Live-in care: What you need to know
Live-in care is a specialised form of care giving, where a dedicated caregiver resides with you in your home, providing round-the-clock support tailored to your specific needs. This arrangement is designed to help you maintain your independence and quality of life, all within the comfort of your own environment. A live-in carer typically requires their own private bedroom, providing them with a space for rest, relaxation and personal privacy when they are off-duty. Live-in care can be provided by carers or registered nurses.
Key features of live-in care:
- Personalised Support: A live-in carer offers one-on-one care that is tailored to your individual requirements. This can include assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication management and mobility support.
- Companionship: Beyond practical assistance, live-in carers are companions who engage in meaningful conversations, provide emotional support and partake in activities that you enjoy.
- Home Comfort: You can remain in the familiarity and comfort of your own home. which often leads to a higher sense of well-being and contentment.
- Meal Preparation: This is a significant aspect of live-in care. The carer will assist with menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking, ensuring that dietary needs and preferences are met.
- Bonding Opportunities: Shared meals and activities provide wonderful opportunities to build a strong and trusting relationship between you and your live-in carer.
- Flexibility: The care plan can be adapted as your needs change over time. This ensures that you receive the right level of support at every stage of your journey.
With live-in care, the client is usually responsible for providing food for the carer. Typically, this can be integrated into the regular grocery shopping, meaning that a meal for one becomes a meal for two. However, in cases where either you or your carer has special dietary requirements, a food allowance (suggested minimum £50 per week) may be agreed upon to help facilitate this.
Getting started for live-in care with Draycott:
We offer a clear, person-centred process for clients requiring live-in care.
- Initial Assessment: Draycott conducts an initial nurse assessment to understand your specific needs, preferences and any medical conditions that require attention.
- Matching Process: Based on the assessment, a suitable live-in carer with the right skills, experience and personality traits will be selected.
- Care Plan Development: A personalised care plan will be established, outlining the services to be provided and the schedule that suits you best.
- Continuous Communication: Regular check-ins with both you and the carer will be scheduled to monitor progress and address any concerns.
- Flexibility and Adaptability: The care plan can be adjusted as needed to accommodate changes in your health, preferences, or circumstances.
- Fully Managed Service: All care packages include a fully managed service with exceptionally trained carers and nurses.
- Care Co-ordinator: A dedicated care co-ordinator is provided to support and manage care packages.
- Emergency Support: All care packages with Draycott Nursing and Care come with 24/7 emergency support.