Because of the confusion that is sometimes around this subject, I want to begin by providing you with a brief definition of live-in care.
Live-in care is 24 hour care provided in the home at a significantly reduced rate, and it can provide advantages to the family, the caregiver, and the seniors themselves. In this article, my goal is to answer a lot of the questions you may have about live-in care so you can see if it’s a good fit for you and your loved one.
How It Works
Live-in senior care has many advantages for all parties involved. During live-in care, the caregiver would live in the home for an extended time. He or she would typically stay in the home for a multi-day or multi-week period. Since the caregiver lives in the home, this time also includes sleep.
A caregiver’s day is split into three main parts, each part around 8 hours long. The first 8 hours would consist of the tasks for the job – including bathing, dressing, cooking, light housekeeping, errands, companionship, and more advanced hands-on care as needed. The second 8 hours would consist of a rest period. During this time, the caregiver is available (on call as needed), but he or she is given time to relax, read, or catch up on their own responsibilities like paying bills. The last 8 hour period is reserved for sleep. A caregiver is available during the night as needed, but it’s also important that he or she get some normal hours of sleep when possible to remain fresh. If there is an emergency during the night, he or she would be available.
Benefits of Live-in Care
Because of how live-in care is structured, there are a few main advantages.
First and foremost, the senior will not have to move into a facility. Because the majority of seniors want to remain at home, this is a huge advantage.
There are less caregivers for the senior to become acquainted with. An agency might send 7-9 different caregivers during a single week, while CareFamily recommends hiring 1-3 caregivers for rotating shifts.
Caregivers can split the time with other caregivers while also earning a decent income, which increases job satisfaction. Having at least 2 caregivers is usually important with live-in care in order to prevent burnout and to ensure there is another caregiver who can fill in during an emergency.
Both the caregiver and senior can have alone time during the day.
The senior and caregiver/s often develop close bonds during live-in care.
All of these factors can decrease the chance of depression in the senior.
A caregiver is available to help at all times, which can significantly reduce stress for the family.
Who’s it for?
Live-in care is ideal for any family looking for 24-7 care options. Many families think their only options are nursing homes or assisted living facilities, but this can be a great alternative. Not only will the senior be able to stay at home, but he or she will actually be receiving one-on-one care.
This kind of care is also ideal for family members who want to help their senior loved one but don’t want to be the caregiver. It’s important that you can remain the spouse or the child. Sometimes the best way to do this is to have a caregiver who takes the burden of care largely off of your shoulders.
How much does this 24-7 senior care option cost?
Looking at live-in care options through traditional agencies can be intimidating. Most agencies charge around $250 per live-in day, which can total over $7,000 per month in cost. Through CareFamily, live-in care costs $170-$200 per day, which adds up to around $5,000 per month.
Over a year, you would be saving $35,000 compared to a nursing home (which does not provide one-on-one care) and up to $25,000 compared to a traditional agency. Additionally, by hiring a caregiver through us, you are covered with all the necessary insurances, bonding, and complete tax management..
Requirements for Room and Board
As a final note, it’s important to know that the home will need to be able to accommodate a caregiver. In most cases, the caregiver should have their own room. In essence, someone else will be living in your home.
In most cases, meals should also be included for the caregiver. Of course, he or she could help prepare those meals as part of their daily tasks.
As I finish this article, I simply want to encourage you to thoughtfully consider all of the points I have mentioned above concerning live-in care. Consider what your parent would want. Would live-in care be a good fit? Many families feel like they only have one choice for 24-7 care, and that it must be done in a facility. With CareFamily, you have another option, an option I have personally seen benefit families, caregivers, and seniors.
Whether you’ve just come across our site or you currently manage care through CareFamily and are looking for a longer-term option, I want you to feel free to call our number at the bottom of this site at any time for more information or to get started with live-in care. If you haven’t registered yet, be sure to do that first HERE.