Live-in Care

Round the clock care can give maximum reassurance if you need a little helping hand

For many people with physical or mental impairments, living independently becomes increasingly difficult, and the option of moving into residential care seems to become inevitable. There is, however, another option:

Live-in carers can provide round-the-clock support and enable clients to continue to live in comfort and with a higher degree of independence.

The advantages of having a live-in carer, rather than moving into a residential home, are centred on the preservation of home comforts and personal routines.

Avoiding the upheaval of moving and the standardised schedules of care homes can be of great benefit to someone, whatever their condition. Staying at home may also mean staying closer to friends, family or even much-loved pets.

At Greenwood Homecare, we will develop a personalised care plan, tailored to each client’s preferences and needs, which your live-in carer will deliver.

Live-in Care

As well as providing twenty-four hour care, a live-in carer can assist with household tasks, accompany their client on trips out or visits and also become a friend and companion.

Live-in care is suitable for those suffering with long-term or degenerative conditions, but can also be adapted to suit your needs. Short-term or periodical care can help with recovery from injuries and illnesses or with the worse outbreaks of intermittent conditions. Another important role of live-in care is providing periods of respite for family or friends who are otherwise shouldering the responsibility of full-time care.

With Greenwood Homecare, all aspects of your carer’s training, schedule and employment are dealt with by our management team, meaning that there is no need for you to worry about issues such as holiday cover. You can rest assured that your carer’s leave will be covered by qualified and familiar replacements.

If you want to find out more about the ways in which a Greenwood live-in carer could help with your situation and needs, please call us for advice and information.

More information about Live-in care

Here are some frequently asked questions.

It can be difficult to think about the idea of arranging care but, as we age, there is no getting away from the fact that sometimes support is needed to help us live comfortable, enjoyable and safe lives.

While some people may opt to move into a care home, there are trained carers readily available who can provide personalised care in your own home. Before you decide a care home is the only place to receive the additional support you need, why not consider arranging a care professional to come to your home to provide live in care?

Staying safe at home

Live-in care can allow you to remain in your home safely, and have a primary carer on hand if you need it. Sometimes referred to as 24-hour home care, live-in care is a real solution to the issue of care for the elderly. If you don’t require 24/7 care there are also alternatives such as domiciliary care where carers come to your home to help with everyday household tasks that you can no longer manage; or home care where you can receive care, help with medication, preparing and eating food but don’t require overnight assistance.

Live-in Care Services Exceed Expectations

In our experience, live in carers exceed the expectations that most people have. Our live-in carers have time to give one-to-one companionship and care. This is in contrast to a more traditional residential care home provided by the local council or by private providers, where there are often limits in place on staff regarding the amount of time they have to spend with each person in their care.

Our live in care service offers life-enhancing benefits, and we firmly believe that everyone should be aware that this can be one of the best options for elderly care. When you become frail or ill or less able to cope with everyday tasks, there are better options available than moving into an old people’s home.

Person centred care

We can help you arrange live in care as a fully managed service. Our high quality care delivers specialist care round the clock with the peace of mind that comes with knowing someone is always there to help. The one to one support provided by a live-in carer delivers better health outcomes than residential or nursing home care. We provide tailored support from a dedicated carer that enables older people to live independently in the family home in later life.

The need for care services in later life is something that most of us don’t want to think about, but planning in advance means you won’t have to make a rushed decision in an emergency. Privately funded live-in care is a first-rate alternative to a care home and an altogether different option than care in the home arranged by the local council when carers have limited time available to help and support each person.

What does live in care cost?

It is worth investigating the costs of live in care services in your own home. We think you will be pleasantly surprised when you compare it to care home costs given the superior quality around-the-clock care you will receive at home. You will be able to stay as independent as possible with a dedicated one-to-one carer focused solely on your needs.

Find out more about live-in care costs here and whether any financial support is available, or simply call us on 01733 808531.

Staying in their home, and remaining in a familiar place will provide elderly people with a sense of security and comfort that can help their mental health as well as their physical health. For an elderly person, keeping their home means keeping their independence, and live-in carers are fast becoming a desirable alternative for ourselves, and those of us with elderly relatives.

What are the benefits?

There are huge benefits to remaining at home for elderly people – staying in a well-known and well-loved area, being close to family and friends, and being able to carry on meeting socially with groups. Elderly people that have lived in their homes for many years will have filled it with happy memories that they do not wish to lose by selling up. Many elderly people will have taken care of their gardens, and some will have beloved pets that they can’t take with them into a care home.

