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How to Choose Between a Care Home and a Live-in Carer

When you are looking for care for an elderly loved one or relative, it is important to make the best decision for your needs. There are many things to consider, and it is a sensitive decision to make, but the more you know about your options, the better you can decide what to do. It can be confusing, weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of various options. The main choices you have are care homes and in-home care. Here are some things to consider when you are choosing between these two options.


Know the Advantages of Home Care

Care at home, live-in care, or home care, is where your relative receives care in their own premises. This means they are cared for in the home without having to move out. Live in care could mean a number of different things, from someone coming for a few hours a week or someone living in the house round the clock.

With home care your relative gets the benefit of being able to stay, safe and secure, in their own familiar surroundings. They keep all their own furniture and things, their own bed, their own kitchen; even their own pets. They are surrounded by the neighbours they have lived with for years. All this helps someone as they get older. People are less stressed and upset when they do not have to move. And it helps when someone has a progressive condition such as dementia, where keeping things familiar helps psychologically.

In this situation you also benefit from entirely personalised attention to your relative. This is one-to-one care and your relative will be supported in all aspects of their live, as they need it. Plus, the care plan is tailored to the individual so that all circumstances are taken into account.

Being cared for at home means that recovery time is often quicker following an illness or an accident, and the person is able to live with more independence. Losing independence is something that older people worry about, and it helps when they can get up, eat, and socialise when they want to and how they did before.

Know the Advantages of a Care Home

If your relative does not mind leaving their home, or they have grown too lonely and isolated living alone, a care home is a good solution. The care home offers all-round care at a lower price than fulltime live-in care; although you do not get quite the personalised care that you would if you were choosing a live in care option. If you are interested in a care home it is important to consider the choice carefully, as all homes are different in quality and what they offer.


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