What To Know Before You Go Looking For A Live-in Caregiver

What To Know Before You Go Looking For A Live-in Caregiver

 

Are you looking for a live-in caregiver? Live-in care can be a great way to ensure you or an elderly loved one can remain safe and healthy in their own home. Here’s what you should know before you go looking for a live-in caregiver.

In-home care means seniors can “age in place”. Seniors generally don’t have to move into senior care facilities if they don’t want to. But what if a senior needs access to around-the-clock care? That’s when you should look for a live-in caregiver.

Some seniors and their families equate senior care with senior care facilities. This is problematic because often the biggest barrier to a senior receiving care is the fact that they don’t want to leave their homes. And who can blame them? Your home is where you’re supposed to feel safe. And if you’ve lived there for some time, then of course you’ve become attached to it. That’s why in-home care is so much more appealing to many seniors.

 In-home care consists of caregivers coming to visit seniors (although not always seniors) in their homes and providing them with care. This could be personal care, homemaking services, or companion care. Personal care is most of the care that those looking for a live-in caregiver need. Personal care helps seniors with the Activities of Daily Living, such as bathing, grooming, eating, toileting, and mobility. In-home care helps many seniors who need this type of assistance. But some seniors need more than a few visits a week or even daily visits. Some seniors need so much personal care that they either require a live-in caregiver or they must move into a care facility?

What are the pros and cons of senior care facilities and live-in care? How do you know if you should be looking for a live-in caregiver?

When an elderly loved one requires around-the-clock care, many families assume a care facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living community, is the only option. This is not true. While many senior care facilities are great and many seniors get the care they need there, other seniors would be much happier remaining home. And they can remain home with a live-in caregiver.

 Live-in care will, understandably, cost more than daily visits from a caregiver. And you need to have the right house for it. Live-in caregivers need their own room and freedom to live their lives. Yes, they will be there every day and can assist in case of an emergency, but they are still human beings who live their own lives. But the rates are still quite reasonable. Consider that moving into a care facility requires rents and fees to keep the whole facility running. With live-in care you need only pay for the care you receive. And, of course, the senior in question gets to remain in their home. Senior care facilities are sometimes unfairly portrayed as drab and depressing places. But when a senior moves into such a community, they usually expect it to be the last move they ever make. That’s often quite a bit more depressing than getting to stay in their beloved homes.

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