Around one in eight adults in the United Kingdom are currently responsible for caring for someone according to Carers UK. It’s an incredibly rewarding role; but also one that undoubtedly requires a massive amount of commitment. Sometimes, as much as a family member wants to provide care for their loved one, it reaches a stage where they need a greater level of care. And for lots of families, this is where private live in care comes into play.
What is private live in care, though?
When it comes to care, there have traditionally been a couple of main options. Residential care homes, and live in care. With residential care homes, people move in to a special home – often adapted to suit specific needs – usually on a permanent basis to receive round-the-clock care from carers. However, live in care enables people to receive the levels of care they need without having to leave their own homes. A live in carer will move into the home to deliver care and support on a consistent basis.
Like all carers, live in carers lead a very busy life.
Caring on a Daily Basis
Care routines will differ from person-to-person. This is because private live in care is focussed on the individual. And a routine that works for one person might not suit another. The type of condition the person receiving care is affected by will also dictate the routine.
So, for example, a live in carer’s day might begin with helping the person they’re caring for get out of bed. Though it’s something we all take for granted almost every day, people with mobility issues can find it a real struggle. Therefore this kind of support can help significantly. Personal care, like getting washed and changed, might also be delivered at the start of the day.
With the person they’re responsible for looking after up and ready for the day ahead, the carer may give them their medication. Much of this, again, depends heavily on the condition the individual is affected by. Together they may work to make breakfast.
Although they might need support with some aspects of daily life, people receiving care can still get involved. And many carers work to actively involve them as much as possible – preparing and cooking meals is just one of many activities.
Running Errands and Providing Company
A live in carer is there to provide their support – and not just medically. Whilst they will ensure that the person they’re looking after gets the care they need, a carer can support them around the home. This means keeping the home clean and tidy. It can also extend to outside of the home. For example, if a care recipient has a hospital appointment; their carer will often take them and ensure they make it on time. They might also do the grocery shopping.
It’s important to remember that caring is a calling – not just a job. Genuinely enthusiastic and very passionate about what they do, carers serve another important role. That’s the role of a friend. They’re there to listen, and talk. When someone receiving care feels frustrated, happy, or sad, they can always rely on their carer to lend a listening ear.
People are always at the centre of care. So, naturally the way care is delivered is always centred on the person.