Clients who choose to employ a live-in carer will find that they benefit from receiving one-on-one care in the familiarity and reassurance of their own home. This could be a much better option than a care home, particularly for elderly people who are living with mental health conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.

A level of care to suit you

Live in care is tailored specifically to the neds of the client, rather than the general all-round care received by those in residential care homes. This leads to live in carers and the elderly person developing a close relationship, and can lead to carers being able to anticipate the needs of the client if they change.

Living in close proximity means that the carer is able to prevent ‘old-age’ incidents such as trips and falls, and the older person will not be alone for long periods of time. Whilst the facilities offered by a care home are perfectly acceptable to many residents, the personalised care that comes from having live in care could have enormous health and well-being benefits in the long run.

Live-in care means having a carer who is fully trained come and live in your own home with you. Their role will be to ensure that all your needs are met concerning washing and dressing, taking medication, preparing and eating food, assisting with household chores and, where necessary, gardening and caring for a pet. But there are even more benefits to consider so let’s look at them more closely:

Personal care

Washing, dressing and personal grooming – these are often tasks that are very personal. Rather than having different members of a care team help you with these tasks, live in care means you’ll have the same trusted carer with you when you need help.

Medication

A live in carer can assist with medication schedules so you no longer have to worry about taking the right tablets at the right time. Carers can also change dressings as necessary.

Domestic support

With live in care, you can be accompanied when shopping and performing other chores and domestic tasks, including food preparation, cooking and gardening. If you are unable to perform these activities yourself, your carer will be able to do them for you.

Physical support

If you choose live in care, a carer will accompany you to medical appointments (hospital/doctor/dentist).

They can also provide assistance attending social events, support with day trips, and flexibility in helping you meet your own care needs. Statistics also show that older people have fewer falls when they have a live in carer than when they are in a care home.

Emotional support

One of the most important aspects of live in care is the provision of ongoing emotional support that adapts as care needs change. This allows an older person to remain in the familiar surroundings of their own home and keep up with their social events, everyday tasks and hobbies, with minimal change to their daily lives.

Both you and your carer can benefit from a live in care partnership. You can enjoy companionship (including sharing meals, watching television and playing games), social interaction (someone to chat to), or simply knowing someone is around if you need them. A fully trained carer living with you and able to offer round the clock care also boosts mental health.

Offering choice

Live in care offers you the ability to stay in your own home as a life-enhancing alternative to residential care. It means you can take control over your life and your own care in later years. You can receive high-quality care from the very best carers and still enjoy hobbies, activities and interests – the choice is yours.

Additionally, friends and family can visit when it suits; you can enjoy your favourite foods when you want them, and get support with daily life when you need it from a professional live in carer.

Greater Independence

Live in care offers greater independence to those elderly people who want to stay in their own homes whilst giving them the security of 24/7 professional care and support close by.

Those who currently benefit from live in care describe it as supporting their ability to live as they want in their own homes. They can keep to the routines they have always had, just with the necessary additional help with everyday tasks such as getting out of bed, bathing and dressing.

Relief at not having to move to a care home

For those older people and their families who are worried about care needs but have concerns about being in a residential home, live in care offers them all the help and support they need with the added peace of mind of remaining at home. This can bring a sense of relief to older people and their family who may have thought a care home was their only choice.

The benefits of live-in care for people with reduced mobility

Ageing can mean a reduction in mobility. Many conditions such as arthritis, Parkinson’s, diabetes, stroke or heart disease impact on a person’s ability to get around, which in turn can lead to a further decrease in mobility.
Always on hand

If you opt for live in care you can always be sure that there will be someone present and able to assist at any time of the day or night. Having reduced mobility covers a wide range of abilities from being unable to walk 50m to needing assistance to get across the room, out of bed or when using the toilet. Whatever restrictions on mobility you or your relative face you won’t have to face waiting for a call button to be answered before assistance comes becasue a live-in carer is always on hand.

Reduced risk of falling

Having assistance on hand whenever it is needed also reduces the risk of taking a tumble. Falls are one of the biggest reasons that older people are admitted to hospital through the accident and emergency department. Complications caused by being in hospital and a further reduction in mobility mean that some falls can lead to much more serious life-threatening issues.

