Live In Care can differ from agency to agency. It is important to find out exactly what the Live In Carer you are hiring will do, and whether it is right for you or the individual who will be receiving the care.
What should you expect from your live in carer?
Generally, carers are there to ensure the safety, comfort, and health (to some degree) of their client. This can be anything from washing and dressing to cooking, housework, and giving medication as and when it is required.
Since a live in carer works on a one-to-one basis with the person they are caring for, their attention is solely focused on them, and their time is guaranteed to be spent as their client wishes.
This includes everything mentioned above, as well as taking the person shopping (or doing the shopping for them), escorting them to other events, helping with exercise, and even accompanying them on holiday. Having this sort of full-time care is a wonderful way to keep your independence while still being looked after.
How flexible are live in carers?
The beauty of this kind of one-to-one care is that it is as flexible as you need it to be. Live in carers will work to your schedule, giving their client the freedom to choose exactly how and when they are cared for (within the agreed care plan).
Using a carer when family members need a break
Looking after an elderly or unwell friend or relative may be something you would rather do yourself. But everyone deserves and needs a break now and then to recharge. Live in home carers can be hired on a short-term basis, to give those who usually take on the role the chance to take a holiday or to just go out for the day. Once a week, once a month, two weeks a year; whatever and whenever you need, a hired carer will be able to provide this much-needed cover.
All in all, the great thing about live in carers is that their service is adapted to suit the person who requires it. The best thing to do is discuss this with your care provider.