The benefits of live-in care

Staying social

Having an active social life can provide your loved one with a range of benefits, and boost their overall quality of life. People who regularly interact with others tend to be less depressed and more mentally alert. Isolation can cause depression and harms cognitive function. Day-centres, religious groups and societies and can all be enjoyable and therapeutic. Whether it’s a trip to the bingo hall or a game of Scrabble, our hometouch carers can help maintain your loved one’s social life – and even broaden their horizons.

Live-in care helps maintain routines

Keeping to the usual structure of the day can improve the function of people with dementia. Familiar places and patterns are reassuring and there’s evidence that they can help maintain cognitive abilities and increase wellbeing. With hometouch, your loved one can keep their own routine, rather than adapting to a care home schedule – which means they can enjoy their favourite TV programme, or eat at their usual time.

Relearning skills

Just because someone with dementia has forgotten how to brush their teeth or carry out simple tasks, it doesn’t mean there’s no way back. By building on a person’s abilities and strengths, hometouch carers can help those with dementia maintain and relearn skills.

Eating well

There’s evidence to suggest that switching to a Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of memory loss. It’s a diet with lots of fresh produce, fruit and veg, fish, pulses, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. Antioxidants can protect the brain from damage, they can be found in green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, citrus fruits and berries. Our live-in home carers can help your loved one with their nutrition to keep them happy and healthy.

Keeping fit

Exercise may help prevent dementia and slow the progress of the condition. Research suggests, living an active life, exercising regularly and building leg muscle strength were all linked to better mental function with increasing age. Whether it’s some gentle stretches or a stroll around the park, our live-in carers can ensure your loved one is getting the exercise they need.

Top questions about live in care

How does live in care work?

Live-in care usually includes services such as personal care, companionship, assistance with mobility, supervision of medication, helping with odd jobs around the house, cleaning, and cooking.

How many hours do live in carers work?

Live in carers normally work throughout the day and may do occasional night calls. Legally they are required to have eight hours sleep and 2 hours break per day.

What does a live in carer need?

In simple terms, a live in carer needs a spare room with a bed and private place to wash.

What rota pattern do live in carers work?

This depends on the complexity and needs of the client. For someone with lighter companionship needs, a primary carer for several weeks with the occasional carer may be appropriate. For more complex live in care, a more regular pattern of changeover may be required.

Can live in care be provided to couples?

Yes, and this can be work out much more affordable than both individuals going to a care home. A live in carer can care for both individuals depending on complexity. This typically attracts a 10-15% premium to the rate for one person.

Do live in carers need breaks?

Yes, the legal requirement is for 2 hours per day, or 14 hours over a 7 day period.

What qualities does a live in carer need?

A good live in carer needs to be patient, respectful of the client's home, able to work independently and may be comfortable with their own company.

How do you choose a live in carer?

Choosing a live in carer requires due diligence of compliance history including DBS and reference, mandatory training, suitable personality and a good match of interests with the care recipient.

Is live in care right for my family?

This obviously depends on the priorities and needs of the care recipient and family members. Live in care can enable dignity and privacy in the family home and ensure that one dedicated carer or team is accountable to the whole family. This enables continuity of care and better cohesion with the family.
We are here to help you every step of the way, from deciding on the type of care, to choosing a carer, to reviewing your care plan on a regular basis.

A typical live-in care day

Everyday our live-in home carers support families and individuals cope with life’s challenges, from tasks such as grocery shopping or ironing to some of the most demanding and emotional circumstances that life throws at us.
8:00

Wake & personal care

Support with waking, washing, dressing and or toileting - always with consideration and respect

9:00

Breakfast

Make breakfast, reminders to take medication, drink water and other prompts to help maintain daily wellbeing

10:00

Activities

Assistance with keeping the body moving and getting fresh air, from a simple stroll down the road to prescribed activities

12:00

Lunch

Make lunch together (if possible) allowing for participation, inclusion, bonding and mental stimulation

14:30

Downtime

Some gentle muscle strengthening, a cup of tea and a light afternoon nap. If appropriate, the carer may take a short break.

16:30

Light house work

Prepare for dinner, meal planning, grocery shopping Help with chores such as ironing and laundry

20:00

Bed time routine

Personal care before bed, a hot cocoa, reading or listening to the radio. Lighting adjusted to assist circadian rhythm

23:00

Night care starts

Assistance with getting into bed and toileting. Help with night time WC visits if needed

*Everyone’s needs and routines are different, and unique, this is a basic illustration of what our carers can help you and your loved one with in a 24 hour care period

What makes our carers special?

We believe our carers are modern day heroes. They are compassionate, dedicated and giving, chosen for their abilities to make a real difference in the world.

Ultimately, at hometouch our carers need to pass the most important test of all- would we wish for them to care for our own family? Only if the answer is yes will they become a hometouch carer.

With our live-in home care service, we work hard to ensure your carer is entirely suited to your loved one’s circumstances and personality.

We also know that conversation is fundamental to caring, which is why all our live-in carers are fluent in English and have a warm, friendly personality. Sometimes just a sweet cup of tea and a good chat can make all the difference.

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