Maintaining your independence and enjoying the comfort of staying in your own home and aging in place is a key desire for the majority of seniors. As you and your older loved one make plans the future or face current health care issues, it’s time to consider the long-term benefits and potential cost savings of live-in care. It’s a wonderful alternative that may be a perfect fit.
What is Live-In Care?
In time, we all need some help and in-home care provides both personal care and emotional support. When physical and emotional needs get more complex, it’s time to make decisions for care that is more extensive. Whether in your own home or an assisted living community, challenges like decreased mobility and increased fall dangers, occasional night time help or conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may make 24-hour support a necessary and ideal choice. Here’s how 24-hour live-in care works.
A heart-centered skilled Home Helpers caregiver lives in your older loved one’s home for at least four or five days a week, with another live-in caregiver completing the weekly schedule. The caregiver supplies all the daytime support care needed and sleeps there, so they are available at night for minimal quick toileting assistance or when emergencies happen. A caregiver needs five hours of uninterrupted sleep and eight hours total sleep for a good night’s rest. They will also take a break at opportune times, like when your loved one is napping, but will always be there to provide a safe and secure environment.
The continuity of care a live-in caregiver provides is a major benefit for your older loved one. One-on-one care is round the clock, totally customized and dedicated to their special needs. There are only two caregivers involved, and the warm emotional bonds formed with a carefully selected caregiver can truly help them thrive. With no shift changes during a day, this reliability and constancy can be very calming for your older loved one.
There are many additional advantages to live-in care. Cost savings can be considerable, as live-in care has a daily versus hourly fee. You get the security of 24-hour assistance but don’t pay for sleep time for the caregiver. Your older loved one stays in their home with the familiar belongings and surroundings they prefer, or even remain with a beloved pet and still have the space, privacy and independence they desire.
A carefully matched live-in caregiver provides the safety and security of a professional who can make an incredible difference and allow your older loved one to thrive. A thoroughly screened, trained and talented Home Helpers caregiver not only brings skills, but a heart centered approach that boosts confidence and provides the best quality of life for our clients and their families. We know that despite the passing years, each of our clients has a youthful spirit. Engaging that lets us share in the richness of their lives, both past and present.
For a free in-home consultation to determine if live-in care is right for you, contact Home Helpers of Alpharetta today at (678) 430-8511.