One of the most common questions parents ask is how does live-in care differ from visiting home care? Visiting home with your elderly loved one offers many benefits. First, you have immediate contact and can engage in more personal interactions with your elderly loved one. Second, you will not be the sole caregiver for your elderly loved one. Third, home care offers a consistent level of care that is consistent week after week, month after month, year after year.
One of the biggest differences between live-in care and visiting home care is expense. Visiting home requires a set schedule, a set amount of time and you may be asked to be there for only a few hours or an entire day. With live-in care, on the other hand, the client’s needs are the most important factor when it comes to deciding how to schedule their visits. Since elderly individuals are different and more likely to require a different level of care than younger adults, it is important that you understand their needs and be prepared to meet them accordingly.
One way to help your elderly loved one adjust to their new surroundings is to make adjustments to your home as well. A good way to help ease your elderly family member’s transition is to create a familiar environment for them. If they recently moved into a new house, paint the bedroom and dining room colors that they are accustomed to. If they are moving from a nursing home to a skilled nursing facility, buy some matching bedding and towels. If they are moving from a long term care center to a short term care facility, install new televisions, exercise equipment or video games. By creating an environment that is familiar to them, you give them a sense of security and a sense of belonging.
Another consideration is services that you or the caregiver may offer them. Many elderly individuals require more individualized care than other patients. If you are working with a skilled in home-care provider, this may not be a concern for you. However, if you are hiring your own in home caregiver, you should ask what services they offer. Many elderly patients require more individualized care than others. If you do not have the skills needed to provide these personalized services, you may want to consider using the services of a live-in care provider.
While living with a live-in care provider, the elderly loved ones have less freedom than they would if they had been staying in a traditional nursing home. This is due to many of the elderly’s medical conditions. The medical treatments can be complicated and require more attention than most people have the capability of giving. Even if you are able to get all of the necessary services for your loved ones to remain healthy and well, they may still need extra help with their personal care. Visiting home requires more physical interaction with the caregiver and may require extra help from the caregiver as well.
So, if you think that the live-in care is not right for your elderly loved ones, or if you are currently in this situation, you may want to consider hiring a live-in care provider. It may be the best way for you and your loved one to stay close while providing the medical care they require. There are many agencies and companies available today that will assist you with finding an in home caregiver to fulfill your needs.