Decreased risk of depression

When getting around is difficult it can be hard to find enthusiasm for life. Depression is common in the elderly and is often connected to worsening of chronic conditions. Simply having companionship throughout the day may be enough to stave off depression for some people, for others knowing that there is a non-family member who they can talk to and express their feelings to honestly can also help.

Travelling

Reduced mobility doesn’t need to reduce a person’s social life or lifestyle. Provided a suitable and willing carer is employed, all that is needed is a bit more planning. Unless there are other medical conditions that preclude travelling, if an older person wishes to see the world (or at least visit further afield than their home town) then their ability to get around shouldn’t be a barrier to travelling.

Consistency of care

We all have our likes and dislikes but if asked to list them all we would undoubtedly forget some or find others impossible to describe. Having live in care means having the same one or two carers providing care which means they can build a relationship and learn about you or your loved one’s preferences.

Being cared for by someone who knows instantly how to make the perfect cup of tea, where you like to put a grabber, even which arm you’d rather be offered when getting up from a chair can make a huge difference to the quality of life an older person enjoys. These may seem like small issues but having to remind a succession of different visiting carers can gradually erode a person’s sense of individuality and self-worth.

Better quality of care

You deserve the best quality of care and support as you grow older. Unfortunately, for many, their family members will have work commitments or live far away, which means that caring for an older relative simply isn’t possible. That is when it may be necessary to find professional care as an alternative to a family care-giver. But rest assured that when you choose live-in care you will benefit from dedicated one-to-one assistance and support from a trained carer 24/7.

No matter what type of care you opt for, it is essential to remember that everyone has the right to expect the following:

Safety

You should feel safe in the company of your carer, who should have the appropriate experience and skills. They should ensure you receive the highest quality of care and support according to your needs.

Consideration

Personal preferences and opinions are extremely important and should always be a factor when choosing live in care. Our carers will always treat you with consideration and respect. They will always do their very best to accommodate your needs and desires.
Quality of life

Everyone is an individual and should be treated as such. How you dress, do your hair, what you eat, when you go to bed and get up; the entertainment and activities you enjoy. These are all elements that add to the best quality of life in your later years. Receiving care at home means you will have control over all the factors that contribute to quality of life.

Need help with live in care?

Options for elderly care can be confusing, but at Greenwood Homecare, we are here to enable people to make the best decisions for their future health outcomes and peace of mind. Our care team offers both live in care and home care as well as respite care and overnight care.

As a live in care provider we have been rated Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We offer expert advice and support on whether live in care is right for you.

The majority of carers are very flexible when it comes to the services they provide, and wherever possible will tailor their care services to the individual needs of each client. This is usually discussed and agreed upon at the outset.

Flexibility built in

However, we recognise that needs can vary depending on changes in mobility, medical needs and other factors, and this means there is room for greater flexibility with your support services if your needs change over time.

Complex care needs are met

Some older people have complex medical conditions that require specialist care such as Parkinson’s disease or Dementia. With the right nursing support services and a suitable carer live in care is still an option.

A live-in carer can typically provide more tailored and complex care than is normally associated with elderly care. They still provide all of the personal care necessary, but it is the one-to-one care, the emotional support and the quality time spent simply sitting and having a chat that can really make the difference.

Familiarity when it matters

The same trusted and familiar person will be providing regular care. This can be a comfort for those people who need familiarity. For instance, for people living with dementia, staying in the familiar setting of their own home in their local area with the added interaction provided by having a live in carer has proved to be very beneficial. A live-in carer may often have the right clinical background or can arrange nursing care to help as needed.

In addition to live in care, we also provide home care and respite care. It is also possible to arrange advanced care, constant care and palliative care for those who need it.

Qualities To Look For in a Live-in Carer

How do you decide who to choose when you are considering live in carers for your elderly loved one? Read our thoughts on what attributes a carer needs to have to meet the challenges involved in looking after a person in their own home.

A Caring Nature

This may be stating the obvious but you need to feel that they care about you or your loved one as much as you do. Caring for people is more than just a job.

Qualifications and Experience

Not everyone is suited to caring for a person who may have complex health needs, or is disabled, or suffering from dementia or simply becoming frailer. Having qualifications to their name shows that live in carers have dedication to learning about the task, but the most important qualification is often experience. This is particularly relevant where there are complex medical or mobility issues and you should look for someone who has previous experience in caring for those in this situation.

