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Why Independence Is So Important and How Live-in Care Can Help

Elderly man playing card game with granddaughter and Live-in Carer

In this post we’ll be taking a look at independence as we age, and the role that live-in care can have in helping to preserve it.

At Access Care, we believe in empowering all of our lovely clients to live their lives fully, regardless of their age or health conditions. Our professional, friendly, and positive approach to live-in care helps to make sure that our home care clients receive the best possible care in the comfort of their homes.

In this Access Care guide, we will be delving into:

  • The importance of independence for older adults and family carers.

  • The unique benefits of live-in care.

  • How Access Care's professional caregivers can help maintain independence.

  • The advantages of home care for individuals with dementia.

  • Other options to consider for care.

  • What to look for in a good live-in carer

  • How to broach the subject of introducing a live-in carer to a loved one.

  • FAQs about live-in care and how to get started.

Let's begin by understanding why independence matters so much.


Independence and Quality of Life

Independence is such a key component of quality of life. It helps people to make choices, take part in hobbies, have a social life and to keep control over their daily routines. For older adults, independence can have a big impact on their mental and emotional well-being.

According to one study by the National Institute on Aging, maintaining independence is directly linked to higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction. When people feel in control of their lives, they are more likely to have positive emotions and a better overall outlook.

Independence for Family Carers

Independence isn't just a big deal for our clients receiving care; it's equally important for their family members who care for them. Family members who take on home care  responsibilities can often experience stress, burnout, and a sense of loss over their personal freedom. 

Having a loved one who can keep a degree of independence through live-in care can  really help to lessen these pressures. It also means family home carers are able to balance their caring duties with their own personal and professional lives, creating a healthier and more supportive family dynamic.

The Unique Benefits of Live-in Care

Live-in care offers lots of advantages that can really enhance the quality of life for clients who need extra home care support, as well as their families. Below is a detailed explanation of the benefits of live-in care:

  • Maintaining Independence:

Live-in care helps people to stay in their own homes, which plays a massive role in preserving their independence. This familiarity with their surroundings can help keep a sense of control, dignity, and routine, which are crucial for their mental and emotional well-being. The option to stay at home can often delay the need for more restrictive residential care options.

  • Customised Live-in Care:

We all have unique needs and preferences, and live-in care schedules are tailored to meet them. Whether it involves managing certain health conditions, helping with daily tasks, or engaging in favourite activities, the home care provided is highly personalised. This approach means that the home care received by the client is relevant and effective, creating a more positive home care experience overall.

  • Continuous Support:

Unlike traditional home care arrangements that involve multiple home carers or short shifts, live-in care offers continuous support. A single home carer, or a small team of home carers, provide consistent, 24 hour live-in care. This consistency can lead to stronger home carer-client relationships, better understanding of the home care client's needs, and more reliable home care delivery.

  • Companion Care: 

Loneliness can be a big hurdle for older adults, which can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Home carers not only provide essential support but also offer companion care. Having conversations, sharing activities, and even the simple presence of a live-in carer can massively improve the emotional and social well-being of the home care client.

  • Peace of Mind for Families:

Knowing that a loved one is being looked after by a dedicated home care professional 24/7 can provide immense peace of mind for family members. This reassurance allows family home carers to balance their responsibilities better, reducing stress on them and allowing them to focus on the emotional support of their loved ones.

  • Enhanced Safety:

Live-in carers are trained to manage medical emergencies, mobility issues, and daily activities that might pose risks to home care clients. Their presence ensures that help is available immediately if needed, really reducing the chances of accidents and ensuring that medical concerns are promptly addressed.

  • Holistic Health Management:

Live-in carers often work closely with other healthcare providers to ensure a cohesive approach to their home care client’s health. They can help with medication management  and follow-up on therapies, which can lead to better health outcomes for their home care client.

Live-in care can really transform the caring experience, offering a unique blend of personal attention, dedicated support, and compassionate companion care. It stands out as a great solution to help people keep their independence while receiving the home care they need.


How Access Care's Professional Live-In Carers Can Help Maintain Independence

Tailoring Care to the Home Care Client

At Access Care, we understand that each home care client is unique. As we are a highly experienced live in care agency, you can be assured that our team knows how to work closely with clients and their families to curate personalised care schedules. 

We take into account medical history, preferences, and lifestyle to ensure that our home care clients receive the best possible home care.

Variety of Support Services

Our home carers are trained to provide a wide range of support services, including:

  • Personal Care: Assistance with bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting.

  • Medication Management: Ensuring medications are taken correctly and on time.

  • Household Tasks: Light housekeeping, meal preparation, and running errands.

  • Companion Care: Engaging in activities, conversations, and providing emotional support.


Specialised Dementia Care at Home

For people who are living with dementia, remaining in a familiar environment can make a really big difference. Our home carers are trained in providing dementia care at home, ensuring that our home care clients receive compassionate and knowledgeable support.


