One of the most common questions we get asked here at IP Homecare is: “What is a live-in carer? And what do they do?”. Perhaps the best answer is another question: what don’t they do? Live-in care involves the provision of 24-hour support in the comfort of your loved one’s home, but it’s about much more than just practical assistance. Live-in care is about improving their lifestyle without asking them to change the way they do things, while also creating new opportunities that might otherwise have been inaccessible.
If you’ve still got questions or you’re wondering how a live-in carer could help you or your loved one, we’ll talk you through a day in the life of a live-in carer – from looking after pets to attending medical appointments and preparing nutritious meals.
What is expected of a live-in carer?
So, what is expected of a live-in carer? For families considering this type of support, it’s important to recognise that the primary role of our live-in care staff is to enable your loved one to continue to enjoy a secure, comfortable and independent life within the familiar surroundings of their own home. The services provided by our live-in carers will vary in accordance with the specific needs of the person requiring care, resulting in tailored support with no imposed routines.
What do live-in carers do?
As mentioned, a day in the life of a live-in carer will depend on the individual needs of the person receiving care, but we’ve outlined some common types of support that may be required:
Adequate nutrition and hydration are essential for the maintenance of health and wellbeing, which is why our live-in carers are trained to provide nutritious meals based on the preferences of those they care for. If your loved one is living with a medical condition that causes a reduced appetite or difficulty with food, our carers can provide assistance with eating – from controlling portion sizes to flexibility with mealtimes and making meals look appetising. What’s more, a live-in carer can help by shopping for groceries, making sure you have enough stock of your favourite foods.
Looking after pets
One of the biggest benefits of live-in care is being able to keep people and their pets together at home. Pets make brilliant companions for elderly people, bringing a huge amount of joy and warmth to their lives – making a future in a care home without them a distressing thought. A live-in carer can help your loved one to continue to enjoy the many benefits of owning a pet, from ensuring they are fed and watered regularly, to keeping them well-groomed and taking them to any veterinary appointments they may have.
When it comes to what is expected of a live-in carer, their duties extend well beyond the domestic. A live-in carer can enable your loved one to actively participate in their local community, from attending church to taking part in exercise classes and trips to the hairdressers. For more serious appointments, such as medical appointments, our carers are on hand to offer a listening ear and ease any worries your loved one may have – while also providing you with the reassurance that your relative is in safe hands.
As we get older, it becomes a little more difficult to carry out everyday tasks around the home. Our live-in carers can assist with a wide range of domestic tasks to ensure your loved one is living in a home that is clean and comfortable, from washing dishes to ironing clothes and changing bed linen. And it doesn’t end there. Live-in carers can also help with niggly administration, such as paying bills, as well as gardening, shopping and arranging days out.
Companionship and support
One of the most important and valued aspects of a live-in carer’s role is the provision of companionship and support. For many elderly people, simply having someone there to chat with about their experiences can improve their happiness and quality of life immeasurably. For some people, friends and family are able to visit only intermittently, or are absent altogether, which is why our live-in carers often become trusted companions. Whether it’s sharing a joke over a cup of tea, playing a game of cards or simply going for a walk together, sharing quality time with an understanding and caring friend is both comforting and therapeutic.
How to become a live-in carer
So, why become a live-in carer? Simply put, providing someone with a better quality of life is one of the most rewarding jobs you can do. Live-in care provides a hugely positive alternative to residential care homes, while also giving you the opportunity to support people in an open and honest way. At IP Homecare, we’re dedicated to helping care staff reach their true potential, which is why we offer the highest quality learning and development programmes in line with the latest care guidelines and advice. So if you want to make a difference to someone’s life, we’d love to hear from you.
Find live-in care today
Do you think live-in care might be the right option for your loved one? If so, we can help. Contact our friendly care team today, who will be happy to discuss your individual circumstances and arrange a free care assessment.