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Why Choose Live-in Care?

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Agincare are a leading provider of live-in care services and are recognised within the public sector as offering highly competitive rates that are often significantly lower than those of our competitors. As an organisation we passionately believe that good care, which enables an individual or a couple to continue to safely live in their own home, should always be offered as a first choice option.

Sadly, however, we find that too often admission into a care home is presented as the only viable option for elderly clients, particularly those with increasing levels of confusion and dementia. The irony of course is that for those with dementia, the move into a care home and away from everything familiar tends to cause increasing confusion and a general deterioration in their condition.

There are many good reasons to consider the live-in care option and the ultimate aim of this information sheet is to outline some of these reasons and provide answers to some of those questions you may have which, taken together, will enable you to make a considered choice. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have further questions.

You do not have to sell your home

Having to sell the family home to pay for the cost of care is understandably deeply unpopular and appears to penalise those who have saved regularly and bought their own home. There is, however, an option and live-in care provides it. A little known fact is that if you need your home to live in, then it cannot be taken into account as an asset when calculating the cost of care. Therefore, if you continue to live at home with a live-in care worker your home remains yours to bequeath or do with as you wish.

This is particularly relevant for those who have been assessed as needing care, but have combined assets amounting to more than £23,250 (the point at which clients become responsible for the full cost of their care).

What is live-in care and what do care workers do?

Live-in care provides for a care worker to stay with you in your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The care worker will need a bedroom and is entitled to a 2 hour break each day. Whilst they are on call for 24 hours a day it is expected that there will be minimal interruptions throughout the night.

Care workers provide assistance with all levels of personal care/continence/medication management/meal preparation/domestic assistance in the home/attendance at appointments. Helping to maintain independence often plays a key role, as does providing companionship and a watchful eye to maintain safety. The list is endless, differs with each individual, and is determined by your specific needs.

Doesn't residential care provide the same service?

Residential care is a great option for those who want it and who would benefit from the companionship that may be on offer. Evidence suggests, however, that the majority of older people would rather be cared for in their own home than move into a care home or other institution.

Live-in care enables this to happen with costs comparable to average care home fees and of course without the loss of your home to pay for it. Of particular importance is that live-in care enables you to remain at home with a spouse, other family member or your pets. Local friendships and support networks can be maintained and, with the support of your care worker ,participation in local community activities can be encouraged. By continuing to remain at home, familiarity is maintained, and the fear and increased confusion caused by moving to an unfamiliar setting is avoided. Independence can be encouraged at whatever level is appropriate and, most importantly, a greater control and say in day to day life can be maintained.

It must also be mentioned that live-in care is a 1:1 relationship, with your individual needs determining the day to day activities. Whilst a residential home provides a safe environment, it cannot provide the level of support or interaction offered by a live-in care worker.

What does live-in care provide that domiciliary care doesn’t?

The short answer is time; time to get to know your needs and assess the level of assistance required, time to help you to re-learn lost skills, time to provide companionship and improve emotional well-being, time to provide truly personalised care.

Perhaps the greatest benefit is the peace of mind afforded by knowing that a care worker is on hand 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to maintain your safety and security within your own home.

Who do you provide live-in care for?

The majority of our clients are older people who have chosen to remain at home. Some fund their own care, others are funded by the Local Authority or NHS. Increasingly, we are being asked to provide care for couples who wish to remain at home together.</p><p>Live-in care, however, is provided to people of all ages, with a wide range of dependency levels and needs. Those needs can include physical disabilities, chronic or terminal illness, mental health problems or a learning disability. The need may be non-specific and may primarily be to maintain your safety and well being.</p><p>Support workers can be provided for younger people. This service is tailored to individual needs and can include support with studying, working, leisure etc.

Live-in Care Case Studies

We could not believe that there was a service that could provide support so quickly. We were so surprised when we were told about it. We usually have to fight to get support, but this was so easy. She (the support worker) has been fantastic and made such a difficult time easier. She is such a hard worker and my Mother (Mrs Hammond) told me that she is wonderful. If she says that, it is high praise indeed.

We could not believe that there was a service that could provide support so quickly. We were so surprised when we were told about it. We usually have to fight to get support, but this was so easy. She (the support worker) has been fantastic and made such a difficult time easier. She is such a hard worker and my Mother (Mrs Hammond) told me that she is wonderful. If she says that, it is high praise indeed.

Mrs H lives at home. She is a poorly lady with long-term health needs and mild confusion and requires assistance in all aspects of daily living. Her primary carer was her husband. Mrs H was also supported by the Portsmouth reablement team attached to the hospital to enable her as far as possible.

We could not believe that there was a service that could provide support so quickly. We were so surprised when we were told about it. We usually have to fight to get support, but this was so easy. She (the support worker) has been fantastic and made such a difficult time easier. She is such a hard worker and my Mother (Mrs Hammond) told me that she is wonderful. If she says that, it is high praise indeed.

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