The Pros And Cons Of Live-in Care

It is important to think about the pro’s and con’s of care before making any big decisions. Here we look at some basic pro’s and con’s of live-in care, also known as home care, to help you make an informed choice.

Live-in care is where a carer lives in a person’s home in order to meet the needs they have, such as help with medicine, getting dressed, washed and eating. It is also known as home care and the carer lives at the person’s home so that the person has help whenever they need it, 24/7.

Home care services are becoming a more and more popular alternative to an elderly care home or residential home. The Live-In Care Hub Better At Home Report shows that a huge 97% of people don’t want to move into residential care even if they get ill or they are less able to cope. Adult children do have the option to move the parent in with them, or move themselves in to care for their parent, but this isn’t practical for everyone for many, many reasons. So live-in care is a fantastic option when an elderly relative does finally need round the clock care. If it is something you are considering, it is definitely a good idea to think about the pro’s and con’s so as to arm yourself and your parent with all the relevant information to make an informed decision.

The Pro’s Of Live-in Care

  • There will be 100% dedicated in home care for your relative, ensuring that they have help at hand whenever they need it. They may have one live-in care worker or a team depending on their needs. Care workers are also likely to swap at times for time off from the job.
  • Your relative gets to benefit from staying in their home, which is comfortable and familiar to them. It is full of their things, near everything they know and it is a place that they feel safe in.
  • Everybody involved in your relatives care, including your relative, gets to feel reassured that there is help on offer if needed. Your relative also benefits from having somebody there to keep them company, and somebody who is able to monitor their health and happiness. Your relative will also have help keeping up with their hobbies and social life, which is so important for their wellbeing.
  • The parent to child relationship is able to continue without caring coming in between and challenging all involved.
  • Those working with your relative will be specially trained to deal with any specific needs they have, like dementia care.
  • Your relative gets to stay with their partner and pets which is invaluable to their wellbeing as noted in the No Place Like Home Report from the Live-In Care Hub.

The Con’s Of Live-in Care

  • It can be tricky to find the right person for the job. It isn’t a case of one person fits all. There are lots of things to consider, such as medical needs, emotional needs and training. Plus they need to have a connection with your relative.
  • A person may be less social because they live at home and they might not necessarily like that fact. They might want to be around people their own age all the time.
  • Financially, live-in care can be less expensive than an elderly care home, but it does depend on the individual circumstances. Clearly finances aren’t the key consideration when it comes to selecting the right care choice for a relative, but they can be a deciding factor in some scenarios.
  • Essentially there will be a stranger in constant contact with your relative and they might not really like that fact. If guidelines aren’t laid out effectively from the beginning, tensions may rise about living arrangements.
  • Care workers will have time off work, and if the right agency isn’t used then the standard of care may vary greatly between staff members, which could be problematic when the ‘better’ care worker has time off. In this scenario the priority would be to use an agency who vets their care workers extensively.

These are just some basic pro’s and con’s of live-in care, and it is so important to think about both the advantages and disadvantages before making any decisions. Home care services are certainly a preferable option for many people, and hopefully it can work well for your family like it does for many others.

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