The difference between live-in care and a residential care home is that in the first model the person stays in their own home, whereas in the latter they move into a building with other people who also need care.
This could also mean being near to family and friends.
Staying at home can be especially beneficial for people with dementia, as a change of surroundings can be confusing and upsetting.
In a residential care setting it’s rare to have one or two core staff members who get to know you and look after you continuously. Usually you’ll be seen by different members of a team each day, which can be confusing.
It can also cause issues if handovers are not properly performed, or staff don’t have an opportunity to get to know you properly.
In a live in care situation you will be looked after by one person, with another person on hand when your main carer takes breaks and holidays. These professionals will develop a relationship with you over time.
This is ideal as they will understand how you like to be cared for and will get to know your likes and dislikes. It can also help with potentially embarrassing or upsetting situations such as accessing personal care, as you feel you know and trust the person caring for you.
For family members live in care offers immense peace of mind. Having someone in the house 24/7 ensures that you are safe, secure and looked after at all times.
It can also prevent accidents and falls. Live in careers can be proactive and liaise with healthcare professionals, so any illness or issues can be quickly picked up and dealt with in good time.
For couples live in care can be very cost-effective. This is because the cost of residential care homes includes accommodation, meals and maintenance fees – all things you pay for yourself at home.
Instead of paying twice for two rooms or two placements in a residential home, you can pay just once for a live in carer between you. This can save thousands of pounds per year.
Many people use equity release to fund their live in care. It allows you to take money from your house tax-free and use that to pay for care. It is an option you should look at if you are looking at a care home.