The role of your live-in carer.
The principal role of a Horizon Live-in carer is to enable the person – or people – in need of care to continue to enjoy an independent, reassuring and secure life within the familiar comfort of their own home. When a condition leaves a person struggling with day-to-day living and everyday chores, a live-in carer can provide reassuring continuity and reliable normality. A carer’s role will vary to best suit the individual needs of the person they care for and, as needs changes, so does the role of the carer.
Our live-in carer enables the person to continue to live their life in as much comfort and freedom as their condition allows. It means they can stay in their own surroundings, maintain contact with neighbours, friends and family and stay close to any pets. As well as being fully professional, our live-in carers are homemakers too; they are all as house proud as the people whose homes they live in and are completely competent in the kitchen, able to prepare fresh, wholesome meals for your health and constitution.
The personal care duties performed by a live-in carer include bathing, washing, dressing, assisting with personal and oral hygiene, toileting and help with personal appearance, such as applying make-up, shaving and hair cutting/styling.
A suitably trained and qualified live-in carer can provide specialist care to individuals with long-term medical conditions, whilst additionally offering emotional support and reassurance to their family. Clinical tasks such as dressing wounds, administering injections, managing catheters and managing PEG feeds, can be clinically delegated by a healthcare professional to a suitably trained and qualified professional carer. Live-in carers will liaise directly with medical professionals to organise appointments and provide information to the patient and they are ideally placed to provide feedback on a patient’s condition due to their close relationship with the person they are caring for.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care
Dementia care requires an ability to see the world from the perspective of the person and to establish a way of communication, such as making use of older memories, understanding behavioural expressions and anticipating stressful episodes. A live-in carer can provide the specialist care and assistance required to look after a person with dementia, providing them with companionship and routine whilst preserving their independence and dignity. A live-in carer may help a person with bathing and personal care, assistance with mobility, administering medication and nutritional needs.
Dietary and nutritional needs
A balanced, nutritious diet and adequate hydration are essential for health and wellbeing but certain medical conditions result in a reduced appetite or a person requiring assistance with eating and drinking. A live-in carer can make sure that you or your loved one are getting enough to eat and help nutritional requirements by preparing healthy and nutritious meals suitable for particular dietary requirements. A home cooked meal, prepared to your personal preferences, served in your home, in good company, can do wonders for one’s sense of wellbeing.
Companionship and support
In cases where family or friends are often – or always – unable to visit, a live-in carer can be a best friend to the person receiving care. Simply having someone on hand to chat with can improve their happiness and quality of life immeasurably and one of the most important and valued aspects of a live-in carer’s role is the provision of companionship and support. Sharing quality time with an understanding and caring friend is both comforting and therapeutic and a live-in carer can become a trusted companion with whom to enjoy recreational trips out, take short breaks with, share a hobby with or simply someone to relax and chat with over a cup of tea.
Security and peace of mind
When someone is in rehabilitation or struggling with a condition, they can often feel at their most vulnerable, with physically and mentally. A feeling of defencelessness can make even the smallest noises in and around the home seem more threatening. Live-in carers give those they care for – as well as their families and loved ones – security and peace of mind. The knowledge that a fully-trained, compassionate and trustworthy live-in carer is always around to ensure continued wellbeing and safety, and who can respond quickly and appropriately in the event of an emergency is hugely reassuring.
Lightening the load of everyday domestic tasks
Live-in carers can carry out a wide range of domestic tasks to enable a person requiring care to relax in a home that is clean, comfortable and secure. The everyday services that a live-in carer might provide include, but are not limited to:
- Cleaning and tidying the house
- Washing dishes
- Cleaning and changing bed linen
- Laundering and ironing clothes
- Meal preparation
- Arranging trips out
- Help with simple administration such as paying bills
- Pet care