Live-in care, quite simply, is for anybody who wishes to remain independent in their own home, but requires basic care right through to complex nursing-led support to do so. In this way, you can choose to remain at home even when you need 24-hour live in support for a long-term condition, illness or disability. Live-in care is provided by carers who live with you on a full-time basis, providing peace of mind to your family and a quality one-to-one relationship, helping you to do all the things you cannot do for yourself.Furthermore, if you are a couple, live-in care can allow you to remain living together in an environment that you are both familiar and comfortable in, whilst receiving the individual care and assistance you both require depending on your differing care needs. It can also allow you to keep your pets and belongings which, with their familiarity and memories, also provide comfort and security.
Live in care services include:
Support around the home:Cleaning, changing bed linen and towels, laundry and ironing, shopping for weekly groceries, help with meal preparation and managing bill payments.
Personal care:Dressing and undressing, washing and bathing, shaving, assistance with hair and makeup, nail care, continence care and support with prescribed medication.
Companionship:Conversation, encouraging contact with family and friends, help with reading and keeping up correspondence, accompanying on holidays, day trips or short breaks.
Fulfilling lives:Encouraging and supporting hobbies and interests at home or in the local community, encouraging exercise, accompanying people on visits (including day centres or other community day activities), and accompanying people on doctor’s appointments.
Sante Care at Home Staff will have the skills to work with people who are disabled or who have conditions such as dementia
Some of the benifits of Live in care include:
Useful Equipment and Adaptations
There are different types of technology that can be used to support people of any age with a range of needs in their homes. Perhaps the most well-known technology in the UK is telecare, which is particularly helpful if you are living at home with limited mobility or disabilities or if you are living with long term conditions, including dementia.
Telecare generally describes systems that monitor certain aspects of your life or home and trigger a warning to a response centre when something has gone wrong. For example, ‘life lines’ or ‘pendant alarms’ may be triggered if you are in distress (such as if you are unwell or have fallen) prompting a response either from the Response Centre or the emergency services. Technology is evolving all the time and ranges from the more common telecare ‘call for help’ alarm systems to movement sensors.