They Should be Observant

Live-in carers are often the person best placed to notice changes or deterioration in a person’s condition and behaviour. Older people can change very quickly and signs such as changes to appetite or weight, increased confusion or personality changes are all things which could indicate a problem requiring medical intervention. A good carer knows what to watch out for and when to call in healthcare professionals.

Respect, Patience, Empathy and a Sunny Nature

Caring for someone day in, day out is not just a job it’s a vocation and one which requires endless capacity for patience and good humour. Older people can be challenging to look after sometimes especially where there is dementia, confusion or anger and a carer with a sunny disposition can encourage their patient to cooperate and accept the help they need.

Difficulty in doing previously easy things, memory lapses or physical limitations can lead to aggression or depression in the patient, Caring in these situations must be done with the utmost patience and understanding.

A good carer will always demonstrate respect for the person they are caring for, recognise that they once lived a life that was independent and free from the limitations and frustrations of old age. They should be able to connect and communicate easily with their patient in an empathetic way and without being patronising.

Reliability and Practicality

When you know your loved one relies on their carer for everything, including personal care and taking time-critical medications, it’s important to be sure that the carer is utterly reliable and responsible in how they carry out these important tasks. It’s also vital that a carer is never squeamish about helping with personal tasks like dressing wounds, bathing or assisting with toileting and never makes their patient feel awkward or embarrassed.

Help And Advice To Find The Best Care For You

It is natural that you and your family may have worries about care arrangements as you get older. This is not something many of us will have experienced before, and this is where Greenwood Homecare can help you. We have the experience to assist you in choosing the best care for your needs.

There are many reasons why someone may want to stay in their own home rather than go into a care home or other type of residential care, and this is understandable. You shouldn’t feel that a care home is your only choice or feel pressured to move into a care home.

The importance of individual choice

We could list all the advantages and disadvantages of a care home but, ultimately, it can simply come down to an individual’s desire to stay in familiar surroundings, with all of their belongings, that they choose an alternative to a care home.

A live in care service is a better alternative to a care home where you still receive specialist support with personal care and everyday tasks. The key difference is that you can make decisions about your own daily life that are not usually possible in a care home environment.

Taking time to make a decision

However, having someone living in your house can be a big step. You need the space to accommodate a carer and then there is also the issue about how it may feel to share your home with someone. These worries are perfectly natural, and it is a good idea to talk them through with your loved ones before you arrange live in care.

For those who are frail or ill, a tailored care programme with a live-in carer means continuing with life with minimal changes and disruption. But with the added security of having support on hand 24/7, offering peace of mind for you and your family.

Benefit from our knowledge and experience

Our experience means that we have a proven track record in matching carers with clients through a robust recruitment process to find the right carer who can provide support unique to your needs. We will assist you in selecting a carer who has the expertise and skills to provide care that meets your specific needs but is also a good match for you both in temperament and personality.

When you are ready to take that next step and discuss your care needs with professionals, our experienced care staff are on hand to offer you help and advice on everything that live in care involves.

How Greenwood Homecare can help

At Greenwood Homecare, all of our experienced carers take time to understand the needs of clients and their likes and dislikes before care begins, but they are also flexible if needs change. We have assisted many people in choosing a suitable live-in carer and understand that everyone and every carer is different, but there is someone who will be perfect for you.

We provide the very best live in care service to all our clients and are well known for our high quality care, including live in care, home care, respite care and end of life care. We have been rated Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

With a live in care package from Greenwood Homecare you could soon have a dedicated carer providing all the support you need in your own home. Call us on 01733 808531 for more advice and information.

Live-in care is a cost-effective way to provide round-the-clock support for your loved ones. Instead of transferring to a nursing home, a fully trained and carefully selected carer moves into the family home to provide one to one, 24/7 assistance, whether that’s with mobility, personal care or simply having a friendly face and peace of mind in case of a fall or accident.

Choosing Live-in Care

Arranging live-in care begins with a meeting to discuss your needs in depth. We’ll take the time to visit you at home to find out exactly what type of support you need. If your loved one has any medical conditions, for example, we’ll be able to find an experienced carer to support them. We’ll then agree a personalised care plan that your live-in carer will deliver.

You’ll also have the opportunity to tell us what kind of carer you’re looking for – perhaps whether you’d like a male or female carer, or what interests you might share. Our primary goal is to match our clients with carers who they feel comfortable around, so we’ll always put your preferences first.

