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24 hour live in care – Why live-in care could be good for you

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The saying, ‘Home is where the heart is’ is never truer than when we reach old age. The likelihood is that if you are in your later years, you may well have been in your current home for a long time and it holds many treasured memories.

If this is the case for you, then being forced to leave all of that behind to receive care in a more traditional care home setting will be the last thing you and your family will want. This is where 24 hour live in care offers so many advantages. It allows you to stay in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by familiar and beloved belongings while at the same time receiving all of the personal care you need.

Home is where the heart is

Maintaining independence

Being able to receive care in your own home will inevitably help you to maintain your level of independence for as long as possible.

Unlike living in a care or nursing home, a carer will fit around your own personal requirements. You will not need to change your normal home routine and they will be happy to help with whatever you wish. This could include taking you to appointments or social gatherings as well as looking after the housekeeping, going shopping and preparing meals. Such a personal level of care means you can live as independently as you wish, safe in the knowledge that your carer is on hand to help with any elements of day to day living you may need.

If you are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, having to move away from home in order to receive care can be a confusing and upsetting experience. This negative effect on mental health and well-being can be avoided with a live in carer, who can also offer peace of mind to friends and relatives that you will always have companionship and a professional nearby to care for you as your need increases.

Home is where the heart is

Bespoke and personal care

Of course, the advantages of live-in care can also apply if you are not living with dementia, but simply need help with some of the more general challenges of life. Loss of mobility can quickly lead to frustration and - if this affects how you can get out and about - isolation can soon follow.

Receiving live in care through a reputable agency such as Guardian Carers means you can stay local to all of the social gatherings you enjoy, and your carer can help you retain your freedom by taking you to meet with friends and family, assisting you with hobbies or simply offering you companionship.

A very close relationship will be built with your live in carer. They will be closely matched to your individual needs, ensuring you have a carer with whom you are comfortable in your home and who can become a functional part of your household.

24 hour live in care is a great personal care option for people wanting to remain at home and offers a cost-efficient, credible alternative solution to traditional care home care.

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