Live-in care – how does it work?

The beauty of having a live-in carer is that you can continue to live in your own home rather than move into a residential care setting.

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So what’s involved?

Live in care involves having a fully trained and certified care provider move into your home to assist you with essential day to day living. You will receive a 24 hour service from your carer who will enable you to live as independent and free a life as possible. The carer will be on hand to assist with daily tasks such as washing, dressing, personal care, mealtimes, taking medicines and outings.

So how does it work?

The carer can be employed by a registered agency or care provider and can either live with you full-time or share with another carer on a part-time basis.

Reasons for choosing live-in care

There are many reasons you might choose a carer to live with you and these can range from simply wanting more human contact and communication, to assisting with daily personal activity. You may also feel that you need assistance with housework, cooking or just need a helping hand with getting out and about and doing things in the wider community. You may also have a pet that you might need assistance with.

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Choosing a Live-in Carer

It is possible to find a carer through a specialist organisation such as, who offer a range of live-in care and home assistance services. You can also seek help from your local authority as they will keep a list of regularly inspected and trained care professionals.

According to the UK government website, to operate a domiciliary care agency you need to register with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Any individual or authority providing domiciliary care should be registered with the CQC.

Professional organisations can offer you the reassurance, expertise and advice you need.

When else is home-based care a good idea?

You may choose a home-based carer for a short period of time, for example, if you are recovering from an operation or an illness. It is also a good option for someone who does not react well to change, someone living with Dementia or Alzheimer’s for example. A live-in carer can offer continuity and familiarity which are all essential for these conditions.