Home care assistance can be expensive especially when care is needed in 12, 16 or 24 hour shifts. Live-in care is provided to clients who need around the clock assistance and supervision with their personal care needs such as bathing, dressing, oral and skin hygiene, mobility assistance, medication reminder and with housekeeping services such as meal preparation, cleaning of the clients’ homes, feeding the clients and medical escorts to doctor’s appointments.
The live-in rates are priced on a daily basis and the service is best suited for the elderly client who lives alone and wants to live in the comfort of his/her own home. This needed service helps to assure the relatives of the elderly client, that their loved one is being provided and cared for at home. Live-in care can also be provided on a temporary basis, for instance if an otherwise active client needs help at home while recuperating after having surgery.
The caregiver although a “live-in caregiver” still maintains her own residence, where she goes whenever she wants a break or a vacation. Although a great economical alternative, not every client is a live-in candidate. For instance, the client that has dementia or some other ailment that keeps him up at night, will not benefit from this type of service, because the caregiver needs to be alert at all times to care for the needs of the client. In a case like this, the hourly companion service should be offered, so as to maintain the quality of care being provided and also to maintain the good health of the caregiver.