Maintaining Independence Through Live In Care

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One of the greatest benefits of live-in care is that it provides care receivers with extra support while enabling them to retain the freedom of living in their own home. Providing the best of both worlds, a 24 hour home carer can help with things care receivers are not able to do for themselves, while recognising the importance of not taking over tasks that can be done independently.

Asking For Help
For many people, just accepting that they need help can be a challenge in itself. This is particularly difficult for those that have not required help for life long conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis care, Huntington’s Disease care, or brain injury care, but those whose need for help has increased with age or deterioration of their condition, such as Dementia care or elderly care.

Respecting Boundaries
Employing a live in carer that understands the importance of respecting personal space and boundaries is key to finding a carer/client relationship that works for everyone. Whether this be retaining personal space in the home, choosing the clothes you wear or washing as independently as possible, our unique care plans are completely tailored to the needs and wishes of each client we work with.

Keeping Your Old Routine
Unlike living in a residential care home, where your routine is forced to fit in with that of the home and the other residents, a live-in carer fits around your own needs and wishes. Get up at the time you want, enjoy a tea or coffee in bed, and continue the rest of the day on your terms, including spontaneous outings to the shops or to see friends if you wish. Being able to maintain your own routine and live your life on your terms is hugely beneficial on mental wellbeing for those receiving care, who can sometimes feel as though they are not in control of their own lives anymore.

Retain Your Support Network and Friends
One of the most significant benefits of live-in care is that care receivers are able to keep their same circle of friends and family. Not only able to go on frequent visits with the help of their carer, by remaining in their own home friends and family can continue to visit regularly at a time of day that suits everyone. Our live-in carers are specially trained to ensure they give clients space to see friends and family while being nearby in case help is needed. For those receiving more complex care, such as cerebral palsy care, motor neurone disease care, or palliative care, this is particularly important as clients can receive specialist care while spending time with those they love.

When To Ask For Help
Realising that you or a loved one is in need of some extra support at home is not always easy and approaching the subject can often be difficult and frightening for those involved. It is important to remember that making the choice to receive live-in care does not mean a loss of independence or a drastic life-change. Whether you are living with a lifelong complex condition, such as Huntington’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Cerebral Palsy, or if you are recovering from an illness or injury, a 24 hour home carer can enable you to continue living the life you are familiar with in the comfort of your own home.

24 Hour Support In Your Own Home
A live in carer can provide care receivers with the support they need to enable them to continue living in their own home, whether this be help with everyday tasks such as laundry and cleaning, reminders to take medication, or help with colostomy bags, catheters or bathing for those with more complex conditions.

By having a fully trained live-in carer in your home with you 24 hours a day, both you and your family can rest easy knowing that their loved one is safe and taken care of, with support by their side should anything go wrong. With a focus on maintaining independence, our live-in care can be as hands-on as required, providing anything from companionship and help around the house to 24 hour complex care for those living with complex conditions.

Returning From Hospital
After an operation, suffering a serious injury, or while receiving ongoing and debilitating treatment for an illness, individuals can find it hard to take care of themselves adequately on their own. Employing the help of a live-in carer to provide temporary home care or respite care means that the care receiver is well looked after on their road to recovery, and their family and friends can feel rest assured their loved one is safe and in good hands. Respite care can include anything from assisting with mobility after an operation, help with personal hygiene or food preparation to ventilator care or colostomy care for more complex conditions.

Temporary Care For Your Peace of Mind
Many of us choose to care for our loved ones ourselves, whether this be elderly relatives, relatives with Dementia, or family members that are living with complex conditions such as brain injury, motor neurone disease or Huntington’s disease. When providing care for relatives while maintaining a family, house and career of our own, it is possible to get burnt out and exhausted while spreading yourself too thinly. Our temporary care enables full-time care givers to take a break from their commitments, visit friends and family, go away with work or go on holiday knowing that their loved one is well looked after and receiving the appropriate care they need. Short term live in care is also a great opportunity for the care receiver and family to see what ongoing live-in care would be like should they need it in future.