Live-in care refers to at-home health care services where a care professional moves into the care seniors’ private home to take care of them. Which means that a live-in caregiver can assist the patient in any task full time throughout the day. The tasks can range from personal care to household tasks such as grocery shopping or housecleaning for the care recipient. Live-in care costs are comparatively cheaper than the cost of moving into assisted living care centers.
The elderly people can get personalized one on one attention and stay in their own familiar surroundings especially if they are dealing with memory changes. This mode of care keeps the older folks from becoming too dependent and they get to keep their independence which means that family and friends are free to visit them anytime they feel like it, which is not the case if they were living in an assisted living facility.
Live-in Care Facilities
Live-in Care facilities are on the rise in Canada. This is a newer form of elderly care introduced in the last few years for individuals who need assistance as they are at an advanced stage. The most common question that would come to mind when considering a choice between a live-in caregiver and relocating to an assisted living facility is where the needs of the elderly would be fulfilled and also the cost of considering both options.
The home health care agencies providing the home health care services offer a range of live-in caregivers who can be a companion for the elderly or a supervisor and personal care taker. Before the option of live-in care was available, the elderly and their children would check them into a nursing facility which is an assisted living community and these care homes are like group homes with multiple patients or elderly living together in a converted building, house or apartment buildings. Even some of these elderly care homes have a sharing policy unless they are paid some more for a separate room. According to a 2017 Canadian Institute for Health Information report “Almost 1 in 3 seniors admitted to residential care do not belong there and can be supported with home care”
With increasing options for Live-in care children of aged adults consider home instead of senior care as the best care for elderly at home especially if the elderly have no ailments and just need some basic care or companionship. Statistics Canada found that “Home care can lead to improved quality of life, reduced hospitalizations, lower costs and decreased mortality”. This is an excellent care option with one on one consistent personal care of the elderly family members. This Live-in care is a great alternative for traditional elderly care methods and saves some money and keeps the elderly folks independent for as long as their health and age allows it.
Benefits of Live-in Care
Before live-in care became an option, families with the elderly or elderly patients turned towards residential care homes. Now for care recipients with a requirement of full time care, the benefits of taking on live-in care seems comparatively more affordable with better quality standards in care. So many Canadians can see the benefits of getting in contact with home health care agencies for home health care services to care for elderly at home instead of senior care facilities.
A full time live-in caregiver will be available at all times because the caregiver lives in the loved ones home with them. Well the care provider will be given some break times but essentially available throughout the day. Let us not forget the “Rising Tide” report from 2017 which found that by 2038, 68% Canadian seniors over the age of 65 will have live-in care for dementia. There are some more benefits to consider apart from these.
Staying at Home
For any human, their homes are their sanctuary where they relax, de-stress and get away with the problems and issues of the outside world. Their homes are filled with memories and decorated with their little trinkets and treasures collected all their lives from trips and events. It can be very difficult for people in old age to give up the sentimentality and memories associated with their surroundings and move to a new unfamiliar place.
Staying in familiar surroundings is not easy for navigation during memory lapses but also keeps the care recipient calm and anxiety and depression level very low. This ensures that they are mentally stable which is a vital part of quality treatment and care becomes effective. Statistics Canada research found that “Home care can lead to improved quality of life, reduced hospitalizations, reduced costs and decreased mortality”.
Although nursing homes and other assisted living communities have skilled care professionals in service, nothing beats the advantages of having a matched, professional live-in caregiver. Staff in assisted living communities have lots of patients to look after and cannot provide the same level of dedicated care as a live-in care professional is able to provide.
A dedicated person will be solely responsible for the well-being and upkeep of the loved one and make sure their basic health and hygiene is looked after at all times. The senior and the caregiver also strike up a good relationship so they don’t feel alone and have someone to talk to and play games with.
When you take on a ConsidraCare matched, reasonably priced live-in care professional, you get the best there is and the companionship and attention given to a loved one is a value of the money spent as it is better than anything you can get in any assisted living facility in Canada.
In a care home, staff are rotated and work in shifts so sometimes seniors cannot adjust to such rotations and feel uncomfortable with having a new carer taking care of them throughout the day. They cannot give the stability that a full time at-home care professional can provide.
Live-in care is tailored to the needs of a senior and tasks are carried out by the same person all the time. It is a reliable form of home health care services and forms a bond between the care recipient and the caregiver.
Peace of Mind
The family members of the senior can rest easy and have peace of mind that their loved one is safe, secure and happy with the professionally matched ConsidraCare care professional in the comfort of their own home and familiar surroundings. Apart from this, it further adds to safety that the senior citizen has someone with them even during nighttime who can attend to any emergency situation if necessary.
By choosing a live-in care professional, the lifestyle being lived by the senior is not compromised. They can still meet friends at any time, have family over and even adopt a pet if they want to. They can live and follow their routine as long as they are physically able to keep up with it.
In nursing facilities, often the elderly especially a very social senior, can feel isolated and trapped when they cannot go out or meet friends and relatives at any time which causes them to feel as if they lost all their independence.
In an assisted living community, the family members of the care recipient have little to no say on how the person gets care. There is no assurance that the person admitted in these residential care homes gets a certain standard of care.
With a live-in caregiver, the family has a lot of control on the standard of care. They can make changes and feel included in their loved ones’ care. They can review the plan of care at any time and tailor it according to what they feel is best.
The cost of care is cheap as compared to assisted living facilities. Hourly agencies and retirement homes are over 5800 Canadian dollars to even as close as $10,000 per month depending on the location, type of accommodation and care package.
ConsidraCare matched, trained and wetted live-in caregivers are available at $4500 per month. Even this is negotiable as the family members can set an hourly wage although ConsidraCare recommends an hourly wage of $17 / hour for basic care and $19/hour for the complex care plan. These include boarding and meals for the caregiver unless the family decides for them to share the groceries with their loved ones. Everything is negotiated by the care recipient’s family and the hired caregiver.
Live-in Care in COVID-19 World
Dr. Sandy Buchman president of Canadian Medical Association supports live-in care as compared to assisted living communities and says that
If you were a senior at home with the same vulnerabilities, you were one hundred times less likely to die than you were if you were in a long-term care institution.
Why Choose Live-In Care
Live-in Care has strong medical and health benefits especially in COVID times. It is a cheaper alternative to assisted living with statistical data of improved quality of life that makes it the best source of elder care available in Canada.