04 Who needs live-in care?

There are a number of scenarios where somebody may benefit from live-in care, and some of the more typical situations are explored below.

who needs live-in care

Elderly people living alone are more vulnerable to feelings of isolation and loneliness as well as falls and accidents. Live-in carers not only support emotional wellbeing with compassionate companionship, but also drastically reduce the risk of falling and injuries.

Care for ongoing or progressive health needs

Ongoing conditions such as dementia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s bring their own challenges, but no matter what your circumstance, the heartfelt care of a live-in carer enables you and your loved ones to access an enriched quality of life. There are many aspects of everyday life that a live-in carer can support with. From monitoring any changes in health or condition, to assisting with mobility, to assisting with household tasks and accompaniment to medical appointments, a live-in carer’s full-time support enables you to discover a new way to explore life’s adventures.

Live-in carers can support with:

  • Prompting or administering medication
  • Personal care such as washing, bathing and changing clothes
  • Flexible support as physical needs change
  • Accompanying you to medical appointments
  • Emotional support for family and friends
  • Cooking meals and fetching your food shopping
  • Home help such as laundry and keeping your home clean and tidy
  • Companionship
  • Communication with medical professionals

Care support to help you recover after hospital

Research shows that after a stay in hospital, people recuperating at home recover far quicker than if they were to remain in hospital. Our home is the environment we feel most comfortable in, meaning we’re more relaxed with more chance of rest, everything at-hand, and the people we love close by to help with a smooth recovery. Recovery from an illness or surgical procedure with the support of a live-in carer means that you’ll receive specialist care in the comfort of your own home. Live-in carers can support with:

  • Accompanying you to outpatient appointments, doctors’ appointments and physiotherapy appointments
  • Safely supporting you with moving around your home
  • Cooking meals and fetching your food shopping
  • Home help such as laundry and keeping your home clean and tidy
  • Personal care such as washing, bathing and changing clothes
  • Companionship
  • Prompting or administering medication
  • Your loved ones will have peace of mind knowing that a professional is on-hand to respond to any alerts or emergencies

Case study

Sheila had a fall and broke her hip which took a while to recover from and then the following year, she fell and broke her other hip. Sheila’s daughter became increasingly worried about her safety and when Sheila then fell again and broke her shoulder, the hospital wouldn’t discharge her unless there was care in place to support Sheila at home. Sheila’s daughter spent much time researching the different options and discovered live-in care. “I really didn’t want to see them in a care home. I wanted Mum to have one-on-one care at home and to be in charge of their own day and she was never going to get that in a care home.” When the live-in carer arrived, Sheila’s daughter describes how all their lives changed “It had been such a horrible situation and within weeks she totally turned it around.”

Having a live-in carer meant that Sheila’s daughter was kept updated with Sheila’s health, and when Sheila’s husband began to need more support, the decision was made to introduce a second live-in carer. “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

End-of-life & palliative live-in care services

The home environment is typically rich in memories and offers an unparalleled level of comfort and security. Receiving care at home from a live-in carer means there’s no upheaval and no disruption. A live-in carer will work closely with their client, medical professionals including GPs, district nurses and specialist palliative care nurses to make sure they are as comfortable as possible. Live-in carers will have received training for specialist equipment and liaise with healthcare professionals to ensure that their care is centred on fulfilling all care needs. A live-in carer can be a truly valued part of the support network by providing care that encompasses physical, psychological, social or spiritual needs.

No matter your circumstances, live-in carers can support with:

  • Respectful, compassionate and dignified care
  • Emotional support for family and friends
  • Using specialist equipment
  • Personal care such as washing, bathing and changing clothes
  • Administering medication
  • Flexible support as physical needs change
  • Choice in how and where you would like to be cared for
  • Cooking meals and fetching your food shopping
  • Home help such as laundry and keeping your home clean and tidy
  • Companionship
  • Communication with medical professionals