Live-in care is a quintessential need of many. It is optional for some so families should consider its benefits before deciding in favour or against. There are alternatives of course but some people would do much better with live-in care. Here are the benefits depending on the nature of care you choose for your loved one.
• A live-in caregiver stays with the terminally ill or disabled person at their residence. This helps the person to stay in the same house they have spent most of their lifetime, perhaps their entire life. The familiar environment is the best place for anyone and more so for someone who is suffering from a terminal disease or any disability. Live-in care enables a person to avoid change. Daily life does not have to be altered to suit a particular routine or any new set of norms at a resident care facility. The same kind of support that a person would get at a resident care facility would be available at their residence.
• Live-in care can be completely bespoke. It is possible to personalise the care at a resident facility but there are other people who need to be cared for. It is unlikely one caregiver will only attend to one person at the facility and there would be some regulations in place for the establishment to maintain an expected standard of care and service. At homes, a caregiver can practically have a completely unique routine that is exclusively chalked out depending on the needs of the only person they are taking care of.
• A person can have the same hobbies, interests and routines at home. There can be familiar companionship as and when necessary or when people are available, be it family members or neighbours, relatives or friends. The cared for person would get to share their meals with family, spend time with their loved ones for as long as they want and even move around if situations permit which would make life as normal as it can be in the given circumstance.
• Emotional support is another crucial benefit of live-in care, not just from the family or friends but also from the caregiver. The caregiver would be spending all their time with your loved one. There would not be any roster or change of personnel. This inevitably creates a strong emotional bond between the two people. This helps your loved one as the caregiver gets to better understand their needs.