A typical day of live-in care would be difficult to explain as no two situations are ever the same. However, what’s always clear is that this type of service offers flexibility and will allow you to follow your own schedule, whatever that may be. It’s also vital that you consider the level of Home Care you’ll receive during the time you’re in the care home. The more skilled the staff are the more likely you’ll be to feel comfortable knowing that your care needs will be met.
A typical day for a client of a live-in facility might start when they first get to the facility on their initial visit. Once they have been given their daily medication and shown where their meals are served, they will then be taken to their room. If it’s required they’ll eat in a room that is separate from the others in the home, but all in all, it will be a somewhat typical experience. As part of the agreement, you signed with the agency you will usually have access to a registered nurse on call in the event that an emergency should occur.
A typical day of live-in care also involves more routine maintenance, such as vacuuming and brushing the teeth. This will be facilitated by the trained staff at the facility and in some cases may be part of the overall agreement if you were signing on as a long-term Home Care client. Once you’ve completed all of your weekly household duties including vacuuming and brushing the teeth you will then be moved into the home or temporary care facility known as a chamber. This is a room that has its own bathroom but is located next to the patient and/or family member. Depending on the length of your contract with the agency this could be the only part of your stay if you opted for a short-term visit.
The chamber is separated from the rest of the house using carpet or a special color blanket to differentiate it. Each morning you will go into the chamber and walk straight into your own living area. In most cases, your services are extended until the evening and sometimes you will be able to choose what time you wish to visit and take a break. A typical day of live-in care includes visiting each room in order from the entryway to the bedroom.
A typical day will begin in the morning with your family member being asked to undress and put on a gown. They will then be taken through all of their rooms where there will be other people present. Once all of the rooms have been visited you will then return to your chamber. You will be dressed in your uniform for that day. Your uniform is depending on the type of live-in care service that you received but most services provide a white shirt, long pants, and a brief for the Home Care caregiver.
It can be a very trying and stressful job to be a live-in caretaker. However, most services strive to make the job as easy and pleasant as possible. If you are looking for a way to ease the stress of caring for someone and need some ideas, I would suggest talking to some agencies in your area. They will be able to give you information on what options are available to you and help you determine if this is the right profession for you.