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10 Benefits of Home Care for the Elderly

Let’s keep our elderly safe at home. If you’re in the process of deciding between a residential care home and finding a live-in carer for your loved one, read on to find out 10 benefits of home care for the elderly in their own homes.

10 advantages of home care

  1. Controls the spread of infectious diseases Care home residents share their air, space and equipment so they are more prone to infections as they share organisms that can easily cause infection outbreaks, such as viruses and bacteria.
  2. Receive dedicated 1-2-1 care at home
    The main advantage of engaging a live-in carer is the dedicated personalised one-to-one care your loved one will receive. You do not have to share a Carer with another 20 residents if they were in a residential care home.
  3. It’s better at home Your home is a warm place, filled with rich memories, photos and belongings collected over a lifetime. It is familiar, private and full of memories. Your routines and food are the way you like them. For someone living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, it’s particularly beneficial to be around familiar surroundings, rooms and items because they see their home as their ‘memory box’.
  4. Families can visit anytime
    Friends, family and neighbours can come and go as they please and trips out can be planned with ease.
  5. Pets can stay at home If your relative has a beloved pet, one of the benefits of personalised care means they’ll be able to keep their pet. As part of our live-in care services, we’ll make sure your chosen carer is also an animal lover and can take care of their pet as well.
  6. Support for a caregiver
    Receiving 1-2-1 care in your own home means that the new carer relieves any pressure from the family member who is currently caring for the individual, which can provide a lot of relief. A live-in carer is not only there to provide 24/7 support, but is also there to provide professional companionship to the main caregiver. In fact, it’s often the case that a carer becomes an extension of the family over time.
  7. It’s cost effective
    For the price of one bed within a care home, you can receive a live-in care service which is tailored to your healthcare needs.
  8. Feel dignified and in control
    One of the benefits of home care is your right to make choices and stay in control over life longer. Living in a nursing home usually means there are set meal times and any activities happen to a structure set by the nursing home. Whereas, if your relative receives care in their own home, their routines can remain the same, not having to adjust to another schedule. They’ll also be able to carry on enjoying their clubs, hobbies and interests whenever they like to
  9. Feel less lonely with better companionship
    Did you know that 3.6 million older people live alone in the UK, and over 2 million of those are over the age of 75 years? That’s why we offer a companionship service to give families complete peace of mind. We’ll make sure the carer’s interests and hobbies are similar to the individual. Having someone there around the clock to support them mentally as well as physically, can help them feel less alone and boost their mood
  10. Receive the specialist care needed
    If you’re looking for care for your relative, it’s vital to make sure that they receive not only the right level and quality of care, but the right type of short term or longer term support, including palliative care. This depends on which condition they might be living with. For example, our carers are trained and experienced in caring for individuals living with:

Contact us today about live-in care for your loved one

If you’d like to know more about our live-in care services,  did you know you can opt for a trial on a short-term basis to see whether Live-in care is the right care option for you or a loved one. Contact us to arrange a no obligation free care assessment, or to chat to one of our team to find out more.