When it comes to ensuring the well-being, safety and happiness of our elderly loved ones, the decision between live-in care and a care home is significant. Live-in care is increasingly becoming the preferred choice for many families due to its unique advantages that prioritise comfort, encourage independence, and provide 1-1, personalised care. I have been delving into the possibilities and making comparisons when it comes to elderly care, and I’ve got a list of five really strong reasons why live-in care comes out on top as the best choice.
receive 24 hour Care in your own home
Live-in care provides the reassurance of around-the-clock care without your loved ones leaving the comforts of their own home. This continuous care ensures that your family member is safe and attended to, day and night. The familiarity of their own bedroom, bathroom and living spaces can significantly reduce stress and anxiety, especially for those with cognitive conditions. A care home can often feel unfamiliar and unfamiliarity can lead to discomfort and unease, which can be challenging for elderly individuals who prefer the familiarity of their own homes.
Decide when and what you want to eat
In a live-in care arrangement, your loved ones can enjoy the freedom to choose when and what they want to eat each day. There’s no set meal schedule or limited food menu. Whether they crave a full english breakfast first thing in the morning or a late night snack of tea and toast, their preferences are honoured and respected by their live-in carer who we encourage to refer to the eating well guide to make sure vitamin requirements are met. In a care home, residents may have limited choice over their meal times and food choices, which can be frustrating for those used to enjoying the freedom to eat when and what they desire at home.
1-1 Care from a Dedicated Carer
Undoubtedly, one of the most significant advantages of live-in care is the unparalleled level of attention received daily . Your loved ones will have a dedicated carer, offering one-on-one care and companionship. This personalised care ensures that their unique needs, preferences, and health requirements are the sole focus, forming a trusting and supportive relationship. One of the key downsides of not receiving live-in care is that crucial details may be overlooked in the transition between staff shifts. When many residents are attended to simultaneously, there’s a higher likelihood of important information or specific needs being missed during a handover.
Maintain Your Routines and Lifestyle
Perhaps one of the most valuable benefits of live-in care is the freedom of routines and lifestyle. Your loved ones can continue to follow their daily routines, hobbies, and activities as they always have. This sense of familiarity contributes to their emotional well-being, self-esteem, and quality of life. Life in a care home can sometimes restrict a residents ability to make choices about their day which may lead to a sense of restricted freedom and can be quite disheartening.
No limitations on visits from family and friends
A live-in carer promotes social well-being by allowing your elderly loved ones to receive visits from family and friends without limitations or restrictive visiting hours. A live-in carer can quickly feel like part of the family allowing a loved one to maintain relationships, celebrate special occasions, and share meaningful moments in the warmth of their own home. With a live-in carer in the home, family members can visit without strict visiting hours. This arrangement also allows direct updates from the carer, creating a strong connection between the family and their loved one. Unfortunately care homes often impose visitor limitations and set visiting hours, which can lead to a feeling of loneliness and abandonment.
When making the hard choice between live-in care and care homes, the advantages of choosing the live-in care truly stand out. Live-in care empowers your elderly loved ones with the freedom to decide when and what they want to eat, offers one-on-one care from a dedicated carer, provides 24-hour care in the comfort of their own home, welcomes unlimited visits from family and friends, and preserves their cherished routines and lifestyle.
By opting for live-in care, you’re not just ensuring their physical needs are met but also nurturing their emotional well-being. Ultimately, live-in care is all about putting your loved ones’ happiness and comfort first. It’s the top choice in providing loved ones with high quality care and allows them to keep their heart right where it belongs – at home.