Alternatives to care homes – have you considered live-in care?

With an ageing population more and more families are facing a dilemma about how to support relatives needing care and are keen to explore alternatives to care homes, such as live-in care.

Around 15 per cent of people aged 65-69 experience difficulty with at least one daily living activity, such as washing or getting dressed. And for people aged 85 and over, this rises to one in three.

If your family member is struggling to live alone without support, you may think that your only options are to have them move in with you or into a care home.

Is a care home the only option?

Certainly, depending on the kind and level of help someone needs and how they feel about leaving their home, a care or nursing home can provide a comfortable, safe and supportive place to live.

As well as having professional care staff on hand all the time, your relative would have plenty of chances to make new friends and get involved in stimulating social activities.

Alternatives to care homes

In other cases the thought of losing their independence, or leaving the family home, could feel like the end of the world to your relative. That’s where other types of support, like live-in care or home care could be the answer.

Live-in care – 24-hour support in your own home

Your relative might be happier staying in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by their familiar possessions – we can all understand that. If they need constant care, 24-hour live-in care could well be the perfect alternative to a care home.

Live-in care does exactly what it says on the tin. A carefully-matched professional care worker comes to live at your relation’s house, providing them with fantastic continuity of care.

The level of care provided depends entirely on your relative’s needs. They might need a low level of support, where their live-in care worker would take care of tasks like cooking, cleaning, laundry and checking on medication.

A live-in care worker is trained to make sure that the person in their care eats and drinks regularly. They can also make sure beloved furry or feathered friends are cared for, giving your relative one less thing to worry about.

For more information, please call us on 01305443115.

Keeping their independence and social life

With a live-in care worker with them your relative keeps their independence and continues with their hobbies and regular schedule. They can stay registered with their local GP, dentist and optician, and their care worker will make sure they get to medical appointments.

Other regular arrangements – like the hairdresser, church or the local quiz night – don’t need to be missed either.

Forming friendships and combating loneliness

Having a live-in care worker in the house means there’s always someone on hand – reassuring if your relative is at risk of falling, or you’re worried they would feel isolated or lonely without someone around.

Live-in care workers form strong bonds of friendship with the person they’re caring for.

Connie and Elena’s story

Read how live-in care brought Connie dignity, independence and genuine friendship.

Live-in dementia care

According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia. One in 14 people over 65 will develop dementia, and the condition affects 1 in 6 people over 80.

So it’s no surprise that our live-in care staff are extremely experienced in supporting people with all types of dementia – giving families valuable peace of mind.

Our live-in care workers have extensive experience of caring for people with other complex conditions, such as MS and cerebral palsy, or providing reassuring and sensitive palliative and end-of-life care.

When a break is all you need

If your family member is living at home with you, live-in respite care is a great way to guarantee their continued care while you take a well-deserved break.

Similarly, if you’re worried about a family member trying to recover at home after illness, a hospital stay or fall, a live-in care worker could come and live with them for a short while, giving them the intensive support and encouragement they need to regain their independence and skills.

Live-in care is particularly good for people who’ve been in hospital – their consultant will only discharge them if they agree they’re able to manage on their own, or that the right level of care is in place to support them at home.

Live-in care costs – an affordable alternative to a care home

Live-in care is an affordable alternative to moving into a care home. And because your relative is still living there, the value of their home isn’t taken into account as an asset – this isn’t the case if they move into a care home.

Our simple care online cost calculator can give you a good idea of how much live-in care from one of Agincare’s professional care workers could cost a week.

Home care – professional care in your home when you need it

If your family member doesn’t have a spare room for a live-in care worker, or doesn’t need someone on hand all the time, there is another alternative.

Home care (also known as domiciliary care) means a care worker or workers regularly come in to support your relative with whatever they need help with. This could be washing, preparing meals, shopping, or feeding a pet.

We have a network of home care branches, providing local care from local people. Our care staff quickly become familiar and trusted faces for clients and their families.

For more information, please call us on 01305443115.

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