When your loved one needs assistance with life’s daily tasks, a caregiver can help them stay in their own home and continue living an independent life. You might consider becoming a caregiver yourself or have already taken on many caregiving duties. But full-time family caregivers face a large amount of stress, especially when your loved one needs more intensive care than you can provide. In those situations, a live-in caregiver can be a valuable asset. For example, live-in caregivers can provide comprehensive all-day care. That extra attention ensures your loved one stays comfortable, happy, and well looked after without leaving their home.
Live-In Caregivers Offer Many Benefits
Compared to other forms of care, a live-in caregiver can provide a wide variety of services for people struggling to thrive independently. Whether from reduced mobility, dementia, or medical complications, some people need a little help to continue safely living at home. Luckily, there’s a lot a live-in caregiver can offer.
Allow Your Loved One To Remain At Home
The vast majority of people wish to remain in their own homes while they recover or age. Being in the hospital is stressful, disheartening, and sometimes outright traumatic. Even a designated long-term care facility can fall short of the ideal standards of care. However, with so many adults with varying needs in one place and the frequency of staffing shortages, your loved one may not get the attention and care they need to stay happy and comfortable in a long-term care facility. A live-in caregiver provides individual support in your relative’s own home. As a result they can continue living in a familiar and comforting place without sacrificing their safety or health.
Continuity of Care
People who need routine care will usually have a choice between rotating shifts of multiple caregivers or one live-in caregiver. Working with a single live-in caregiver can benefit people with unique medical needs or dementia. That’s because a single caregiver may be less disruptive and more familiar with a person’s individual care. Not only that but your loved one may also come to recognize and trust a single caregiver, so even in times of confusion or stress, they’re more likely to feel grounded and safe.
One of the biggest challenges for any care facility is maintaining a low patient to caregiver ratio. The state minimum ratios are often well below the levels recommended by professionals in the field, meaning many patients suffer from a lack of attention. A live-in caregiver gives your loved ones all their attention and ensures they’re never left alone when they need help or companionship.
Maintain Standards of Living
Older folks may not be able to care for themselves adequately without help. Consequently, preparing nutritious meals, getting around the house safely, and taking care of daily hygiene can all become difficult when living alone. A live-in caregiver can tackle all of life’s necessities, from cooking and cleaning to helping with baths and toileting. No matter your loved ones’ needs and limitations, an in-home caregiver can rise to meet them.
The idea of a loved one taking a severe fall with no way of getting help is frightening. A live-in caregiver can monitor seniors for signs of worsening medical conditions, medication interactions, and other warning signs. As a result, if your loved one falls or is otherwise in need of medical attention, a live-in caregiver can quickly get them help and provide an important buffer against events like those in the first place.
Protect Against Isolation
Seniors tend to be more isolated than any other age group. While aging in place is a great option for most people, it can also lead to increased loneliness and less social support. With a live-in caregiver, your loved one will always have someone on hand to talk to. A caregiver can also assist with transportation, bringing seniors without the ability to drive to local events or social gatherings.
A Wide Spectrum of Care
Every person has different needs. Meeting those varied needs with an equally flexible style of care makes live-in caregivers such a great option. If you have a loved one living at home who needs a little extra help around the house, a live-in caregiver might be the right option for you.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.
Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.