Most people aren’t looking forward to spending their last days in a care home but what if there was a better alternative?
Many people think that their end of life care is going to be in an institutional care home, surrounded by daytime TV and isolated from their loved ones. Most modern care homes aren’t like the stereotype but nonetheless they are a poor substitute for in home care.
What is Live-In Care?
Most live in care jobs involve moving into the home of the client and taking over the running of the household whilst providing care assistance as required. Some of the tasks a live-in carer might be asked to do include:
- Assisting with dressing, bathing or toileting
- Cooking and cleaning
- Caring for pets
- Providing transport to healthcare appointments
- Ensuring medication is taken
- Accompanying the client for shopping or leisure outings
One client or two?
Married couples can find it difficult to find care homes where they can continue to live together. Co-habiting couples can find it impossible. The problem can be further exacerbated if one of the partnership requires vastly more care than the other member.
An advantage of having live-in care at home is that one carer can support two clients to continue living in their own home, together. They can provide only the care services required by each client and can increase or decrease the amount of care they provide as circumstances dictate.
Not all care homes accept pets, and those that do have strict rules on what, and how many, pets they will allow. Many carers are happy to walk dogs, feed cats and this allows the client to remain surrounded by their furry friends.
You can be lonely in a crowd and many elderly people in care homes feel isolated and alone – especially if they find it hard to chat to the other residents. Depression is common in the elderly but having a carer in the house week-in, week-out means there is always someone to chat to over a cup of tea. Simply having a sympathetic ear listening to one’s grumbles can be enough to boost and improve one’s mood.
Out and about
Often live-in carers will provide transport to and from appointments, social gatherings with their friends or to allow their clients to go shopping or visit local attractions. They can be far more flexible about when they can go and will remain with their client meaning no more waiting for taxis or “Ring and Ride” minibuses in draughty corridors.
The most likely reason for an elderly person to be taken to hospital is because they have fallen. Falls can rob a person of their independence and, in the worst case, can lead to fatal complications.
One of the simplest ways to prevent falls is to spot hazards before they trip someone up. Being in familiar surroundings can also help elderly people stay on their feet. In fact a person is three times more likely to fall in a care home than they are in their own home.