When it comes to ensuring that a relative in need of care receives the best treatment, family members are faced with a difficult choice. Many see the decision as a binary one, between caring for their loved ones themselves or finding them a place in a care home. However, live in care is here to represent, not just an alternative, but the way forward in a world where residential care homes face obstacles that are causing many families to fear for the safety and wellbeing of their loved ones.
Before we explore the differences between live in care and care homes, it’s first worth making a distinction between the two types of care homes. Residential care homes offer support from a team of care assistants, while a nursing home also includes a trained nurse to help with things like managing clinical care.
Live in care does not make that distinction. Both services are provided by carers who offer 24-hour care at home. From companionship, housekeeping, assisting with the bathroom and transport, right down to administering medication and even helping with things like catheters and ventilators, a live in carer is trained to ensure every need of the client is met in full.
Care homes are becoming less feasible due to the growing needs of their client base. We are all living much longer and, as a result, more of us are likely to need care at some stage in our lives. This means that care home clients have surged, yet 1 in 20 care home beds have closed, with not enough new beds being added to meet the growing demands. As a result, more and more dependent people are being left at home without the care they need, leaving them vulnerable and socially isolated. The solution is that more people recognise that care homes are not their only option. Instead, 24-hour care at home ensures that there is always a bed for the client. This shift from care homes to live-in care has already started, with over 2,990 home care agencies growing since 2010.
Read the BBC News report here: “Care Homes Face Huge Shortfall in Available Beds”
One symptom of the stress that many overfull care homes see, is a lack of staff necessary to provide the comprehensive care that their residents need. As there are so many people to care for, even well-organised care homes have trouble managing all of their needs. With a live in carer, there is no-one else they have to be responsible for in their job, except their one client. This means that it’s much less likely that vital needs are going to be overlooked, forgotten, or ignored. The live in carer has the time, resources, and skills to ensure that the client receives truly comprehensive care.
One might think that around-the-clock care for your loved one would be more expensive, but that isn’t the case. Orchard Care’s flat rate for live in care is £735 a week, while the average care home in the same area costs over £1,000 a week. The live in carer does not have to pay the costs of maintaining a care home, for instance, nor tending to the needs of the many clients they are responsible for. You will most likely end up paying less for more attention and more care.
Even if they aren’t understaffed or over-populated by clients, care homes do bring with them some large changes that can adversely affect quality of life. A live in carer ensures that your loved one can stay in their own home, surrounded by a familiar setting and all their own possessions. Most people prefer to stay at home, also because it means they can keep pets that may otherwise have to be put up for adoption or given to a new owner if they were to move to a care home. Lastly, there’s the impact on the relationships that people maintain while they are in care. A care home prevents them from being entirely isolated, but it can add a strain on their existing relationships. Friends and relatives alike can find their relationship strained if their access to their loved one is restricted by the care home. This is also helped by the fact that a live in carer can accompany their clients on journeys, so they are not always restricted to there place of residence.
For couples living together, live in care can ensure that they are not separated. Loving couples don’t have to be separated if, for instance, one is diagnosed with dementia. Naturally, live in care also prevents the relationship strain that can come as a result of a relative taking their loved one’s care into their own responsibility.
We all worry about our loved ones. Any concerns you have about the quality of life and the care that your loved one is receiving can be hard to answer when it comes to a care home. Your access to them can be controlled by the (well-intentioned) rules of the care home A live in carer is much easier to reach and easier to seek help from if the client needs help with addressing a problem or you simply want to ensure their quality of life is being preserved. Rather than having a team of assistants to keep up with, all of their care falls under the responsibility of one person, so receiving answers to questions and maintaining accountability is much easier.
Orchard Care provides 24-hour care at home to clients in Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne, Crowborough and across Sussex. If you’re considering the care options for your loved one and want to find out more, get in touch with us at 01903 538475 or email us at email@example.com. Our website also contains plenty of information on when to consider live-in care, the costs of live-in care, and further details on how it works.