Why Live-In Care Can Be Better Than Residential Care

Supporting Elderly

Live-in care can offer users so many advantages over residential or nursing care homes, from companionship to comfort and everything in between.

Remain in the comfort of your home.
Able to remain in your own home with familiar surroundings, care recipients are able to feel relaxed and comfortable while avoiding the emotional impact that can come with the stress of moving into a shared home. One of the most stressful parts of a move to a care home is not just the new living situation and shared communal spaces, but the trauma that can come from having to part with possessions they have held for so many years. By remaining at home, care recipients can continue to be surrounded by their treasured belongings.

Dedicated personal care
One of the most significant benefits of live-in care is that you receive care on you own terms. With a dedicated carer whose sole responsibility is to care for just you, you have the power to dictate when and with what you have assistance with, your daily routine and how you enjoy your free time.

Superior level of companionship
A major way in which live-in care differs from residential care is the unparalleled level of companionship that can develop. At Four Oaks Healthcare, we spend considerable time getting to know each client and each carer that registers with us, enabling us to carefully match carer with recipient based on personality, lifestyle and interests. This means that our carers are able to form excellent friendships with their care recipient while spending 24 hours a day together. This companionship, and sense of familiarity, is particularly important for those receiving Alzheimer’s care, Dementia care, brain injury or stroke care, where a continuously changing carer can be disorientating and stressful.

Choice of what and when you eat
In a residential care home, meals are often planned in a set menu for all residents for the week, with few alternatives and very little variety from week to week. This can be particularly difficult for those who struggle to eat certain foods or those that are fussy eaters. Receiving live in care means that your 24-hour home carer can plan and prepare meals at your request.

Pets can remain at home
Rules in residential homes regarding pets vary but, generally speaking, residents are forced to re-home their beloved dog, cat or other animal, which can be very distressing for someone living with Dementia. Remaining at home with the help of a 24-hour home carer means that care recipients can keep their beloved pets, which has been scientifically proven to reduce the symptoms of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Significant cost save for couples
Although live-in care can sometimes be the costlier option for individual care, the flexibility that is provided by remaining in one’s own home means that couples or close friends are able to stay living together. Rather than having to pay for two beds or two bedrooms in a shared care home, individuals can split the cost of a single carer to remain with them in their home.