Live-In Care is when a Carer resides with the elderly person or family in their home, to service all of their needs on a daily basis. Carers adjust to the client’s needs and schedule to provide the highest level of care needed. Carers are usually trained professionals who are certified, with the aim of becoming part of the family.
The use of live-in carers promotes independence and choice. It gives those in need the opportunity to remain in their own home and also their own community, so they will be still be able to socialise, without the need for feeling isolated. Needs assessments are carried out by qualified Care representatives to ensure that the correct level of care is provided.
Apart from full-time care, Live-in carers enable family carers to have a break, or to help with care, assistance or companionship when on holiday. The length of time for this care will depend on the client’s needs and requirements.
Some of the services provided through Live-In Care are:
Personal care, to include: bathing, showering, dressing, toileting, etc.
Assistance with hygiene
Assistance with Medication
Assistance with mobility
Shopping and Errands
Preparing and cooking meals and snacks
What to Expect from a Live-In Carer
To have at least 6 months care experience or more.
To be fully trained
To have an extensive background and reference check.
To always provide a professional and confidential service.
To undertake the following tasks if required:
Personal care, to include: bathing, showering, dressing, toileting etc.
Assistance with mobility.
Shopping and Errands.
Preparing and cooking meals and snacks.
Health and Hygiene cleaning.
To undertake any other tasks that are appropriate and have been identified and agreed during the initial visit or assessment.
Specialist Live-In Care Teams
Carers who specialise in Alzheimer’s face unique challenges. Alzheimer’s patients can be stubborn, scared, and confused. Communication and ADL tasks like bathing, eating, and dressing could be difficult in some cases. Caring for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients requires patience and understanding. The carer must be creative with planning everyday activities.
They have to be sensitive to common problems like delusions, hallucinations, and paranoia, and risks like wandering. There are independent certification organizations that will specially train the carer in Alzheimer’s care. Alzheimer’s carers can expect to make a similar salary to live in carers, as the lines between the two roles often blur.
Using a care agency to help you find the perfect carer for your situation offers many advantages but come with additional expenses. Obviously, care agencies have experience which could be a valuable resource. They are familiar with the process of hiring, screening, and doing background and credential checks. They can also help you to negotiate rates, and if you so desire, they can manage hired personal daily.
A Carer Service can also handle and manage all of the responsibilities associated with hiring an employee, including payroll taxes and insurance related to injuries on the job. Hiring a live-in Carer is like hiring a full-time employee, so be sure to not overlook your responsibilities as an employer.