WHAT IS 24 HOUR LIVE-IN CARE? Company 2 of 3 on this site on this subject (Article by COUNTRY COUSINS) provided for WhereIsTheCare

A Live-In Carer Companion Can Help the Whole Family

Home is where you want to be whatever your age and whatever it takes to maintain your precious independence. That is why 24hour, live-in care is becoming an increasingly popular and affordable choice for those elderly or disabled people who can no longer cope with living at home, often alone. A live-in carer will provide reassuring continuity and companionship with all the comforts of home, where life can go on with a reliable normality.

Why consider live-in care?

So often when we think care, we rarely think past the basic needs of living, a wash, clean clothes and a microwave meal that might be achieved with a carer popping in for two or three visits a day. However with a live-in carer companion these basics become just that, so basic that we take them for granted just like we may have done just a short time ago. With a live-in carer providing normality at home, the focus of the day can move to more life-enhancing and fulfilling activities, like planning a meal and enjoying it together, with plenty of time for genuine conversation.

The smallest pleasures can be enjoyed like opening a window for a few minutes when the sun comes out and knowing it can be closed again, or knowing that you haven’t got to ask your daughter to buy her own birthday card and then she pretend it is a surprise. Doctors and other appointments no longer have to have the meticulous planning and disruption to a family members day if you are cared for by a live-in carer as they are on hand to make the necessary arrangements and provide advocacy support if needed.

With the companionship of a live-in carer who becomes well known to you, much bigger opportunities become available, visits to friends and social groups, popping out shopping or visiting a garden centre. Having friends over for lunch and being able to serve a freshly prepared home cooked-meal or even going on holiday, all become possible and having something to look forward to, knowing it is possible, practical and can happen is truly life enhancing.

Help after surgery

Increasingly you hear of people delaying and even cancelling appointments to have routine surgery due to their having a dependent relation who can not be left at home alone. The worry of placing that relation in respite care and the confusion and unsettling effect it will have, is enough to make people suffer in silence rather than getting the surgical help they need. Bringing a live-in carer companion into this situation would have a most positive outcome for both people. Familiar routines at home can continue, while the person in hospital can be free to concentrate on themselves and their own recuperation. The carer companion could then stay on for an extra period to allow recovery at home to be easier with support.

Respite Care

The pressures of caring for a loved one, when days and weeks quickly run into months can be enormous and no-one should feel guilty about taking a few days away to recharge their batteries. Engaging a live-in carer companion who will be able to step in for a short period of time means that a short break or holiday is a realistic possibility. Going away knowing that your loved one, has not had to embrace any change to where or how they live, and can still sit in their favourite chair can really help a carer have a proper break and come back genuinely refreshed. Having a new companion to talk and a little pampering can in many cases, also be refreshing for the person who stays at home as well.

When considering all the care options available, live-in care with companionship can easily provide the best quality of life when considering not just basic support, but including all the little things which enhance lives and bring a smile to the face.

To find out more about how live-in care can help you or your loved one please call Country Cousins on 0844 209 2646 or click on www.country-cousins.co.uk