Posted by UK Live In Care Association on 04/25/2016

Levels of live in care

Levels of live in care

Live in care providers cater for a diverse range of conditions and ailments. One of the great advantages of live in care is the fact that packages are designed to support each individual’s unique requirements and needs. In this article, we will outline the different levels of live-in care in order for you to have a better understanding of what options are available.

Long term care - Long term care is provided to individuals who wish to receive assistance at home over an extended period of time. With 24 hour care and support you can continue living life comfortably with choice and control. Your live in carer will assist you with day to day life, help you continue to enjoy your hobbies and interests and support you when required.

Short term care - This option is available for individuals who require temporary assistance at home. This could be due to intermittent conditions with fluctuating symptoms such as Multiple Sclerosis and Arthritis. Live in care can be provide on a "as of when basis", helping individuals to stay independent through the ups and downs of their condition.

Respite Care - This care option is provided to individuals whose family or primary carer wishes to take a break or holiday. Live-in care provides the individual with a similar level of attention and support that a full time family care giver may provide, but with added expertise. Your loved ones can rest assured that you'll receive unprecedented assistance and support through one to one personalised care.

Hospital recovery Care - Many live in care providers also offer post operative and hospital recovery care. This option is available for individuals who may need added support to get back on their feet after an accident, fall or operation. This includes rehabilitation for a variety of ailments including strokes. Expertly trained carers will assist you through your recovery, liaise with the appropriate health professionals and also remove the burden of running the home, helping you to focus solely on your recovery.

Palliative Care - End of life care is delivered to individuals diagnosed with life threatening, terminal and incurable conditions. This option is available for individuals who wish to remain in their homes through the final stages of life. Live in Care providers aim to provide 24 hour support, assistance, and comfort for the individual, their family and friends.

Nursing Care - 24 hour care can also be provided to people in need of frequent nursing procedures. Skilled and compassionate nurses provide the highest quality of care for complex and chronic conditions, right within the patient’s home.

Live-in nurses support people through the management of their conditions and assist them with day to day living, whilst also ensuring they live life to the fullest. Helping people living with complex and chronic illnesses remain as independent as possible.

Companionship 

Providers of live in care understand that emotional wellbeing is an important part of health. Your live-in carer will not only be there to support your personal needs but also your social needs. They will assist you with your independence, confidence and happiness by taking care of domestic chores and duties whilst also offering you comfort, friendship and conversation.

Companionship services your carer may provide include:

  • Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Company/conversation
  • Driving
  • Accompanying you on outings, trips and leisure activities
  • Administration of household bills and doctors appointments.
  • Caring for pets
  • Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Washing dishes
  • Changing bed linen
  • Gardening

Personal Care

Your bespoke care plan will be designed to meet all of your personal needs. Whatever your requirements, personal care will be delivered to the highest standard and you can retain your dignity and respect.

Your care will be carried out by experienced, compassionate and patient live-in carers who will make a tremendous effort to adapt to your changing needs, understand your requirements and learn how to put you at ease. With low staff turnover rates, live-in care gives you and your carer the opportunity to develop a long lasting trustful friendship, helping to make the process of receiving personal care less unsettling.

Personal care services your carer may provide include:

  • Help getting up and going to bed
  • Ensuring your dietary nutritional needs are met
  • Ensuring you are hydrated
  • Personal and oral hygiene
  • Dressing
  • Mobility assistance
  • Help taking medication

Specialist care 

The flexible nature of live in care means that it can be provided to a variety of individuals, each with differing levels of dependency. Live-in care for complex and specialist conditions allows the individual to remain living within their preferred environment whilst receiving high quality care and assistance. Live in carers will expertly tend to the complexity of your needs, ensuring you are comfortable, content and happy.

Specialist conditions live-in care providers’ care for include:

  • Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Spinal injuries
  • Parkinson's
  • Mental health conditions
  • Acquired brain injuries
  • Stroke
  • Neurological disorders