What is live-in care?

Jun 26, 2018

Spinal Injury Live-in Care

If you need support at home to enable you to live-independently, you may choose to opt for live-in care. An alternative to hourly care — also known as domiciliary care – live-in care provides you with a care assistant who lives with you at home, supporting your day to day needs. Our live-in care service provides you with between 6 – 8 hours of care over a 24 hour timeframe. If your individual needs mean you require more care than this, we can provide additional live-in carers who can support you through the whole day, as well as overnight, providing a continuous level of care, 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. Live-in care provides a lifeline, helping to maintain your independence at home for longer. For many, it’s the best alternative to moving into a residential care home – you have the choice to stay living in your own home, with the support of a specialist carer to help with your medical and day to day needs.

What are the benefits of live-in care?

Live-in care fits around you and your lifestyle. Whether you need help with personal care, housework or movement around the house, our highly trained and experienced care assistants can help you to live the life you want. A flexible solution designed to suit your individual needs, you can maintain your independence whilst receiving the support you need. Benefits of one to one live-in care include:

  • You can stay in the comfort and familiarity of your own home
  • You can continue your familiar daily routine
  • You can continue to pursue your hobbies, social life and interests
  • You can choose how and when your carer helps you – this can be as much or little as you prefer, with our care services providing ultimate flexibility
  • You’ll benefit from companionship at home or on days out
  • You’ll have emotional support, with a carer often becoming more like a friend

What does a live-in carer do?

A live-in carer can make a real difference to your life. Our flexible live-in care service allows you to remain in control – you choose how much or how little you carer helps you. From essential daily tasks such as getting in and out of bed, showering and preparing meals to specialist requirements such as tracheostomy and catheter care, our trained care assistants can help you. Our carers can also drive you to appointments and social events. Tasks that a live-in carer will typically provide include:

  • Helping you in and out of bed
  • Support with bathing and toileting
  • Support with dressing
  • Providing mobility support around your home
  • Administering medication or reminding you to take your medication when required
  • Preparing meals
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Household cleaning
  • Running errands
  • Providing companionship and emotional support at home
  • Support outside the home, such as travelling to appointments

While you may think that a carer can only help you with personal care, mobility and medication, our carers can do so much more to make your life easier. They’ll even help you care for your pets. If you have more complex medical needs, our specialist nurse-led carers are trained to support you with:

  • Pet feeding
  • Ventilated care
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Continence care
  • Insulin management

How do we find the right carer for you?

Providing specialist at-home care since 1994, we understand the importance of finding the right carer for you. We know that welcoming someone to live with you at home can seem overwhelming, but we support you every step of the way with our professional expertise. We’ll match you with a care you feel comfortable with, who understands your routine, your needs and your choices in life. We’ll ask you to let us know your care preferences, considering:

  • If your carer must have any specific experience or specialism
  • If you’d prefer your carer to be male or female, or you have no preference
  • If your carer must be able to drive
  • If you’d like your carer to share your interests

This information will help us choose the right carer for you, ensuring you are happy and comfortable living with them in your home. For further information on how we can support you with live-in care or any other form of care at home, please just get in touch with our specialist team, who will be more than happy to help you.