How does live-in care differ from hourly care?

02 July 2019

Deciding whether a loved one needs care is not a particularly easy task. It requires research and an understanding or knowledge of the options available to you. Types of care can vary according to the level of support needed and is very much dependent on an individuals’ circumstances. However, some types of care and support may prove to be more beneficial than others, especially when your loved one would prefer to keep as independent a lifestyle as possible.

Live-in care and hourly care are two of the options available. Although both allow loved ones to remain in their own homes and be cared for in familiar surroundings, there are significant differences between them that friends and family members should take into account when looking into care.

  1. Immediate vs. Scheduled support

Live-in care provides a care worker that lives with individuals for a continuous period of time, offering around the clock support, as and when needed. However much or little support your loved one may require, whether it’s help around the house or medical assistance, immediate and consistent support will always be available. Hourly care, on the other hand, however regular, only provides support at certain times of the day for a certain period of time, meaning individuals don’t have access to unlimited care.

  1. Companionship

Care can also provide a source of both companionship and friendship. Live-in care provides clients with not only a care worker, but with a friendship, so it is a good option when encouraging positive social interaction and reducing isolation.

Unlike live-in support, hourly care visits are for shorter periods of times, therefore it doesn’t always give people an opportunity to bond with those caring for them. The care workers may also change on a regular basis, and as a result, hourly care may not enable a rapport to be built in the same way live-in care does.

  1. Personalised service

One of live-in care’s many strengths is that carer workers are matched to individuals based on their skills, interests and preferences. This way, care workers are more likely to build a positive relationship with who they care for and a more personal service can be provided. In addition, the continuous support allows a tailored service, where care workers are able to pay attention to detail that is not always possible in hourly services due to time constraints.

  1. Routine

With hourly care, carer workers may change on each visit depending on clients’ needs. This means services are not the most personalised and clients may not always have a set routine in terms of the people who care for them. With live-in care, however, the same care worker lives with the client for an extended period of time and that same person is responsible for support with medical issues, household chores, meal preparation, personal care and anything else the client may need assistance with.

  1. Safety

Individuals that require a more complex level of care due to high dependency conditions may greatly benefit from live-in care as it enables individuals to retain independence whilst having specialist care available. Live-in care provides safety and security due to immediate help being available in case of accidents or medical issues.

In general, both alternatives enable individuals to be cared for at their own homes, without having to relocate to unknown surroundings, which can have a negative impact on individuals’ overall mental wellbeing. However, at a time when 2 million older people live on their own, which can cause feelings of isolation and loneliness, live-in care provides social interaction and companionship all day, every day. It also means individuals don’t have to rely on support that is given only at certain times.

If you think a loved one would benefit from live-in care services provided by Promedica24, you can access “Why choose live-in care?” for more information or call our team on 0800 086 8686.

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