeing, so remaining at home and receiving specialist care means there’s no upheaval, no disruption and no distress.

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

Pets

Our pets’ unconditional love, companionship and affection are an emotional lifeline for millions across the country.  But with many residential homes and sheltered housing schemes refusing to allow residents to keep pets, the prospect of rehoming our beloved pets is deeply distressing.

Matching a live-in carer to your care needs and lifestyle will accommodate for pet care as part of the support you receive, so remaining living at home with live-in care means you’ll be able to keep your beloved pets by your side.

Less strain on the family

Caring for a loved one can be very demanding, both physically and emotionally. Many people who are committed to caring for their loved one feel guilty about taking time off and worried when they do. But taking regular breaks is really important for everyone. It’s absolutely essential to find a balance between caring for both your loved one and yourself as their carer.

If your loved one requires care throughout the day and night, exhaustion can quickly take its toll. Whether you’d benefit from a couple of weeks to rest and concentrate on your work or family life, or an extended break for a couple of months, the support of a live-in carer will enable you to take a respite break to concentrate on your own wellbeing. Live-in carers will provide patience, compassion and empathy so your loved one will have a seamless transition from your care to their carer’s.

Caring for a loved one can be a rewarding yet isolating experience. But you don’t have to feel alone. Sharing the care with a live-in carer will help you build a support network so you can feel relaxed knowing that they will be there to shoulder your responsibilities and anxieties whenever you need. Being cared for by different carers can be a really positive experience for your loved one too. They’re able to build friendships and engage with new people in the comfort of their own home.

“I felt so supported when our live-in carer arrived. Knowing that she was there for mum and dad was just such a relief. It meant I could get some of my own life back.”

Read Annie’s Story here