As your loved ones age, their mental and physical conditions also progress and increased care becomes increasingly important – conditions like Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Diabetes can’t be “cured” and progressively worsen over the years leading to increasingly frequent doctor visits and hospitalizations. In the US, there are approx 2 million seniors who rarely or never leave their homes, and an estimated 5 million more who can only leave with the help of others or after “significant difficulty.” The demand for professional caregivers is increasing every year and is expected to rise 40% by 2026 in the U.S.1
One of the most effective and cost-efficient solutions for your loved one’s care needs is aging at home with LIVE-IN CARE. Live-in care means that the caregiver lives with your loved ones in their home to assist them in their daily tasks. They are also expected to help the person at night with important or quick chores. But, the professional live-in caregiver is permitted to take rest for five hours per day. Studies indicate that, generally, patients who stay at home and receive live-in caregiving show improved cognition levels, reduction of depression, betterment in daily functioning, and lesser incontinence rates as compared to any other living facility.
Some families get concerned about their family’s privacy with a new person coming to live with them! But consider the benefits that a caregiver will bring into your and your loved one’s life. With the right live-in caregiver, your loved one also receives overnight or around-the-clock care in the home.
Professional live-in caregivers are trained to perform tasks like:
For making the live-in caregiving ideal and successful, we recommend keeping the following strategies in mind:
When hiring a live-in caregiver, personalizing the choice of caregivers to your loved one is even more important. They will be more welcoming of home care and live in care if the caregiver is someone that is a good fit for your loved one’s personality and care needs, and your loved one was deeply involved in appointing someone for their in-home care.
This will also give them some time to make themselves mentally prepared for the upcoming situation of being helped by someone new in the house.
Make a detailed care plan to follow for the caregiver to avoid any kind of misunderstanding.
This will make it easy for the caregiver to gain insight into your loved one’s life, knowing their preferences, making a proper routine, and especially in building a good relationship with them.
The care plan can include:
As a live-in caregiver will be living with your loved ones in their homes, it will be necessary to give them a good experience also, including things like: having their personal space or a bedroom, not disturbing them in their resting hours (until necessary), and most importantly giving them the professional respect they deserve.
Hiring a live-in caregiver through a licensed home care agency has many benefits in itself and proves more cost-effective. It will save you from many drawbacks of a personally hired caregiver.
Your involvement in the day-to-day process of live-in caregiving is important for better results. Communicate with the caregiver periodically, even unannounced, to check in from time to time and maintain a good relationship with them.
Make sure that your loved one’s care needs are being fulfilled properly. Ask them how things are going, and ACT to make necessary changes if they say this is not working for them! Good quality home care agencies and mature live-in caregivers understand the importance of getting it right for your loved one.
You can also arrange weekly meetings with each live-in caregiver to discuss important or evolving care needs, and discuss concerns with each other.
Small adjustments can be made in the house to make the environment safe and run things smoothly for the family and the patient. For example:
Like any other new relationship, a live-in caregiver model can be awkward in the beginning for you, your loved one, or the professional live-in caregiver. It involves being detail-oriented and solving problems one by one to get to a smooth and streamlined experience. Give this process some time, work on it closely, and do not get judgmental in the beginning.
We, at Care Mountain, have been providing live-in care to our clients for more than a decade. With our proven and personalized approach to planning and delivering live-in care, we have served more than a thousand clients with live-in care. We are a high-quality in-home care provider and have served 3000+ families in DFW over the past 16 years. We have highly experienced caregivers available to support you and your loved ones’ care needs. Give us a call to discuss your needs.