By Alison Wood, Contributing Writer
If you are considering care options for an older adult, you might look at residential care initially, thinking it’s the only option for your loved one.
However, the good news is there is an important alternative to consider: Live-in home care — having a caregiver provide assistance in the home 24 hours a day, seven days a week— is an option you’ll want to explore. In this article, we are going to examine its advantages.
Live-in care isn’t all or nothing, nor forever. With the 24/7 live-in care, you have complete flexibility. As an example, maybe your loved one only needs full-time care for a short period of time, due to an illness or after an operation. Alternatively, perhaps you need the option of full-time care only while you, as the regular caregiver, are away on vacation or sick. With live-in care, you can pick and choose when you need it, and therefore, only pay for the services you require. In some cases, such as with Care & Comfort at Home, 24-hour care might be arranged with little notice, which can help you as a family plan for unexpected events and situations.
Another benefit of having a live-in caregiver is that seniors can stay in their own home, surrounded by the familiar things they love and the memories they cherish. Home is where we feel safest, and most seniors will feel much better in surroundings they know and enjoy. This can be particularly beneficial to older adults whose routines are very important to them. It also means they can continue with any hobbies or activities that they love to do.
Live-in care is also a way for partners to remain together. Rather than one person needing to live in residential care, while the other remains at home, or both having to live in separate residential facilities, a couple can stay together, right at home.
Pets are welcome
In line with the benefits of staying in familiar surroundings, being able to stay at home means not being separated from any beloved pets. There are many health and wellbeing benefits of living with a pet. For seniors particularly, the companionship pets bring can guard against loneliness. Many seniors worry about what will become of their pets if something happens to them. In many cases, a pet will have to put up for adoption if the senior needs to go into a care facility. With someone providing 24/7 in-home care, they can remain together. This is great news for both the older adult and the pet.
Sense of community
When someone can remain in his or her own home, it becomes easier to retain a sense of community. Friends and family can visit whenever they wish to do so. Neighbors can drop by, and the senior can still attend local events and activities.
For most seniors, retaining a sense of independence is very important. This independence is much easier to maintain when seniors continue to live in their own home. Yes, they do so by having additional help, but ultimately they have full control over what they do and at what time.
Older adults can find life very lonely. Fortunately, one of the main benefits of live-in care is companionship. Practical help is, of course, important, but it’s also nice to have someone with whom you can chat and do activities.
Support where and when it’s needed
Live-in care can be very customized, as it’s catered to the individual. It can also cover a wide range of needs, such as meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry, running errands, personal care (including grooming, showering, dressing, feeding), toilet assistance, medication reminders, and transportation. However, not all of these services will be needed by everyone. Therefore, you and the care provider can create care plan with a menu of services that would work best for your loved one.
Reassurance for family members
Having 24/7 live-in care in place for an older adult can be very reassuring for the senior’s family members. You can feel confident in knowing that your loved one is being well-cared for in their own home, that they have companionship, and that someone can respond to his or her needs, especially if there should be a medical emergency. Falls are a risk factor for seniors, and knowing that someone is on hand to minimize that risk and take action should a fall occur can be very reassuring.
Find out more!
If you feel that 24/7 live-in care might be right option for your loved one, on either a full-time or respite-care basis, then contact us at Care & Comfort at Home. You’ll receive a FREE in-home consultation that will help you have a better understanding of the services we provide. Click here or call 630-333-9262 to book your consultation today!