Discover what carers do to enhance your relative's wellbeing
When the time comes to get professional help, the option for live-in care pops up again and again. It's expected considering staying in the comfort of our home and living independently is a priority. But your relation might be suffering from long-term health problems. Maybe a disability. An illness. The situation has become unmanageable. And your loved one's self-esteem is taking a knock. They could well be sliding towards depression.
Now you're looking at options. And this begs the question...
What is Live-In Care & How can it Help?
With live-in care, your loved one is able to receive personalised, one to one, assistance in their own home, 24-hours a day. While this adds to feelings of safety and comfort with the familiarity of their home, it also produces confidence and assurance and contributes to overall wellbeing. Plus, a trained professional providing live-in home care is there to offer twenty-four seven physical and emotional support. As a result, a caregiver living with your family member in their home ensures they uphold the highest quality of life possible.
With a Live-In Carer, your Loved One will...
Live out their natural desire to remain in the comfort and familiarity of their own home.
Gain the confidence and reassurance they need to continue living independently.
Be able to see friends and family and neighbours whenever they desire.
Receive support with their ability to complete daily functions. This increases personal freedoms and control, two important contributors to well-being.
Feel a sense of normality and personhood for being an individual.
Be free to come and go as they please.
Experience the selfless consideration from a carer towards their happiness, well-being and safety above anything else.
What a Live-In Carer does...
To provide the well-being your loved one deserves, a live-in caregiver covers various required areas. May it be everyday personal care or help with chores or errands to more complex duties. These services are tailored to specific needs. That's why a carer is matched to suit. That way we ensure all of your loved one's requirements are satisfied.
Nevertheless, as needs change over time, the services will inevitably change too.
Whatever the required service is, a caregiver living with your loved one makes it possible for them to complete daily functions. With support, your relative preserves their freedoms. Inevitably, they're happier having a carer continuously meeting their daily needs in different life areas.
In fact, they'll live with a carer who goes further than simply meeting your loved one’s daily needs. In the categories below, you can see what a live-in carer does to provide the highest quality of life possible.
If you want your family member to keep their independence... If you want them to enjoy life and improve their well-being, then live-in care can be an ideal solution. And then you'll rest assured that there's always somebody there for your loved one, day and night.
- Assistance with bathing and dressing while maintaining their dignity.
- Daily Hygiene - Washing their face and hair, bathing, brushing their teeth.
- Personal grooming - Applying body cream, brushing hair, filing nails, electric shave, soak and massage feet etc.
- Bringing together GP's, district nurse's and other healthcare professional's direction so that they synchronise.
- Ensuring any required medication is taken by regularly prompting them. If necessary, administering a designated dose of prescription(s).
- Ensuring any continence problems are supported.
- Monitoring of blood pressure, blood sugar, etc.
- Mobility support - Assisting their movement around their home and while they're outside.
- Specialist care for complex conditions.
Above all, a live-in carer is there to make sure your family member continues living with pride. With that said, their standard of self-respect can begin to slip as the tasks to reach their level become increasingly difficult to maintain. This is where a caregiver can help... The required personal assistance will be provided...
...They can help with personal hygiene and grooming and dressing while preserving their dignity.
The reason why we perform these regimens is not just for our health, even though that's important, it's because they make us feel good about ourselves - we have pride in our appearance - and others respond according to how we're presented.
For this reason, a carer is there to make sure your loved one's physical and mental health is not adversely impacted by improper hygiene and grooming. Their standards should not be lowered simply because they're finding life more difficult.
Not only this but while your family member is being washed and dressed or going to the toilet, the carer will keep them covered as much as possible with a dressing gown and/or towels. They'll do as much as possible to maintain their dignity.
Seeing that healthcare professionals are part of life, with appointments and advice and prescriptions and procedures often increasing, then the carer will coordinate the details and appointments. They will make sure any medication is taken. And because they're with your relative around-the-clock, they're in the best position to report any changes in health.
In fact, a professional live-in carer can perform clinical duties. For example, with the right training, a carer is able to ensure any continence problems are supported. They will take care of bladder or bowel issues by changing pads or a catheter or stoma pouch. Also, they can use equipment to monitor blood pressure, blood sugar, heart rate, and so on.
Furthermore, caregivers can provide a more complex care service. This could be due to a disability or chronic illness. Anything from multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy to dementia and Alzheimer's. That being the case, carers are training and experienced to give long-term specialist care.
Given that many illnesses restrict movement, a carer is there to assist. Your relation may be unsteady on their feet and require support. Therefore, they'll have a safety net while moving around their home and while they're outside. A carer is there to keep them safe.
