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Unpaid Carers: 10 Types of Live-In Care You Need To Know About

If you are an unpaid carer, you want to do everything you can to help take care of the needs of a loved one so they remain comfortable and independent in their own home. Many types of live-in care can give general or more complex care, alleviating unpaid carers of specific responsibilities.

Here, we will look at various types of live-in care, enabling you to discover one that will suit your loved one so you don’t have to manage your care responsibilities alone.

1. Elderly Live-in Carers

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With the support of elderly live-in care, your older loved ones can enjoy the freedom to continue making choices to help them live a full life. This home care aims to minimise disruption as much as possible, allowing a loved one to enjoy an excellent quality of life in the comfort of their own home.

Elderly live-in carers can assist with a wide range of needs, such as managing their medication, helping with personal care, and household tasks. 

With live-in carers, you can enjoy a cheaper alternative to care homes while giving your loved one more personalised and tailored care, fully supported by someone who understands their needs.

2. Dementia Live-in Carers

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People who are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can often live more comfortably in the familiarity of their own homes, and that is precisely what our dementia care services allow for. 

The safety and security that professional, trained live-in carers offer can provide you and your loved one great peace of mind.

Aside from providing companionship and helping manage the risk of isolation, dementia live-in carers can assist with household tasks and personal care. 

Dementia live-in carers bring the experience to help you and your loved one get through a recent diagnosis, especially if there’s a limited understanding of what to expect. They can promote well-being, ensuring the individual has the proper care right from the early to later stages.

3. Disability Live-in Carers

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For anyone living with a disability, Ivy Palmer can give specialised care. 

Accommodating our services to your needs, we can help individuals with personal hygiene support and taking care of their basic daily needs to allow for more independence. We can also help individuals to maintain mobility and assist with exercise, activities, and more.

Ivy Palmer has carers who can support young adults and adults with various conditions that affect mobility, such as spinal injuries and cerebral palsy. Furthermore, the one-to-one level of assistance a disability live-in carer offers can significantly help boost an individual’s confidence.

4. Post-Surgery Live-in Carers

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Those recently discharged from the hospital, whether they have recently had an operation or are recovering from an illness, can be temporarily limited in their ability to carry out tasks. For such people, post-surgery live-in carers can offer temporary care while they recover.

Carers can help monitor the client’s recovery, support their exercise regimes, and provide medication/treatment management on top of the usual daily living support.

5. Palliative Live-in Carers

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Palliative care is for those who are nearing the end of life and can use the additional support to stay as comfortable and content as possible, allowing them to make the most of their final days.

Our compassionate, patient-centred care can provide the extra support they require to assist with day-to-day tasks while managing any medication designed to ensure comfort. 

Care within a familiar environment, such as your loved one’s home, instead of a bed in a hospital can make this much easier.

6. Respite Live-in Carers

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A service designed explicitly for unpaid carers, respite care can alleviate the burden of your responsibilities. With this solution, you can have peace of mind that your loved one is still well-cared for while you can enjoy a well-deserved rest and tend to your own needs.

Whether you’re the relative or friend of someone who is ill, elderly, recovering from surgery, or otherwise needs regular assistance, we can help ensure their needs are cared for, even when you’re not there.

7. Mental Health Live-in Carers

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Mental health care is provided for those living with mental health struggles, such as Schizophrenia, ADHD, OCD, and phobias, whether events, lifestyles, or genetics trigger them. Without help, many of these people may live an isolated life, which can cause a deterioration of quality of life and the risk of further emotional health concerns.

Specialised support and compassion are often required, which a live-in carer can give. They can provide companionship, help with medication management, assist with household chores and bills, and ensure that the client’s daily needs are met.

8. Companion Live-in Carers

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Loneliness and isolation are significant mental health risks and may even contribute to cognitive decline. Our companion care services are aimed at those who struggle to perform daily tasks alone. This can include helping them get dressed, prepare food, and handle other household tasks, such as cleaning.

Aside from caring for routine needs, a carer can help individuals ensure they are socially active, providing emotional support and facilitating access to social spaces and groups. This can include driving the individual to activities, social events, appointments, and more.

9. Overnight Care

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Also referred to as sleep-in care, this solution can help those who need assistance at bedtime, such as getting into bed or taking medication at night. 

Overnight care can also help in the morning with getting dressed, preparing breakfast, and otherwise assisting one in getting ready for the day.

Sleep-in carers are often ideal for frail individuals or those with complex conditions. It provides extra security and peace of mind for them and their loved ones.

10. Personal Live-in Carers

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Some individuals may require intimate assistance with showering, toileting, and dressing tasks. Personal live-in carers can ensure that a person is treated with the dignity and compassion they deserve.

This can help individuals lead fuller lives, allowing them to receive professional support while still in their own homes and being around loved ones.

With the information above, you should understand the types of live-in care you and your loved one can access. Aside from ensuring your loved one can enjoy a better quality of life, it can provide unpaid carer support, alleviating some of your duties. 

Live-in care goes further than performing tasks alone. Our approach is also about providing companionship and ensuring that people feel genuinely respected and cared for. Contact our team today to learn more about the standard of care Ivy Palmer Home Care can offer you.