How does live in care work?
When looking at care options for a family member, we understand that you may be uncomfortable with the thought of a loved one having to move to a nursing home. This is just one reason why many people find live in care a practical, personalised, comfortable, and even more cost-effective alternative.
So, how does live in care work? That’s the question we’ll be exploring in this blog post. Read on to discover the benefits of live in care in Christchurch and the surrounding area to determine whether it is right for you and your family.
What is live in care?
Live in care is professional care provided in the comfort of one’s own home. By providing highly-personalised care and practical help around the house, it enables individuals or couples to maintain their independence while enjoying the familiar surroundings of their home. Depending on your requirements, live in care can be arranged in the following ways:
- Long Term Live In
- Short Term Live In per 7 day periods
- Respite Live In per 24 hour period.
Understanding Daily Duties of Live in Care
We know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to care, which is why our experienced and qualified carers can perform a variety of duties tailored to your loved one’s needs.
This can include personal care, such as washing, dressing, bathing, and help with toileting, as well as domestic assistance. For example, our reliable carers would be more than happy to prepare meals, clean, wash and iron clothes, and look after any pets. A dedicated carer also means that there is always someone around to assist with financial matters, medical needs, and any day-to-day tasks. They can also assist with managing appointments, arranging social outings, and accompanying your loved one to wherever they need to be.
With the support and companionship of a live in carer, you can rest assured that your loved one’s needs will be met in a way that does not compromise their independence or dignity.
What benefits does live-in care provide?
No matter one’s age, finding oneself in new surroundings is never easy. That’s why we completely understand when people are reluctant to leave the home they have lived in for years and experience a complete change in routine. This is especially true when a person is living with dementia, has Multiple Sclerosis or is approaching the end of life.
One of the big advantages of live in care is that it minimises the change involved and allows your loved one to remain in a space where they feel safe and comfortable. It allows them to maintain their independence and continue to enjoy their daily routines. Best of all, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is receiving the care and respect they deserve.
What do I need to provide my carer?
A carer is required to have their own space, internet access, and a food and grocery budget. A carer will also need a two-hour break in any 24 hour period. While this can be arranged according to your loved one’s needs, we find it often works best when he or she is resting in the afternoon. If care is required during this time, we’d be happy to organise an hourly carer to cover this period or a family member can use this time to visit.
In order to provide your loved one with a personalised care plan, you’ll also need to meet with our Registered Nurse and provide information on favourite meals, the basics of their daily routine, any house rules, as well likes and dislikes. This ensures we are able to care for your loved one in the best way possible.
If you have any questions about live-in care or require clarification about anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We want you to be fully comfortable and confident with your decision before you commit and would be more than happy to address any of your questions or concerns.