In the event that your loved one needs physically moving, a carer is there to help. This might be because they're bedbound and prone to getting bed sores. So carers will frequently move your relative to prevent this from happening. Plus, carers can be on hand to hoist your family member from one place to the next.
In short, a live-in carer is there to help maintain personal standards, to make sure the correct healthcare is being administered, and to provide expert care for more serious health conditions.
- General housekeeping - regular chores such as light daily tidying, washing up, vacuuming and dusting.
- Laundry - washing, drying and ironing their clothes
- Garden maintenance such as watering, sweeping, raking and tidying.
- Preparing nutritious meals for their taste and dietary needs
- If they have a pet, a carer will help them provide care with walking and feeding
- Running necessary errands like collecting prescriptions or shopping for food
- Help with simple admin tasks such as paying bills
- There's always somebody on hand to answer the phone or the door while providing increased security.
Besides the personal care duties a caregiver will provide, they'll also help with daily tasks in and around the home. While a carer is not a substitute for a housekeeper or a cleaner or a gardener or a chef, however, they will take on light daily jobs. A carer will fill in the gap your loved one is unfortunately creating.
A live-in carer can help with general housekeeping. They will take on regular chores such as light daily tidying, washing up, vacuuming and dusting. They will change bed linen once a week. Do the laundry and ironing. And maybe give the garden a quick rake and tidy.
Their assistance extends further. Depending on your relative's needs, a home carer will help in the kitchen too. They'll even prepare healthy nutritious meals for your loved one's taste and dietary needs if they are unable to.
That being the case... being unable to do the things we take for granted can extend to our best friends... our pets. These loyal creatures provide joy and companionship in ways we don't fully understand. They open up a chemical pathway of stimulation and happiness. That's why animals are often used to therapeutically treat patients. In fact, it works both ways - for us and them too.
For this reason, it would be brutal to have to give them up because they can no longer be looked after. Nevertheless, your loved one can continue living with their beloved pets as a carer is there to help. A carer will help provide the care they need such as walking and feeding.
Plus, there are always errands to run. Maybe it's nipping out to the chemist to collect prescriptions or doing the weekly shop or just to pay the bills. These tasks can be fulfilled or accompanied by their carer. That way you'll know they are safe and not being taken advantage of while out of the house.
With that in mind, a carer acts as a "gatekeeper". They are there to answer the phone. The door... And any other correspondence to protect your family member from swindlers attempting to defraud or deceive them. A carer becomes a barrier to entry, a deterrent, to these characters, there by, giving you added peace of mind at this time.
All in all, a carer is there to aid your family member with the tasks they'd normally take on in and around the home.
- Helping them to get out and about - A carer is there to help arrange their activities.
- Their carer can enable them to see other parts of the world by assisting short breaks away to family holidays or even a tour of their dreams.
- Visits to the doctor, hospital, or to the dentist
- A carer can be there to support working or studying
More importantly, being part of society can give love, security, friendship and support. Sadly, this diminishes with age and illness. Getting out and about becomes challenging both physically and emotionally. With a live-in carer, your loved one is assisted and encouraged to maintain their relationships in the outside world.
Seeing that social independence is clearly necessary, a carer will arrange your loved one's activities. This could be shopping trips, going to the cinema, attending family or friend engagements, club events, or days out doing something fun. A live-in carer can enable all of this. They can even assist your family member to see other parts of the world... short breaks away or a family holiday or going on the tour they've always dreamt of.
Whatever it is they fancy doing, the important thing is that they spend time with people they know. Meet new people. Experience new and exciting things. Because we know how much this contributes to good health.[2,3,4]
Even down to the seemingly less significant appointments, such as arranging to see and going to visiting their GP, or dentist, or the hospital, boost a sense of independence. Likewise, some people require help to continue working or studying.
Given these points, a live-in caregiver is ready and able to assist your loved one with all of the aspects of living in a normal society.
Emotional & Mental Elevation
- There's always a positive perspective to help their mind, body and soul live well.
- Often carers become friends and companions. They share moments and memories and meals while providing emotional support.
- They provide social interaction by simply chatting, playing games, and enjoying music and TV together.
- There's an added sense of security when knowing someone is always there.
- Your loved one feels a greater sense of well-being being able to live as they always have
Equally important is mental health... a feature often ignored and misunderstood in the past. However, today we recognise the value of promoting good mental and emotional well-being.
With that said, a live-in carer is there to encourage healthy relationships. To support assertive positive behaviours. To help them recognise and regulate damaging responses. A caregiver ensures your loved one maintains good sleep hygiene, healthy eating, and fitness. All of which contribute to overall good emotional and mental health. Therefore, there's always a positive perspective to help their mind, body and soul live well.