How It Works

Live-in care differs from other types of home care as the carer moves into a spare room in the family home, so they’ll always be there when you need them, day or night.

As well as providing tailored support such as mobility help or toileting, live-in carers prepare food for themselves and their clients and can help with everyday domestic tasks like washing up or laundry.

Most carers work for two weeks on, two weeks off rotations. You’ll therefore be matched with two carers who’ll be in good communication with each other to ensure a smooth handover. This arrangement means that you’ll never be left without care while your live-in carer rests.

Due to the intensive nature of support they provide, carers are also entitled to a two hour break each day. This can be arranged for a mutually convenient time, and we can organise a pop-in carer to cover if you’d prefer to have support for those hours.

You’ll find it doesn’t take long to get used to live-in care, as you maintain familiar routines and surroundings and friends and family can still come and go as you please.

Your carer is there to help you get the most out of each day, whatever that looks like for you. To find out how live-in care could help you, give us a call on 01733 808531.

The first step to arranging live-in care for your loved one is as simple as picking up the phone. You’ll be able to discuss your care needs with an advisor, who’ll arrange a convenient time to visit.

Home Assessment

We take the time to visit you in your own home so we can really understand the type of care you require. This is an opportunity for us to get to know what kind of support you or your loved one needs, as well as to understand their preferences and what they enjoy doing.

From any medical conditions that need specialised care to whether you’d be more comfortable with a male or female carer, we’ll listen carefully to find the perfect match for you.

After meeting, we’ll create a personalised care plan that your live-in carer will follow. We’ll also prepare a full quote, so there are no surprises later down the line.

Meeting Your Carer

Once we’ve found a carer for you, you’ll have the opportunity to meet them before they move in. This is a chance for you to ask any questions you may have, for example about their past experience or interests, as well as to see if they feel like the right fit for you or your loved one.

Finding the right live-in carer is a big decision and we’ll never pressure you into choosing someone that doesn’t feel right. Our team is dedicated to finding the perfect carer for each individual, creating long-lasting, happy partnerships between the two.

Care Delivery

It can take as little as a week for us to find your perfect carer, who’ll then move into the family home and start delivering round-the-clock care.

For you or your loved one, this should be an easy adjustment, since your routines, lifestyle and surroundings remain the same. Your carer will make every effort to make the process as smooth as possible, learning how you like to do things and adapting to fit your lifestyle.

We aim to create great pairings between our carers and clients that will last for as long as you need them. We’ll regularly review your care plan together to make sure it still works for you, but if you ever have a problem, we’re just a phone call away.

To start arranging live-in care for your loved one, call us on 01733 808531.

If you or your loved one needs extra support to live independently in your own home, live-in care could be for you.

Our carers live with their clients to provide peace of mind that help is always on hand when you need it, while letting you get on with the lifestyle you enjoy.

There are many reasons why a person might opt for live-in care, whether for companionship, help with mobility or support with personal care. Here’s how our live-in carers could help you.

Dementia Care

Live-in care for Dementia gives individuals 24/7 access to a highly skilled carer with minimal disruption to their usual routine. Our live-in carers offer support with personal care, meal preparation, companionship and more in a setting that’s familiar and comfortable, minimising anxiety and uncertainty.

Care for Progressive Health Conditions

A live-in carer who deeply understands the needs of their client can make an enormous difference for people living with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis. Live-in carers allow people suffering from a long-term condition to continue living independently, with round-the-clock specialist care to ensure their comfort and safety.

Live-in Care After a Stay in Hospital

People who’ve been hospitalised following an illness or injury will likely want to return home as soon as possible. Live-in care provides this freedom by allowing individuals to recover in their own homes, with fully-trained carers on hand to make sure they’re well supported.

An Extra Pair of Hands

If you or your loved one is suffering from illness, an injury or limited mobility, it can be hard to stay on top of everyday household tasks. Live-in carers lighten the load of household chores by providing an extra pair of hands, whether that’s to run errands, help take care of a pet or cook a nutritious meal.

Respite Care

Taking a break to recharge is essential to avoid burnout and provide the best care. At Greenwood, we pride ourselves on recruiting the most caring carers, who’ll support your loved one during periods of respite.

Combating Loneliness

According to Age UK, more than one million people over 75 in England say they go for over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member. Live-in carers provide more than practical help; they are the friendly face that’s always there for a cup of tea and a chat, and can help their clients get out and about in the community as well.

