Live in Care For All Ages - Maintaining Support Whilst Promoting Independence

| Tuesday, July 31, 2012
By Victor Haywood

Live in care is an alternative to residential care that takes a more personal approach to full time caring. Patients will be able to stay at their homes in familiar and relaxed surroundings, which will help develop a level of independence that would almost impossible at a care home. The one-on one support offered by live-in care is also incredibly beneficial, as the carer will eventually come to feel like more of a friend or family member than an employee.

Other than elderly patients with dementia and other illnesses, younger people might also require the kind of specialist support that is only possible with live in care. Carers will act as their patient's drivers and companions, taking them on days out to places like the local cinema or shopping mall as well as potentially on holiday. Their primary function though, will be to look after their patient's home (cooking, cleaning, laundry, ironing etc.) and attend to the personal and medical needs (physical and emotional) of their patient.

Live in care is a job that requires incredibly thorough training, as these carers will effectively have lives in their hands. They will be trained in order to take care of all their patients specific needs, be this medication or helping with basic motor functions. Younger patients will also be given the metaphorical keys to a more active and fulfilling social life thanks to the emotional support and companionship offered by their carer who will help them make steps into potentially interacting with the wider community.

Partnering the right carer with the right patient is an incredibly intricate operation. First a support plan will be drawn up that will accurately assess their specific situation, this plan will be used as a template with which to select the most viable candidate and will include intricate information including the patients medical history, their bed and meal times and every service that their carer will need to provide for them. There will also be a list of 'goals' that the patient and the patient's family will want them to achieve with the help of their carer. As the bond between a carer and their patient progresses, many of these goals may change, so of course carers will need to be flexible.

Whether you are an elderly person looking for more intensive help, or a younger person with more specific needs looking for a companion and live-in helper who will be able to help you live an independent life. Live in care is the most positive and effective alternative to residential care with comparable costs and incredible results. Before a carer is placed, it will be made certain that they are the right person for the job with the right social and professional skills. And of course full profile disclosure is a given and meetings are always arranged to make sure that patients are happy with the match.

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