Building Strong Relationships

At Access Care, we believe in building strong relationships with our home care clients. Our home carers are not just professionals; they become trusted companions who genuinely care about the well-being of their home care clients. This bond enhances the overall live-in care experience and contributes to maintaining independence.


The Advantages of Live-in Care for People with Dementia

Home care for people with dementia offers a range of advantages that cater to their unique needs and really help to improve their quality of life. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Familiar Environment:

Staying in the comfort of their own home provides a familiar and stable environment, which is so important for people with dementia. Familiar surroundings can help to reduce confusion and agitation, which means a more relaxed and comfortable daily life.

  • Personalised and Consistent Care:

Home care means that the care provided is tailored to the person’s specific needs and routines. Personalised care schedules help to make sure the unique challenges faced by those with dementia are always top priority, and that they always have consistent support from their home carers to help them with these challenges. 

  • Reduced Stress and Anxiety:

Being in a familiar environment can really lessen the stress and anxiety for people with dementia. The comfort of home, coupled with a structured routine, helps them feel more secure and less overwhelmed by changes, which can make dementia symptoms worse.

  • One-on-One Attention:

Home care means that clients get dedicated one-on-one attention, which is often not possible in institutional settings. This individualised approach enables home carers to give undivided attention, ensuring that the needs of their home care client are always met. 

  • Customised Therapeutic Activities:

Home carers can engage their home care clients in therapeutic activities that are specifically chosen to meet their interests and abilities. This can include memory games, physical exercise, and other cognitive activities that stimulate the mind and help slow the progression of dementia symptoms.

  • Enhanced Communication and Relationship Building:

The continuity of having the same home carers means stronger, trust-based relationships are able to develop. This consistency of home care helps to improve communication, as home carers become attuned to the non-verbal cues and behaviours of their client with dementia.

  • Family Involvement:

Home care allows families to stay closely involved in their loved one's care. Family members can stay involved in daily activities with their loved one, as well as provide emotional support, and better monitor the well-being of their loved one, creating a collaborative approach to care.

  • Cost-Effective Solution:

Home care can be a more cost-effective solution compared to institutional care settings. Families can select the level of home care care that aligns with their needs, avoiding the higher costs associated with comprehensive residential care facilities.

  • Improved Safety and Monitoring:

Home carers are trained to look out for potential hazards and provide a safe living environment. They can also monitor for any health changes and take action quickly, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring that medical emergencies are quickly seen to.

  • Emotional Comfort and Stability:

Maintaining a familiar and loving environment provides emotional comfort and stability, which are so important for clients with dementia. The presence of familiar faces, their own cherished belongings, and a consistent routine contributes to a more peaceful and contented life.

Home care for people with dementia not only addresses their specific needs but also creates an environment that ensures dignity, respect, and a higher quality of life. By opting for home care, families can ensure that their loved ones receive compassionate and specialised support tailored to their loved one’s needs.


Other Options to Consider for Care

When thinking about care for loved ones, it's important to look at all available options. While home care provides numerous benefits in maintaining independence, there are other care settings to consider:

  • Assisted Living Facilities:

Assisted living facilities offer a combined housing and personal care service, providing a safe environment for people to live. These facilities offer social activities, meals, and medical supervision. However, the structured environment and regimented schedule can limit the sense of independence. Residents may feel less autonomy over their daily lives compared to receiving care at home, which can impact their overall well-being.

  • Nursing Homes:

Nursing homes provide 24/7 medical care and support for individuals with significant health needs, including advanced dementia. The advantage is the high level of medical oversight and availability of specialised staff. Despite this, the institutional nature of nursing homes can often result in a loss of personal freedom and independence. The strict routines and unfamiliar environment can cause additional stress and confusion, potentially exacerbating dementia symptoms.

  • Memory Care Units:

Memory care units are specialised assisted living facilities designed specifically for people  with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. They offer tailored activities and environments designed to engage and maintain cognitive function. 

However, similar to other institutional settings, the standardised care model can limit personal independence. The controlled environment may also stop residents from participating in daily decisions about their care and activities.

While these alternatives provide critical support and are essential for certain stages of care, they often come at the expense of the personal freedom and independence that home care can preserve. Maintaining familiarity, continuity, and a sense of autonomy play crucial roles in the quality of life for people with dementia, making home care a preferred option whenever possible.


What to Look for in a Good Live-In Carer

Selecting a good live-in carer is so crucial for ensuring that your loved one receives the very best possible support and companion care. Here are some key qualities to look for:

Compassion and Empathy

A good live-in carer should possess a high degree of compassion and empathy. They need to be understanding, patient, and kind, ensuring that their client feels valued and respected.

Relevant Experience and Training

Experience and formal training are essential. Look for a live-in carer with the relevant qualifications and certifications in caring. Those with experience in dealing with specific conditions such as dementia or mobility issues will be better equipped to provide specialised  live-in care.

