Define the Scope of Live-In Care in Writing

Every professional caregiver with enough expertise and relevant experience will know a person needs personalized live-in care. To that effect, every caregiver will be willing to fully understand the scope of the care necessary. A professional will acknowledge the specific needs in terms of personal care, companionship and housekeeping, any medical or nursing assistance that may be required among other special attention that is crucial in certain conditions. A family will naturally explain every need and discuss the approach of the caregiver. However, these discussions may not be sufficient and there may still be some possibility of miscommunication or misunderstanding initially and perhaps dispute in the future.


It is imperative for both the family of the patient and the caregiver or the company attending to live-in care to have an extensive agreement where all the details are lucidly mentioned. Both parties should be on the same page. The full scope of live-in care should be defined and described. If there are certain aspects that do not need any attention of the caregiver, that too should find its way into the agreement. The agreement should not be verbal or mutually understood. It should be in writing. That is, the only way to avoid disputes in the future.


Live-in care is not always simple and not necessarily complicated for the relevantly experienced and specialized caregiver. In the absence of a written agreement however, there is room for potential reasons that can lead to disappointment. While a family may be disappointed for one or more reasons and the caregiver can express their views, the patient is the one who has to suffer the fallout of anything amiss. Hence, it is always better to think about the scope of services and everything else from the perspective of the patient first and then from the perspectives of the family and the caregiver.