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The pros and cons of live in care

If you need extra support to maintain your quality of living but don’t want to give up your home or independence, live in care is an excellent option. Having someone move in with you is a big decision and you should consider it carefully before making a final decision. To help you make the right choice, we’ve put together a quick list of the pros and cons of live in care. 

The pros of live in care

Dedicated one-to-one care 

Engaging a live in carer means you’ll benefit from one-on-one care that’s personalised to your specific needs. So, for instance, if you suffer from dementia or have a particular mobility issue, you can enlist the help of a carer who has specialist knowledge in that area and therefore ensuring the care you receive is tailored to you. 

You get to stay in your own home

One of the main advantages of live in care is that you remain in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by your own belongings, precious memories, and familiar neighbourhood. 

The comfort of companionship 

A live in carer also offers companionship and the comfort of knowing there’s someone always around to help, something many older people can struggle to find. Not only will your professional carer support you in your everyday tasks, they can also help with hobbies and interests, encourage you to keep active and give you the confidence to keep living life as you wish. 

You can keep your pets

Most residential care homes do not accept pets which means when you move in, you have to say goodbye to your furry best friend. However, having a live in carer who likes animals means you can keep your pet and have help taking care of it. 

Relieve pressure on relationships with loved ones

While loved ones will happily help you out with your care needs, it can be time-consuming and stressful. Having a live in carer can help ease the pressure and improve the relationship between you, which means the time you spend together is relaxed and fun.  

Stay with your loved one

For many couples, the cost of live in care is significantly less than that of a residential home and it means they can stay together. In many cases, care homes have single bedrooms and if one of the couple has dementia, they are often separated from their partner. A live in carer ensures you can stay together for as long as possible. 

Cons of live in care

Finding the right person can take time

Of course, when you invite somebody into your home you need to make sure they are sympathetic to your values and lifestyle so it’s important to meet your carer before agreeing to anything. At Burley’s Home Care, we carefully match our clients with a carer and encourage you to spend time with them before moving in. 

You need to have the space

Live-in care workers need their own space so you will need at least one private bedroom for their exclusive use. This isn’t always possible if you have a small home or want to keep a spare room for when family and friends come to visit.

Catering to the needs of your carer

Like us all, your carer will need breaks, including holidays. This means you will need to find cover for them which may not be to the standard you’d expect. At Burley’s, we have a team of compassionate carers who we train to the highest level, so whenever your main carer is away, you can be sure of a friendly and fully capable replacement. 

Burley's Home Care is an award-winning home care agency providing services across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. If you'd like to discuss how we can help you or your loved one with live in care, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly team today on 01425 470411