When it comes to deciding on live-in care versus a care home, it can be difficult to know what the best option is for you or your loved one.
To help you make sense of these two round-the-clock care options, we’ve put together our list of the various pros and cons for both live-in care and care homes.
Care homes offer a secure environment for you or your loved one to live in when the time comes that round-the-clock support is required. However, each home is different and you need to make sure that you do your homework as to what level of care they provide and what resources residents have access to.
The range of amenities in homes vary greatly, some have beautiful grounds, extensive event schedules and others boast hair salons and cinema rooms. The variety is almost endless, but be sure to check what is available at the home you may be considering, as many contain none of the above!
Positives of care homes
3 meals per day
Potential companionship with other residents
Assistance with medication and personal care
Negatives of care homes
Required to move home
Difficult to reverse if you or your loved one is unhappy
Can be lonely
Lack of privacy
Variations in levels of care
Small living space
Little control over who cares for you and who you live with
With 97% of us reported as not wanting to go into a care home, more and more are turning to a live-in care service, which offers one-to-one, 24/7 care, support and companionship. Someone is always on hand when you need them, whether that’s for household duties or personal hygiene.
Live-in carers are qualified professionals who are regularly trained to support low to mid-level needs.
The overwhelming benefit of live-in care is that you get to remain in the comfort and familiarity of your own home; something most of us seem to value above all else.
Positives of live-in care
Remain in the comfort of your own home
Couples can remain together
Get assistance with managing household bills
Maintain continued independence
As much companionship and support as you want
Visit friends and family whenever you want
You can keep your pets in your home
Can be assisted to places of interest
Less likely to contract a bug or virus
Negatives of live-in care
Not suitable for high-level needs
Finding the right carer for you might take time
May need to modify your home
You require a spare room for the carer
Whilst it’s certainly not an easy experience, choosing care for you or a loved one doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated.
Everycare Hants offer a free, no-obligation care consultation. We take the time to understand you or your loved one’s individual care requirements and advise on which care option suits best.
To arrange your consultation, give us a call on 01962 842548. We’d be happy to offer help any way we can.