Reliability and Trustworthiness

Trust plays a big part in any caring relationship. The live-in carer should be reliable, punctual, and able to consistently deliver the necessary  live-in care support. A clean background check and references from previous  live-in care clients can help in assessing their trustworthiness.

Good Communication Skills

Effective communication is so key to understanding the needs and preferences of the  live-in care client. A good live-in carer should be able to listen actively and communicate clearly with both the client and their family.

Flexibility and Adaptability

Live-in carer needs can change over time. A  live-in carer who is flexible and adaptable can adjust their approach as required, ensuring that the changing needs of the client are met without any drop in the quality of care.

Strong Problem-Solving Skills

A competent  live-in carer should be resourceful and able to quickly solve problems that may crop up during their caring duties. This includes dealing with emergencies, managing sudden health issues, and dealing with any unexpected challenges.

Personal Connection

Finally, it's important that the  live-in carer and the home care client can form a positive personal connection. Mutual respect and a good rapport can greatly enhance the caring experience, making it more comfortable for both parties.

By carefully considering these qualities, you can select a  live-in carer who will provide the highest standard of personal support and companion care for your loved one.


How to Broach the Subject of Introducing a Live-In Carer to Your Loved One

Introducing the idea of a live-in carer to a loved one can be a sensitive and challenging conversation. Here are some Access Care tips to help you approach this discussion thoughtfully and compassionately:

Start Early and Be Patient

Begin the conversation early, before the need for a live-in carer becomes urgent. This allows your loved one time to adjust to the idea without feeling rushed. Be patient and give them time to process the information and express their thoughts and concerns.

Use Empathy and Understanding

Approach the discussion with empathy and understanding. Acknowledge their feelings and reassure them that their comfort and well-being are your top priorities. Understand that the idea of bringing a live-in carer into the home can feel intrusive or threatening to their independence.

Highlight the Advantages

Focus on the benefits of having a live-in carer. Emphasise how this support can enhance their quality of life, providing assistance with daily tasks, ensuring safety, and allowing them to remain in the comfort of their home. Discuss the emotional support and companion care that a  live-in carer can offer.

Involve Them in the Decision-Making

Allow your loved one to be actively involved in the decision-making process. Discuss their preferences and concerns, and ensure they feel a sense of control over the situation. This can include involving them in the selection of the  live-in carer and agreeing on care routines.

Seek Input from Healthcare Professionals

If your loved one's healthcare professionals support the idea, it might be a good idea to have them explain the medical and practical benefits of a  live-in carer. Their professional perspective can provide additional reassurance and validate your reasons for considering this option.

Provide Reassurance

Reassure your loved one that a live-in carer is there to support their independence, not take it away. Emphasise that the  live-in carer is there to help with specific tasks and to ensure their safety and well-being, allowing them to maintain as much autonomy as possible.

Share Positive Examples

If you know others who have had positive experiences with live-in care, share these examples with your loved one. Personal stories can help with making  live-in care seem more relatable and less intimidating for your loved one.

Address Financial Concerns

Discuss how the cost of a  live-in carer will be managed and ensure your loved one understands that this decision is financially viable. 

By approaching the topic with sensitivity, empathy, and a focus on the positive aspects of having a  live-in carer, you can help your loved one feel more comfortable and accepting of this new chapter in their care journey.


Frequently Asked Questions About Live-in Care

What is live-in care?

Live-in care involves a professional  live-in carer living with the client in their home, providing round-the-clock support and companion cafe. It is an ideal option for people who require continuous assistance and prefer to stay in their own homes.


How does live-in care differ from other care options?

Unlike other care options,  live-in care ensures continuity of care and personalised attention. The  live-in carer becomes a trusted companion, who always provides consistent support and builds a strong relationship with their  live-in care client.

What services are included in live-in care?

Live-in care services can include personal care, medication management, household tasks, companion care, and specialised care for conditions such as dementia. The services are tailored to meet the specific needs of each  live-in care client.

How do I get started with live-in care?

Getting started with live-in care is simple. Contact us at Access Care for an informal chat with one of our team, who will work with you to assess your loved one’s needs and create a personalised care schedule. We handle all aspects of  live-in carer selection and placement to ensure a seamless transition.

Is live-in care affordable?

Live-in care can be more cost-effective than some other care options, especially when considering the personalised attention and continuous support provided. 


Contact Us Today

For most people, independence is a major aspect of living a fulfilling life, and  live-in care is an excellent option to help keep that independence. At Access Care, we are committed to empowering our  live-in care clients to live their lives to the fullest, regardless of age or health conditions.


If you are looking for a reliable and compassionate live-in care agency, then look no further, contact Access Care today to learn more about our live-in care services and how we can help you maintain independence and enhance your quality of life. You can call us on 01624 319 399 or email us at hello@access-care.co.uk, we will be happy to help!


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