Live-in Care for Couples

For elderly couples, the prospect of residential care can mean a lack of privacy and the disruption of family life. However, it is sometimes too much for one spouse to meet all the care needs of their loved one. A live-in carer can bridge the gap needed to ensure couples can continue living independently.

Whatever your situation, our team will work with you to develop a personalised care plan for you or your loved one. We take care of all the logistics, so you can focus on what really matters.

For advice on whether live-in care is the right option for you, call us on 01733 808531.

Live-in care is an increasingly popular alternative to care homes for people who require round-the-clock support, but would prefer to stay in their own home.

Whether it’s being near friends and family, maintaining routines or staying part of a much-loved community, live-in care prevents people from having to choose between independent living and their safety and comfort.

Live-in carers stay in the home of their clients to support them to live the lifestyle they enjoy. Being in the family home means our carers are available 24/7, while respecting the individual’s independence and privacy.

The benefits of live-in care:

– Greater independence for the individual
– Freedom to stay in the family home
– Proximity to community services, family or friends
– Carers fit around your routines and lifestyle
– Personalised care plans provide tailored support
– A familiar face and companionship

While live-in care is a great option for anyone seeking full-time support, it can be particularly valuable for people living with Dementia, where moving to a new environment may cause unnecessary stress and anxiety. Live-in carers provide peace of mind that there’ll always be someone there when you need them.

How could live-in care help me or my loved one?

Our warm and highly skilled carers provide a variety of services tailored to fit the needs of the individual. This could involve:

– Light housework and domestic help
– Shopping and preparing meals
– Help with personal care such as bathing and toileting
– Caring for pets
– Accompanying clients on outings
– Companionship
– Mobility support
– Help remembering medication
– Respite care
– Fixed term care for recovery from an injury or illness

At Greenwood Homecare, we’ll work with you to create a personalised care plan that your live-in carer will follow. We care deeply about matching clients with the perfect carer, ensuring happy partnerships between the two.

To find out more or to book a care assessment, call 01733 808531.

Our live-in carers provide 24/7 support to individuals in their own home. Since they fit in with your routines and lifestyle, a typical day can be anything you want it to be. Here’s what life could look like with live-in care.

Starting the Day Your Way

You’ll be able to plan with your carer what time you’d like to rise, and of course this might change depending on the day. Your live-in carer will be available to support you with getting ready, whether that’s washing and personal care, dressing or simply having a hot cup of tea waiting for when you get up.

You might eat breakfast together and discuss the day ahead, or you may prefer to eat independently. Your carer will also be able to help you with remembering and administering any medication. If you need help with domestic tasks like washing up and making the bed, they’ll be able to do that too.

A Companion for Activities

With live-in care, the days are yours to do what you wish. This might involve heading into town for some shopping, walking the dog around the park, or receiving friends and family at home. Your live-in carer is here to help you get the most out of each day, whether that means driving you to appointments and visits and letting you get on, or accompanying you in whatever activity you choose.

You’ll find that live-in care gives you more freedom, as there’s always someone on hand to make sure that you can get around safely and do the activities you love.

Down Time at Home

Our live-in carers respect your boundaries and personal space, and it might be that you’d like time to yourself at home to see family or catch up on TV.

Your carer can help with light housework or domestic tasks, or provide companionship to play your favourite game or reminisce over a cup of tea. Live-in carers are here for you, so you decide how to organise your day.

Enjoying Mealtimes

For many people, mealtimes are a social occasion. Your carer can prepare delicious food and enjoy it with you, or respect your privacy – whatever works for you. Either way, the meals they prepare will be to your tastes and preferences, from the types of food you like to where you prefer eat.

Your Evening Routine

Just as with your morning routine, your live-in carer will be ready to help with bathing, getting changed or winding down for the evening. For many people, knowing that there’s someone there through the night provides much needed peace of mind, helping you sleep soundly.

Our care plans are as varied as the people we work with, so this is just an example of what live-in care could be like for you. For more information or to book a care assessment, give us a call on 01733 808531.

If you or your loved one is living with dementia, you may need more support than usual to continue enjoying an independent life. As a family member or friend, it’s close to impossible to devote enough time to caring for your loved one while working or ensuring your own quality of life doesn’t suffer.

Many carers are understandably reluctant to move their loved one to a nursing home, which would involve not only a loss of independence but unnecessary distress for someone living with dementia.

