Many people, as they grow older, dread the prospect of having to move into a Residential Care Home. Local care agency Home Care Preferred can provide solutions to assist people to remain safely and happily in their own home.
Many clients manage with hourly visits from Home Care Preferred, however, Live-in care has become a successful and popular service offered by the company.
Here Home Care Preferred answer some of the questions often asked by those considering Live-in care.
Q. How does live-in care work?
A carefully matched Support Assistant lives at the home of the client. Typically, they stay for 6-8 weeks and then have a 1 week break at which time a 2nd relief person steps in.
Q. What help can the live-in Support Assistant provide?
A wide range of assistance including help with housework and domestic tasks, personal care, food preparation, shopping, escorting on outings and of course companionship.
Q. Is live-in care less expensive than going into a residential care home?
Not always, however, it can be when there are two people living together, for example, a married couple. The main advantage of live-in care is remaining as you want to in your own home and not having the upheaval and trauma of moving into care.
Q. How do people fund live-in care?
Often this is through a combination of savings, investment income and pensions. If people do not have this option, they can consider equity release from their property. There are now some very good and cost-effective schemes available.
Q. What does the client need to provide for the live-in Support Assistant?
The Support Assistant needs their own private bedroom with some space for clothes and personal belongings. Frequently clients provide a television within the Support Assistants bedroom.
Q. Do people find it difficult having a Support Assistant living in their home?
In our experience there can be some anxiety at the start, however, in nearly all cases our clients soon enjoy having a person living with them. We have seen many success stories.
Q. Will I lose my independence by having live-in care?
Absolutely not. Part of our service is to encourage independence balanced in providing all the help that is needed.
Q. How can I find out more?
A member of our friendly team will happily answer any questions by phone, alternatively, we can meet at your home or our office for a complimentary introductory meeting
For more information:
Home Care Preferred 49 Station Road, Winchmore Hill, London N21 3NB
T: 020 8364 3670 E: [email protected] W: homecarepreferred.com