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Finding yourself in the position where you are no longer able to cope with living independently is difficult. While there are a number of support and living options available, most people would prefer to remain in their own home. But this throws up the challenge of who will care for their needs on a day to day basis. It's not always possible for a family member to give up work to become their sole carer, and it can also be emotionally challenging for both parties.

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Varying support requirements

The type of support required by each care recipient will also differ, depending not only on the illness or disability with which they are living, but also their own personality as well as the type of property they live in. As such, family members or friends may not have the skills required to look after their loved one. Or perhaps you don’t have any family and have realised yourself that you can no longer cope in your own home without help.

But there is a solution which will allow you to stay in your own home, in surroundings which are familiar and comfortable. This will give family members and friends the peace of mind of knowing that you are well cared for, safe and have companionship.

Reputable in-home care providers such as Guardian can offer a range of live in options suitable for most individual’s needs and services can be matched to individual care recipients. Live in care can include practical as well as personal care. So, alongside help with bathing and dressing, you may choose to have meals prepared, laundry done or help with a hobby.

If maintaining an active social life is important to the care recipient, assistance can be provided to organise activities with family and friends or support them in getting to and from social events. Perhaps you only require a live in carer to provide companionship and ensure that you remain safe as opposed to providing any practical or personal care.

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Affordable care

Whatever the level or type of care required, in-home care providers can supply a tailored solution to suit most circumstances. And the costs may not be as high as you might imagine when you consider the peace of mind that everyone will have knowing that you are being cared for in your own home. And as an individual, you will be safe in the knowledge that there is someone there for you when you need them and that you can continue to enjoy your own familiar surroundings.

Reputable in-home care providers ensure that the staff they place are fully DBS checked and have first aid certification, as well as safeguarding experience. Interview processes for carers are rigorous and careful attention is made to matching carers with their recipients so that both parties are happy working and living together.

So, should the time come when additional support is required, a live in carer can provide a cost-effective and safe alternative to a care home.

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