That’s why more and more people are opting for live-in care instead, which provides the same level of care and attention, without uprooting your loved one from their home.

How Live-in Care Works

Live-in care offers round-the-clock specialist support in your own home. Live-in carers move into the family home, so are able to provide the same level of care as you would expect in a nursing home, but with a more personal touch.

Our carers are specially trained to support people living with dementia at any stage. They’ll be on hand to help with routines such as bathing and toileting, as well as preparing meals and providing companionship. Live-in carers can also help around the house, ensuring that your loved one will be able to enjoy time in their home.

Because our live-in carers work exclusively with one person, everything they do is tailored to your needs. You decide how much or little support you want to receive, with the peace of mind that help is never far away.

Providing Continuity

For someone living with dementia, moving house and shifts in routine can be daunting. Live-in carers support individuals to continue enjoying the life they love by fitting around their routines and preferences – from what activities you do each day to what you’d like to eat for dinner.

We take into account interests and hobbies as well as needs when assigning carers, creating happy partnerships with clients.

Live-in carers can also support couples where one person is living with dementia, allowing families to stay together.

Peace of Mind for You and Your Loved Ones

At Greenwood Homecare, we understand that you want what’s best for your loved ones and we’re dedicated to providing the most caring carers to make that happen.

We see our carers as more than just that – they’re the friendly face to share a cup of tea with in the morning or to enjoy reminiscing with over family photos. To find out more about how live-in care could improve your loved one’s quality of life, call us on 01733 808531.

Round-the-clock care and companionship for you or your loved ones might seem like wishful thinking, but live-in care may be more affordable than you think.

Nationally, a third of nursing homes cost £1,000 a week or more (Source), and the cost of our live-in care comes out significantly below this. Live-in care is tailored to the individual, so you only pay for the services you need, without having to follow the routines of a larger organisation.

Our care can be particularly cost-effective for couples, who may only need one carer to stay in their own home, but would need two places in a nursing home. It’s also more flexible, making it ideal for respite care or to fulfil short-term needs as well.

Add to this all the benefits that come with live-in care over a care home, and it becomes an option well-worth considering.

The Value of Live-in Care

Whether you’re looking for companionship or specialised support, live-in carers are able to devote their time fully to one person, following a tailored care plan that we’ll work together to create.

While staff in nursing homes are often stretched to look after several residents, our live-in carers provide 24/7 support to their clients. We match our carers based on interests and personality as well as skills, so they’re likely to become a friend and companion to the people they care for, rather than be just one of a number of staff they interact with.

All this can be achieved with minimal disturbance to your daily life, making live-in care particularly valuable for people living with Dementia, where upheavals to lifestyle and routine should ideally be avoided.

Your Home, Your Routine, Your Life

Needing a little extra support doesn’t mean you’re ready to give up life as you know it, and with live-in care, you don’t have to.

Unlike nursing homes, live-in care allows you to choose when you receive support, with the freedom to head out or have friends and family pop by whenever you like. It’s also a great option for people with pets, as care homes are not always able to be accommodating.

Our carers fit around your lifestyle, letting you carry on with your usual routines with the peace of mind that help is always on hand. Staying in the family home means the only change will be the level of support you receive, making it easy to adapt to receiving a little more care.

To find out more about live-in care and book your care assessment, call us on 01733 808531.

While most people would prefer live-in care over a nursing home, not everyone considers it for fear that it might be too expensive. What many people aren’t aware of is that live-in care prices are often in line with those of residential care homes, and can be significantly less.

Because live-in care is tailored to you, you don’t need to pay for the running costs of a large organisation or for services that you don’t need. The truth is, live-in care is much more affordable than you might think, and there’s plenty of support available to help cover the cost.

Local Authority Funding

Your local authority can carry out a needs assessment to see if you’re eligible for financial support.

If you have savings and assets above a certain amount (£23,250 in 2019/20), then you may need to self-fund care. However, since live-in care takes place in the family home, there’s no need to worry that the value of your home will count against you when getting an assessment.

Self-funding

It’s possible to self-fund for care through savings, pension income or financial support from family. If you’re over 65, you may qualify for Attendance Allowance, which isn’t means tested and can contribute to the cost of live-in care. If you’re not of retirement age, the Personal Independence Payment might be an option instead.

It may be worth considering downsizing your home, as smaller properties are easier to get around and require less maintenance, while still giving you independence.

