The benefits of live-in care.
For most people, whether elderly, frail or suffering from chronic or disabling conditions, there really is no place like home. According to a nationally representative sample of 2,000 adults (aged 18-75) surveyed by One Poll in July 2014, around 97% of older people in the UK don’t want to move into residential care, away from familiar surroundings, friends, family and pets.
Live-in care allows people to stay in their own familiar surroundings with the very highest standards of bespoke, professional care. As well as essential support – washing, dressing, preparing meals and help with medication – live-in care provides housekeeping and companionship. It can also help you to enjoy some of the simple things in life things in life, such as having friends or family over for lunch or tea or baking a cake.
Moving to the unfamiliar surroundings of a residential care home can be upsetting, depressing and – for some of the more vulnerable people – frightening and stressful. With live-in care there are no rigid rules or timetables and each day is planned around you, providing both a sense of independence and dignity for you and total peace of mind for your family.
There is strong evidence that close, constant and considered care has a far more beneficial effect for the vast majority of people. Moving into residential care often means leaving a partner, moving away from friends or giving up a beloved pet. Compare this with being able to stay in your own home, eating your favourite meals when you want them, snuggling up with your cat or being taken out for a countryside drive and it’s plain to see the benefits.
Regarding the costs, there is often little to choose between full-time residential care and permanent live-in care. In fact, where couples are looked after together they’ll have just a slight increase (for a couple) rather than being charged as two separate people.
Live-in care can offer:
- The comfort and security of familiar surroundings
- Independence and freedom
- Peace of mind for you and for your family
- Bespoke, personal, continuous care provision
- Consistent companionship
- Couples and partners can continue to live together
- Avoids the stress of moving
- Retain association with neighbours and local community
- Keep much-loved pets
- Continued enjoyment of your garden
- Relief from the burden of domestic chores
- Lifestyle freedom such as dietary choice, daily schedules and television viewing
- Relatives and friends can visit at any time
- Much reduced risk of loneliness, vulnerability, insecurity and depression
- Immediate responses to any emergency such as falls or accidents in the home
- Increased sense of well-being and fulfilment