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What to Do if Your Parent Needs Elderly Live-in Care

This guide will cover:

 

Does your parent need live-in care?

When should you consider elderly live-in care for a loved one?

How does elderly live-in care work?

Is live-in care the right option for my parent?

Costs and considerations of live-in care at home

 

Does your parent need elderly live-in care?

 

It can be challenging to figure out when and why your parent may need elderly live-in care, or assistance from a carer. There is a range of live-in care services available, and The Live in Care Company can help you to decide what type of care you need to get for your parents. Usually, care is decided through a combination of you noticing your parents are not coping as well by themselves as they used to, or if they have had a recent hospital stay and they need support with their rehabilitation. It is unlikely that your parents will admit to needing help as it can be difficult for older people to come to terms with the fact that they may not be as independent as they used to be.

 

When deciding to start live-in care, an option could involve starting with minimal hours per week and increasing as care needs increase with age. There is no harm in having a carer come in a few hours per week to help for instance with grocery shopping or household tasks and for this care to increase to a few times a day once your parents’ needs also increase, which is typical as we age.

 

It can be helpful to think about 8 key areas of life when considering whether care is appropriate.

These include:

 

  • Family support
  • Home support
  • Medical and physical needs
  • Cognitive ability/health
  • Mobility
  • Personal care
  • Meal preparation
  • Social interaction

 

If the family is happy to provide input for your parents, this may be suitable at first, however it can be challenging for family members to coordinate and organise care since they usually have their own commitments. A live-in carer is a great option since your parents will not have to leave their home. They can have someone to support them with all of the key areas of their life and to have care optimised to suit their needs. If they are struggling with a variety of different aspects of their lives, this can be a great option as a live-in carer can be on hand to provide input throughout the day and the night.

 

When should you consider elderly live-in care for a loved one?

 

Live-in care for the elderly is often considered once a loved one has had an accident or they have been hospitalised. However, it is often a good idea to think about a live-in carer for the elderly prior to such an event. Live-in care services can talk through with you about the options they provide and they can help you work out how much input is appropriate for your loved one. This can start off as minimal and increase if more care needs are picked up.

 

At home support

 

A live-in carer can support your loved one within their own home, meaning that their daily structure does not need to be changed or interrupted. It can be challenging for your loved one to come to terms with the fact that they need a carer and to make room to have someone live in their home but this can be managed better by sitting down to discuss their concerns.

 

It can be a good time to list the things you think that they are struggling with and what a live-in carer might be able to do to help them. For instance, if they have reduced mobility and are struggling to do things around the house then a carer can help them with this. Similarly, they may be having difficulties getting to social events or going out of the house as often as they used to.

 

Companionship

 

A carer can help them to maintain their social relationships whilst also becoming a companion. Elderly live-in care can also help with personal care and with people who have physical difficulties and need medication management.

 

They can also be particularly beneficial for your loved one if you have noticed a decline in their cognitive health as this could be an early sign of dementia and therefore having a live-in carer early on can help your loved one not only adjust to care but also a live-in carer can prevent deterioration above and beyond that which occurs naturally, by supporting your loved one with their physical health through keeping them eating healthily, exercising and motivating them to engage in activities they enjoy.

 

How does elderly live-in care work?

 

Elderly live-in care works by having a carer come into the home of your loved one to live alongside them and support them with their daily routine. There must be a spare room in the house so that the carer has their own space and independence. This can help foster a better relationship between your loved one and the carer and they can work out a care package that suits you and your loved one. A live-in carer will need time to themselves and they will need 8 hours sleep at night. Before them starting work, you can discuss the care routine with the carer and the live-in care agency so that your loved one is being supported when necessary whilst also allowing the carer to feel they have time to rest.

 

Benefits of elderly live-in care

 

It can be reassuring to know that there is someone in the house with your loved one, however, even if the person providing live in-home care is not working throughout the hours of the night, they are still in the house with your loved one should the need for support or an incident arise. If your loved one has dementia or you have noticed a decline in their cognition then a live-in carer can increase their hours to match the needs of your loved one. Sometimes two carers can share the work so that your loved one is supported throughout all hours of the day and night, but this is usually only required during more advanced stages of dementia and at this point, you may even consider a care home.

 

Is live-in care the right option for my parent?

 

Care in the home is often the right option for your parent if they need support within their daily routine that goes above that which could be offered by carers dropping in at specified hours of the day but also if they do not want to move out of their home into a care home. It is very much the preferred choice of many elderly people to be able to remain at home with their belongings and the comfort of a home they know well.

 

It can be quite devastating for older people to leave their home, their community, pets and personal belongings and move into a residential home. Having a live-in carer means that they are able to stay put and be supported with any difficulties they have. A live-in carer can also become a companion for your loved one so this can be a good option for your parent if you feel they are lonely and in need of social support. Social interactions are recommended as part of a healthy lifestyle and are thought to help protect people against depression and cognitive impairment so it is a crucial consideration if your parent is living by themselves.

Costs and considerations of live-in home help for the elderly

Live-in care agencies are able to help you work out how much a live-in carer will cost for your loved one’s needs. This varies depending on what area of the country you live in and it also can vary between agencies. Live-in home care can sometimes work out as cheaper than a residential home but you will need to have a spare bedroom for a live-in carer in your loved one’s home and they will need access to bathroom facilities.

 

How can we help?

At The Live in Care Company we pride ourselves on smoothly arranging elderly live-in elderly care for you with our hassle-free and straightforward process. Our helpful team will provide you with the appropriate care for an elderly relative and we are happy to be able to discuss all of the care options with you.

 

Our team will take the time to help you understand your needs fully before matching you with a well-suited live-in carer.

 

You may speak to us by calling 0118 449 2373, filling in an enquiry form on our website or emailing [email protected] .

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