Funding from the NHS

In some cases, the NHS will fund all home care costs. This is usually due to an individual having complex needs that require ongoing, specialist care at home.

To book your free care assessment and find out more about how live-in care could work for you, call us on 01733 808531.

We answer your most frequently asked questions on live-in care.

How is live-in care different from home care?

A home care arrangement usually involves a carer popping in to see their clients once or twice a day, perhaps to help them get up and dressed in the morning, or to help them prepare dinner and bathe in the evening. Live-in care is different because carers move into the family home, so they’re available 24/7 for whatever kind of support their clients need.

Who is live-in care suitable for?

Live-in care is a great option for anyone who needs extra support to be able to continue living in their own home. This could be due to a condition like dementia or mobility issues that increase the risk of falling. We create individual care plans for all our clients, as no two people’s needs are exactly the same.

Is live-in care only for older people?

Although most of our clients are elderly people, we offer live-in care to anyone who needs extra support. This could be if you’re living with a disability or suffering from an injury.

Is live-in care more expensive than a nursing home?

Perhaps surprisingly, the cost of our live-in care is below that of many nursing homes. We tailor our care plans to suit the individual, so you only need to pay for the level of care you receive.

How can I pay for live-in care?

While it’s possible to self fund live-in care through savings, pensions or help from family, there are a number of options available for financial support. See our guide on how to pay for live-in care for more information.

How do you match clients with carers?

We arrange a face-to-face meeting with all new clients before we start looking for their carer. Once we have a good understanding of your needs, interests and hobbies, we’ll look for a carer who has the right skills and personality for you. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet them yourself before they move in.

What kind of support do live-in carers provide?

The best thing about live-in care is its versatility. Our carers are fully trained to support with all aspects of personal care, such as toileting, bathing and getting in and out of bed safely. They’re also able to help with light domestic chores, cooking meals or taking care of pets. Many of our clients value the companionship that comes with-live in care as much as the help their carer provides.

Where do live-in carers stay?

Live-in carers move into a spare room in the family home. That way, they can be available whenever you need them.

Will my live in carer be with me 24/7?

How much time you spend with your carer is completely up to you. You might enjoy watching your favourite TV programmes together or reminiscing over a cup of tea, but if you prefer your own space, your carer will respect that. It’s your home and your care and you know what works best for you.

Will a live-in carer accompany me on trips?

If you have appointments or social outings planned, your live-in carer will be able to help you get to them safely and can enjoy them with you if that’s what you’d like. You may find that you’re keen to do more outside the home with the peace of mind that live-in care provides.

What happens if I don’t like my carer?

We do our best to match our clients and carers based on interests and personality and arrange a meeting before they move in, so it’s highly unlikely that you won’t get on. If you do have any problems, though, just give us a call and we’ll be able to arrange a replacement.

Can I arrange live-in care for a short period?

Short term live-in care is a great option if you’re recovering from an injury, or for respite care for families. We’ll be able to arrange a short term carer to support you for as long as you need them.

How do I set up live-in care?

Setting up live-in care begins with a care assessment so we can get to know your needs. Give us a call on 01733 808531 to get started.

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Help whenever you need it

Personalised care to suit your schedule

Daytime visits

Daytime visits provide support for you from 30 minutes up to all day long. We’ll be on hand to support you in whatever way we can, whether it is helping you to get out of bed, supporting you with household chores, or simply popping over for a cup of tea for companionship.

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Overnight care

Overnight care provides relief for your family members, whether they want to get a good night’s rest or are away on holiday. Depending on your needs our carers can be awake throughout the night or on-call and able to assist when needed.

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24/7 Live-in care

Our live-in care services give you 24/7 support, providing a better alternative to a care home. Your carer will help you maintain your lifestyle and daily routine by catering to all your needs.

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Get in touch

Leave your details and we’ll contact you to answer any questions and schedule your care assessment at your convenience. Alternatively you can email hello@greenwoodhomecare.co.uk or call one of our offices:

Peterborough 01733 808531
Grantham 01476 849522
Cambridge 01223 850938

Home Assessment

We will agree a time to come and visit you in your own home. We will take the time to fully understand your care needs, and provide recommendations as to what type of care is required.

Care delivery

Once agreed, we will begin to deliver the care. Whether hourly, live-in, or night care, we will endeavour to deliver the best possible care.

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