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The benefits of live-in care at home

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A lot of people are asking ‘What is live-in care?’. We have collated all the information you need to know about live-in care if you are considering this option for your or a loved one at home. Live-in care is the most comprehensive type of care out there and it comes with many benefits.

Why is live-in care beneficial for me?

Live-in care consists of a carer coming to live in your home. The fact that you have so many options of live-in care is very beneficial. You can hire live-in carers to work for you for a temporary period of time or permanently. The latter will enable you to build a relationship with the live-in carer, which will allow for a better understanding of your needs and requirements. You and your live-in carer will also be able to form a close relationship.

A live-in carer, whether temporary or permanent, may live in your home for as much as you need them to. You may only need a part-time live-in carer, for example only for 3 days or you may be needing a full-time live-in carer for 6 to 7 days. While your live-in carer will be there to assist you 24 hours per day, it is recommended that they get 2 hours for themselves every day.

Live-in carers are there to look after you whenever you need them. If you are considering getting a live-in carer you have to bear in mind that they will need their own room. Live-in care is the ideal option if you can accommodate a live-in carer overnight.

As mentioned before, live-in care is very beneficial to you because they will be there for you and your every need. They will be there for you when you wake up in the morning and when you go to sleep. Live-in carers can also offer families peace of mind, knowing that they are there during the night and no accidents can happen under their watch.

A live-in carer will be there for you in case of emergency, being trained in First Aid and also able to solve any problems as they arise. Live-in carers can also assure your safety and security, keeping an eye on locks on doors and windows.

How can a live-in carer support me?

A live-in carer can support you at home in many ways. Their main duty is to support your health and well-being, as well as help with housekeeping chores around the home and meal preparation.

While they will help you with other duties, their main duty is you. Live-in carers can monitor your health on a daily basis, checking your temperature and other vitals if needed, as well as remind you to take our medicine. They can support your physiotherapy exercises, making sure you keep active by engaging in physical activity suitable for you.

Live-in carers can also accompany you to doctor appointments or join you in the hospital if you need to undergo a surgery for example. Live-in carers can also be vetted to liaise with nurses and doctors. They can also pick up your prescriptions from the pharmacy.

If you need other errands to be taken care of, your live-in carer can make sure of that. They can go to the post office, go to the bank or do the grocery shopping, just to name a few. They may also take care of home administration, helping you send emails and letters or communicate with different companies for example.

Live-in carers may also help with all aspects of personal care if that is something you need. They can help with your morning and nighttime routine as well. Our live-in carers have very high standards for neatness and cleanliness.

What are the benefits of live-in care?

Live-in care is the most comprehensive type of care. Live-in care covers absolutely all your needs and requirements. The live-in care that Guardian Carers provide is tailor-made for you. There is no type of live-in care which applies to everyone. Our live-in care is specifically designed for you.

The fact that you have a carer living in your home day and night is the utmost benefit in terms of safety and security. As stated above, live-in carers can be there for you in case of emergency and may be able to prevent slips and falls, for example.

A major benefit of live-in care and one of the main reasons why so many people are now choosing it is that it enables you to be independent. At Guardian Carers we champion independence at home. The purpose of live-in care is to allow you to live as independently as possible, with the added support of a live-in carer to attend to your everyday needs.

More than this, by remaining independently at home, you have the freedom to choose how you want to spend your time, while if you were to move into residential care you would have to adhere to a daily schedule. But by hiring live-in care, you decide whether you want to go to the park and when and if you want to go see a play or visit a best friend.

By hiring live-in care you can remain in the home you love and cherish, near your family and friends and all the people that you love. Being in your familiar environment, in a home full of memories will allow you to live your golden years to the fullest.

While taking care of your health and wellbeing and running errands for you, your live-in carer can also do any housekeeping chores you may require, so that you continue to enjoy your independence, doing the things you love.

A live-in carer from Guardian Carers will be the best addition to your home. Besides being there for you whenever you may need them to, your live-in carer may even become a close member of your family.

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