Live-in care is often confused with 24 hour or overnight care. Live-in care, whether provided by a professional caregiver or a private hire, implies the provision of room and board to the caregiver. The caregiver takes up residence in the home with the care recipient and as a resident of the home, live-in caregivers are permitted respite and sleep. There may be some sort of schedule adaptation so that the care recipient and the caregiverís sleep schedules are aligned, but generally, a live-in caregiver has a 5-8 hour period of sleep built in to the care plan.
Overnight care and 24-hour care also occur during hours when the care recipient is asleep, but the caregiver in these agreements is paid to remain awake. Oftentimes coordinated by an agency, the 24-hour period is broken up into shifts covered by multiple caregivers so that a senior is never left unattended. Hiring around-the-clock care ensures a senior remains as safe as possible at all hours of the day and night in the comfort of their own home.
Care vs. Assisted Living
Property taxes, home modifications, repairs and upkeep coupled with the cost of a care aide add up. For a senior who truly needs supervision or assistance with 24-hour availability, assisted living may be a more economical choice than around-the-clock in home care.
Since the majority of
live-in caregivers are privately hired, the logistical negatives are
largely the same as when hiring an independent caregiver. Vetting the
caregiver's background and qualifications are entirely up to the
family, and once hired independent caregivers can create tax
complications and paperwork nightmares. More importantly, though,
consider your candidates carefully. The demands on a live-in care
giver are intense and may cause relationships to sour. If there is
some risk that one or both parties may feel taken advantage of, an
alternative care option might be a better solution.
As a senior's needs increase, it isn't possible to expect untrained caregivers to provide skilled care nor is it reasonable to expect live-in caregivers to provide 24/7 care day in and day out. Respite is necessary for any caregiver to provide quality care. If a senior needs 24 hour care, it may be time to consider transitioning to a residential care setting.
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