Nevertheless, without appropriate care, it is not uncommon for your family member to feel lonely. Even though family and friends surround your loved one, along with the familiarity of their home. It might sound strange, but very true...
...Being in a situation where they need a carer, but don't yet have one in place, can contribute to feelings of isolation and effectively, loneliness. The health problems they now face makes life harder. They then feel they're missing out on life. They crave stronger connections with friends, family, or a partner. And in reality, they can't be as active as they used to. With that being the case, loneliness can creep in.
Consequently, your family member might then start to display negative feelings or sadness. These lonely symptoms could manifest by a lack of communication or relationships with other people.
But remember that feeling lonely isn't the same as being alone. Loneliness is not remedied with more people going to see your relative. In fact, quality social contact is what makes a difference. And bear in mind, loneliness can affect anyone of any age. Although, those in need of care are particularly vulnerable to feeling lonely.
Without appropriate action, these symptoms can spiral into depression. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, depression can affect 1 in 5 older people living in the community, and 2 in 5 living in care homes. Your loved one can begin to lose interest in life... lose their appetite... their confidence. They may begin to avoid people. Feel useless and a burden. They can begin to feel panicky and anxious.
Subsequently, excessive anxiety that hinders daily activities can lead to a variety of health problems and decrease everyday functions. Concerning this, a study from the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found more than a quarter of older adults with a care service have symptoms of anxiety that impact their functioning.
That's why first-class carers are there to bridge this care service gap. Often carers become friends and companions. They share moments and memories and meals while providing emotional support. It's the emergence of quality human contact while similar people are living together that alleviates negative thoughts and emotions.
With that being the case, a caregiver interacts with your loved one in the style and kind of entertainment they appreciate. This could be by simply chatting, playing games, or enjoying music and TV together.
Plus, a carer adds a sense of security for your family member knowing someone is always there. Whatever it is they need or the obstacles that get in the way can be overcome. This takes away any mental pressure they otherwise may feel. With that, your loved one feels a greater sense of well-being being able to live as they always have done.
Exceptional care. They discovered my mother's interests to developed a relationship. Then experience them together making her life more entertaining.
We're really happy with the care. Live-in care has made an impact. Our mum interacts more. Goes out and chats with people in the community. Overall, she's happier.
Just wonderful care. Home care has given me a purpose, dreams, and the desire to plan out my coming days. Now, I look forward to things to come.
Superb care and attention. They do everything for my dad. I don’t know what I'd do without live-in care. They give him a much healthier life.
We're amazed by such selfless and devoted care. My wife's every need was catered for with loving hands by someone trustworthy.
Carer lights up life. I'm really grateful. My dad's life has been transformed. His spirits are high from the professional and fun care. He enjoys the company and outings. Thank you.
Somehow just saying thank you doesn't seem like enough. But I hope you know how much your thoughtfulness has meant to me.
Patient, calm, and funny. Mum's left in good hands. She's always happy dancing and joking around. They've become good friends.
Who is suitable for 24-hour live-in care?
Once a requirement for permanent care is established, the person in need can be in multiple situations. Your loved one may or may not be elderly... They may be young. They may simply require companionship... assistance... or more advanced care.
We Deliver a Range of Live-In Care Services
Our highly trained - experienced live-in carers are prepared for a range conditions, including specialist care for complex conditions...
Companion Support for mobility, home help, social activity, etc.
Personal Care Assistance to continue living with pride.
Advanced Complex Care such as Dementia, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, disease recovery, palliative care.
Special Needs Care solutions for people with learning disabilities.
Disability Care support for physical disabilities
Care for Young Adults covering companion support to complex and disability care.
Your loved one may need ongoing professional live-in care if they are suffering physical problems. This could be issues with moving around or with tasks becoming increasingly difficult. For whatever reason, their mobility has become compromised or they've become week. Now they need companion support in different aspects of life, such as maintaining their home, remaining socially active, and getting out and about.
While a domiciliary care service is suitable for your family member if they require consistent personal care assistance. If they now require somebody else to wash and dress them... to complete their hygiene and grooming treatments, to perform their daily tasks and provide what they need on top of running the home and their diary... then home care is likely needed.
Also, if your loved one is suffering from a disease and its symptoms then expert long-term 24-hour care may be fitting. This could be the result of chronic illness, disabilities or following hospital treatment. It could be due to dementia, multiple sclerosis, heart disease to name a few. Whatever their condition, advanced complex care can be in place to continuously help and support all of their needs with an understanding of their limitations and what they're going through.
On the whole, anyone that needs specialist day-to-day support to continue living in their own home will benefit from live-in care. With first-class carers and their experience, training, skills and a refusal to lower standards, be assured that your relative is well cared for.