A brief introduction of our live-in care service
For the majority of us, the majority of our time is spent creating memories at home. Thoughts of leaving that very place for homecare or a nursing home are concerning, especially when faced with reduced independence. With this in mind, Nurses Group Homecare has designed its live-in care service.
What is live-in care?
Live-in care is a customised homecare service for those who want to remain in their own homes, where they are most comfortable, and maintain independence without having to worry about coping alone or leaving behind everything they hold dear. With Nurses Group Homecare's live-in care service, a live-in carer or a live-in care assistant will move into your home, making it a personalised service with minimal disruption to your everyday life. We are dedicated to understanding the specific needs of our clients, their individual preferences, and their routines so that our live-in carer can offer the perfect support solution just for you.
Live-in care is a viable alternative to residential homes because it allows you to remain in your own home. In contrast to a residential home, where the requirements of multiple individuals must be considered, live-in care is a personalised, one-on-one service that is tailored to each individual. Live-in care is a flexible form of homecare that accommodates your regular routine and specific needs, as well as changes in your circumstances.
How does live-in care work?
Having a stranger move into your home can be quite unsettling, especially if you have lived alone for a while. However, Nurses Group Homecare recognises this fact and works to understand our clients' routines, personalities, and interests to try and match them with a live-in carer that can share these with them while delivering high-quality care. Most of the live-in care agencies in the UK try to match you with two live-in carers to ensure that you get to meet both your primary carer and the other person who will be supporting them when the primary carer is on annual leave.
What are the benefits of live-in care?
There are a lot of benefits to selecting live-in care to help with your specific needs. These benefits of live-in care include:
- There is no need to move out of your own home, as live-in care allows you to remain independent and maintain your routines, unlike nursing homes where a specific time schedule is set and followed.
- A personalised 1-2-1 service that has greater flexibility as it considers your specific requirements as and when you require them, day or night.
- A very practical and cost-effective alternative for couples, as it can be significantly cheaper than two beds or a double room within a residential or nursing care
- Highly trained, compassionate live-in carers who respect your home and your privacy
- Assistance can be provided as needed without rushing, as there is no time limitation, unlike care-at-home visits, which are for a short period of time.
- A diverse range of care and support services are available, including personal care, housework, social activities, and so on.
- This type of service is available on a short- or long-term basis, depending on the specific requirements of the patient.
- Maintain your social connections in the community and thus reduce loneliness, which can lead to depression and anxiety.
- Carers provide tips and advice on living well and staying positive.
- In contrast to a residential home, you won't have to share anything with other residents when you opt for live-in care, which helps with infection control.
Nurses Group Homecare works with you and your family to make sure that the carers who come to your home to help you live there are the best possible fit.
What does a live-in carer at Nurses Group Homecare do?
Our live-in carers aim is to allow you to live as independently as possible in your own home while assisting you when required. Live-in carers can provide numerous services, including:
- Basic personal hygiene
- Medication management and administration
- Catheter care and skin care integrity management
- Food and nutritional monitoring
- Domestic chores
- Accompanying you to appointments and helping with your weekly shopping
- Assist with pet care.
- Outdoor activities, such as day trips, visits, and exercise
Of course, these are just examples, and we would be happy to discuss any other requirements or needs you might have. However, live-in carers will not be able to provide for complex medical needs.
What distinguishes 24-hour care from live-in care?
It is essential to understand that live-in care and 24-hour care are not the same. 24-hour care is the best option when you need round-the-clock support and are unable to give a carer uninterrupted sleep. A 24-hour carer will stay awake while you are sleeping, so even if you wake up in the middle of the night, there will be someone to assist you. However, if you are a sound sleeper and only wake up occasionally through the night, it is better to opt for the live-in care package.
A significant distinction between the two is that 24-hour carers do not necessarily reside in the individual's residence. They usually come in 8-hour shifts to provide care at all times, contrary to live-in care, where the carer might not provide active care throughout their shift.
What is the cost of a live-in care service?
Typically, the cost of live-care services from a well-rated provider in the UK can start at £800 per week and go up to £1800 per week. However, the cost of live-in care services provided by Nurses Group Homecare can differ based on the support services you expect from a live-in carer and the number of people to be cared for.