Live-in care not only benefits those being cared for but has additional benefits for families. Choosing the right care for your parents or relatives can be extremely distressing but Mumby’s know from experience families who choose live-in care over a nursing home will also enjoy benefits they may not have even thought of.
Relieve the guilt
By choosing live-in care you avoid the trauma of moving your parent or loved one into unfamiliar surroundings, particularly if they do not want to move. They can remain at home and you have the peace of mind they are safe and well cared for. It might be that live-in care is a short-term solution before they will need to go into a nursing-home but if/when that time comes you will know you did everything you could to keep them in their home for as long as possible. We know this process of live-in care as a solution before a care-home goes a long way to removing any doubt or guilt when that decision has to be made.
Better at Home
The Better at Home report , Dec 2016 looked at two major concerns in the health of older people, falls and hip fractures. The findings conclusively show that people who have live-in care are less likely to fall, and far less likely to have a hip fracture than people in residential and nursing homes. The study also showed people receiving live-in care have higher levels of happiness with ‘softer’ positive outcomes; they enjoy the sense of freedom and independence that’s maintained. You can be reassured that research shows a live-in care solution is not only a safer option but one that will have more positive effect on your parent/loved one.
You’ll want to visit them
We have found that families and friends are more likely to visit relatives at home than in a care-home, and spend more time with them when there. It is always nicer to visit people in familiar surroundings, perhaps it’s your childhood home. Being at home also means families are more likely to bring children along and maintain the same level of contact they always enjoyed.
Support for an existing carer
Live-in care will also support the existing carer. It doesn’t have to replace them, but provides additional support. For example, families may feel they need to get one of their parents into a nursing-home because of the strain caring for them puts on their husband/wife. This is a particularly traumatic situation because couples may not be able to move together depending on the care home, or can’t afford it – and neither may want to. Live-in care would provide care for both parents at home, so that they could continue to live together at home with the workload removed.
Live-in care costs are comparable to nursing home care. Mumby’s companionship level of care is priced at £998 per week whereas care-homes range from £750 – £1500 per week. It is especially cost effective if looking after two people because unlike nursing homes the costs aren’t per bed and you will receive 24/7 attentive care.
An end to loneliness
We are all busy people and we might simply not have the time to spend with, or care for, our elderly relatives. Lonliness is a huge concern for many people. This was confirmed by research, commissioned by the Live-in Care Hub. High quality live-in care is the perfect solution for many families, knowing their loved one was not only cared for but was no longer lonely.
Dignity and choice
No matter how good a nursing home might be they are institutions and this means your loved one will lose some of their choices – even if it’s just small things like when you can have a cup of tea or what you’ll have for dinner. Losing your freedom to choose can impact on both physical and mental health but with live-in care your parent/loved one will benefit from staying in control for longer.
- Privacy and preferences respected
- Immediate response to needs
- Continue to visit and welcome friends and family
- Continue with hobbies or local community activities
- Keep pets
- Remain with a partner
Specialist care options
Just because your relative/parent needs specialist care doesn’t mean they can’t remain at home. Mumby’s has specialist carers who can care for people living with conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s or MS. We will also support families where we can with insights into dealing with dementia.
100% managed service
Mumby’s takes care of all our carers employment needs and contracts, we will organise back-up services where needed and keep you informed if necessary. We have a rigorous recruiting and training policy for our carers and match clients with carers taking into account their preferences and wishes. You never need worry about the admin side of things and we are contactable 24/7 if you have concerns.
Peace of mind. Regulated and approved
Finally, when choosing between live-in care and nursing care you will need to be sure that the provider is regulated. You can be confident with Mumby’s live-in care services that we are regulated by the Care Quality Commission and were rated good in all five areas of inspection. Read our full report here. The CQC is a completely independent body but the report also give insight into the opinions of our clients and carers.
To discuss care options please call us today on 0800 505 3511 or 07775 581332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.