When you or a loved one needs an increased level of care, you still have the option to remain at home. You might be the daughter or son who has been helping mom or dad and things have just reached a point where you need a little help yourself. 24 hour home care means that a caregiver is available when needed, but that your loved one has the personal space and autonomy as if they were living alone.
Live-In is an option for families who need more care, however, live-in home care services are not as well understood as assisted living or nursing home options. When considering non-medical live-in help, we know you have a lot of questions. First, the referred caregiver can live in the home, provided that there is a separate bedroom. There are no additional charges for room and board for live-in care, but the cost of meals (or a meal stipend) are usually provided by the family or the referred caregiver can simply cook the meals for the client and dine alongside the family. Many caregivers have a driver’s license and own their own car to accompany your loved one to appointments and go grocery shopping. If you prefer, a caregiver can drive your car or theirs.
When considering the live-in care option, our clients are usually unaware how broad of services a non-medical caregiver can provide. It is typical for clients who are researching live-in care options to think they need a live-in nurse when most of the senior assistance needed is likely non-medical. These duties usually fall within the realm of a personal care assistant, tending to a senior’s homemaking, and companionship needs. Clients should consider having a non-medical caregiver / personal care aide scheduled for the basic activities of daily living versus having a higher priced live-in nurse present during the entire day.
Why Live-In Care?
Providing your loved ones with around-the-clock non-medical home care can also be a preventative way to avoid a nursing home. In fact, two of the biggest reasons older adults transition to Assisted Living Facilities are a result of medication prompts and fall risk concerns. Around-the-clock care for the elderly is very possible at your own home and having access to live-in help or a referred overnight caregiver can reduce the factors that might lead to a nursing home admission.
In addition to providing homemaking and companionship services, our live-in caregivers offer a number of personal care services, including:
- Skin care and make-up
- Continence care
- Dressing and grooming
- Personal hygiene
- Toileting assistance
- Range-of-motion assistance
- Transfer and ambulatory assistance
- Medication reminders