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It is really difficult and stressful for almost all elderly men and women when they start to feel they are unable to manage by themselves anymore and the anxiety about having to leave their own home and move into a residential home. At Total Living Care, we know that moving into a residential care home usually takes them away from their friends and their local community, leaving them feeling they have lost themselves and their independence.
It’s also a tough time for family and friends as the difficulties of looking after an older loved one takes them away from their work and very own immediate family along with them having to be concerned that their loved one is ok 24 hours of the day. As a member of the family gets older you want to enjoy the time you have with them rather than preparing food, cleaning, washing, running errands and getting them to appointments. Often people don’t think about the choice of having a carer coming into their relative’s residence to help them a couple of hours a day, full time or actually living in with them to avoid them from going into a care home as they believe the price might be an excessive amount. This isn’t always the case and Total Living Care can help you establish this.
Looking for care services in Cheltenham?
Total Living Care is your local care agency. We provide home and live-in care services in Cheltenham and the surrounding counties. Have a look at our full range of services and see how we ensure they live well in their best environment… at home.
Exactly What is Live-in Care?
Live-in care Cheltenham – Living with you in your home and supporting your normal day-to-day activities, and being on call at night are the primary duties of our fully trained Carers, providing live-in care in the Cheltenham region. It is really an alternative option to going into a residential care home and lets you maintain independence and continue to live in the comfort and familiar surroundings of your house.
It could be as elementary as encouraging or performing tasks around the house, assisting you with personal care or providing reassurance and assistance to assist you to move around your house.
In able to meet your every single need, the care worker will reside in your home together with you. The peace of mind of a trustworthy companion on hand that will help throughout the day and night. We have care workers that will live-in on a long-term basis and others who work a rota system.
For people with long-term health problems, live-in care is an ever more common replacement for moving into a residential care home.
If we had the choice, the majority of us would prefer, with just a little support, to stay in our own home. However, if the need arises, we often assume that a care home is the only option when that support becomes necessary.
A live-in carer will be trained to meet the changing needs of their client, so for many people, it permits them to continue to live in their own property, in the local community and amongst friends.
Our working experience tells us that having independence and options is really important to keep up both happiness and health.
Live-in care preserves that independence allows the choice to live in comfortable surroundings and permits you to live life the way you wish. With the constant assistance of your live-in care worker, residing at home is the best replacement for a residential care home.
Who Can Total Living Care Help?
The services supplied by Total Living Care and the support given by every single care worker is constructed around the requirements of the client.
A “one size fits all” service simply will not provide you with the respite, part-time or full-time care that would ensure the perfect live-in support. This is why we look to partner a carer, dependant on their experience, qualifications and training, their interests and hobbies with the life experiences, personality, hobbies and interests of the client.
Total Living Care team members can help people suffering from:
- Terminal Conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Mobility Issues
- Parkinson’s Disease
We can offer assistance with daily activities and personal care, in a dignified way, allowing you to preserve an independent and active as possible way of living. Regardless of your age or medical conditions, we can help and support you to get the highest quality of life, in the familiar and comfortable surrounds of your home.
Generally, What Activities Will Live-in Carers Do?
As mentioned before, the service and support provided to each and every client differs and based on the requirements.
A care assessment, along with your opinion and choices, will ultimately determine the amount of care and the day to day activities you require to be carried out. Numerous customers request our care worker to undertake duties including:
- Preparing and Cooking Meals
- Running Errands( for example shopping for food, fetching a prescription)
- House Cleaning and light household chores
- Social Activities and Trips Out ( Hairdressers, Friends, Doctors)
- Administration of Household Bills
- Management and Administration of Medication
- Sustaining Personal Hygiene and Bathing
- Caring for Pets
- Dressing and Undressing
- Moving Around the house
Who Might Live-in Care Suit?
Part-Time Live-In Care
Part-time live-in care is great for people who need some assistance so that you can carry on living at home, as an alternative to entering into a residential care home.
Full-Time Live-In Care
Full-time live-in care can be important for people coping with medical conditions, such as dementia, where the familiar environment of home and the continuity of a daily schedule are reassuring and enhance the quality of life.
Short-term live-in care can provide full or part-time support for a specified period of time. Ideal for anyone who has recently had a fall, or a hospital stay or just a little low on confidence.
Respite Live-In Care
Respite live-in care offers full-time carers an opportunity for downtime and to enjoy some breathing space, safe in the knowledge that your loved one or member of the family is in good hands and their requirements are being fulfilled.
24-hour live-in care in Cheltenham, from the comfort of our home.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Live-in Care
The advantages of having a live-in care worker
- Personalised and committed one-to-one care by a highly trained and experienced Care Worker, with a very similar character and outlook on life.
- Lets people enjoy an entirely familiar surrounding, filled with their cherished possessions, by staying in their own home. A recent study (executed by Consultas Care) reported that 97 Percent of those who replied would not want to move into a care home. Whilst residential care can offer a beneficial service, most people prefer to stay in their own home if they can
- Reassurance for the client, their friends and neighbours and family members that experienced and fully trained hands are available to support. Live-in care decreases the feelings of being isolated as well as being lonely by providing companionship. A live-in care worker can strongly encourage and support the continued activities of interests and hobbies. Live-in care, being at home and a feeling of continued independence have a positive effect on individual happiness, dignity, confidence and well-being.
- A live-in care worker can help care for a pet that may otherwise need to be rehoused.
- A live-in carer means that a family member does not need to become a full-time care worker. Members of the family can be assured that their loved one gets the most beneficial care and attention.
- If travel is still possible, a full-time carer could accompany a client on a break.
- Live-in carers will be matched in accordance with expertise and experience meaning they are specifically trained to manage and support Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, strokes, MS or those requiring palliative care.
- For couples, a live-in care worker is capable of supporting both and enables partners to remain together. If one care worker can support both people, this has a financial advantage compared to two sets of fees in a residential care home. This is especially advantageous if one particular person has dementia or requires additional support that would mean living in separate residential care homes.
The disadvantages of having a live-in care worker
- Except If using a professional company such as Total Living Care, selecting the right care worker, who’s fully trained and understands what’s needed to provide exceptional live-in care, could be a struggle.
- Some people take pleasure in the social life of being in a residential care home, the relief of not having to deal with their own house or responsibility of controlling their affairs. Giving up some of their personal privacy, but enjoying the opportunity to be continuously in contact with others.
- While a live-in carer cost is often less than the cost of a residential home, it is not cheap to have care workers available 24-hours a day, on the other hand, depending on eligibility, personal budgets and direct payments mean it is possible for care to be state-funded.
- A live-in care worker will require a private room within the property
- Not everyone is comfortable with having an unfamiliar person residing in the home or maybe they are used to living on their own. Although in our experience, the care worker quickly becomes a companion rather than a stranger, plus the support and help soon outweigh the desire to live alone, or the alternative of the residential home.
- Care workers have to have breaks and holidays and spend time with their own families, unless dealing with a company that provides a completely managed solution, such as Total Living Care, it could be a problem to find short-term cover.
The best way to Arrange 24-Hour Live-in Care
Firstly, put some thoughts to your personal preferences for the care worker
- What expertise or specialist training would they need?
- Is there a personal preference for female or male care worker?
- Do they need to drive?
- Do they need to like cats or dogs?
- What hobbies or likes and dislikes would make a good match up?