How live-in care works
A live-in carer lives with you in your own home, enabling you or your loved one to stay in the place you know best for as long as humanly possible. Here at ENA, we specialise in providing carers who can live with our clients for long periods of time. Our carers typically reside with clients from 8 to 12 weeks at a time, to provide a greater level of continuity and support.
Live-in care is considered the best alternative to a home as it provides one-to-one, individualised, around-the-clock care with better health outcomes for those living with physical or mental conditions. Remaining in your own home with the comfort and familiarity of your surroundings eliminates the stress and upheaval associated with moving into a care home. This is particularly relevant to those living with conditions such as dementia and Parkinson’s.
What does a live-in carer do?
The role of a live-in carer can also entail more complex care responsibilities. Some carers will have received advanced training which allows them to manage particular conditions and administer everyday medical support for clients with more serious conditions such as spinal injuries, dementia and terminal illnesses.
What is included in live-in care?
- Plan and prepare healthy meals
- Help with washing and getting dressed
- Carry out personal care and grooming tasks eg. trimming nails or shaving
- Take care of housework such as cleaning and laundry
- Assist with travel, whether to medical appointments, to visit family and friends, or for shopping and leisure activities
- Monitor and administer medication
- Take care of wounds like bed sores
- Stay in close contact with GPs, district nurses, physiotherapists and other relevant
- Provide assistance with mobility around the house
- Maintain catheters, colostomy bags, tracheostomies etc
- Help with pain management
- Provide companionship and support with wellbeing
healthcare professionals and inform them of progress and developments
Transitioning to live-in care
At ENA, our process for transitioning to live-in care is tried and tested to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
What do I need to provide my carer with?
Carers will require a three hour break in any 24-hour period, which many clients find is usually best taken when they are resting in the afternoon. If required, some clients will have family visits to cover the break, or we can organise for an hourly carer to cover this too. Alternatively, we can discuss alternative break arrangements when building the care plan to fit around your needs.
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What some of our clients have said about our care
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