Live in companionship care is a long-term care solution for older adults who want to be supported to remain living in their own home. This type of care focuses on providing people with emotional support and friendship, practical help with everyday activities, and support to live as independently as possible.
Your loved one will usually be allocated one main carer who stays for six to eight weeks and then has two weeks off when a secondary carer steps in to cover for the main carer’s time off, as well as a care manager to oversee your loved one’s care.
What are the benefits of live in companionship care?
When you choose live in care, your loved one can remain in their own home with the extra support they need to stay safe and well. Elderly companion care can be tailored to each individual’s needs. This ensures your loved one receives the right level of support to allow them to continue to live their life in the way that they choose.
Here are some of the key benefits of live in companionship care.
Loneliness and isolation are common in older people living alone. With the best will in the world, most families do not have the resources to provide constant companionship and care to their loved ones. Older people can often feel particularly lonely and vulnerable in the evenings and at night.
Unfortunately, loneliness can lead to depression and other poor health outcomes.
This is where elderly companionship care can fit into the picture. When you choose a live-in carer, your loved one will never feel alone or isolated. They will always have someone to chat with, someone to share meals with and the security of having someone close by in case of any emergency. It can make a huge difference to someone’s quality of life just to have someone by their side to talk to. Everyday activities such as eating meals and watching TV are just better when you share the experience with someone who cares.
While your loved one will soon build a bond of friendship and trust with the right carer, there’s nothing quite like seeing family and old friends to lift the spirits. When you choose live in home care, family members can visit at times that suit everybody rather than having to fit into allocated visiting times. Also, there are no restrictions on the number of visitors in the way that it often is in care homes. This makes it much easier to visit your loved one and enjoy time together.
In addition, your carer can provide transport so that your loved one can visit others, attend social activities and even go on holiday as and when they choose.
Friendship is such an important part of our lives. However, older people can find it difficult to stay connected with others for a variety of reasons. This can be because their friends and neighbours have moved away or because they experience physical or mental changes that make relationships more difficult.
Your loved one’s carer will become a valued and trusted friend over time. They will be able to support your loved one in maintaining relationships that are important to them. This can be by helping with writing letters and cards or helping with technology such as video calls. They can also help with transport to visit friends or social groups.
Your carer will understand your loved one’s needs and be able to facilitate appropriate social activities to help them continue to enjoy meaningful relationships with others.
Studies have shown that staying social can lead to better mental health and a reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Being social takes a lot of brainpower and this is one of the reasons it is good for keeping us mentally healthy.
Chatting with someone over a meal, playing games or working with someone on a task such as baking a cake or completing a jigsaw puzzle can all help us retain cognitive abilities. These activities also help us feel happier, too, so it’s a win-win situation.
Participating in leisure activities can also reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Activities such as reading, listening to music, crafts, sudokus, card and board games can all keep our brains healthy.
Your live-in carer will always be there to chat with your loved one and enjoy activities with them.
As we get older some everyday activities can become more difficult. A live-in carer will take care of the practical side of life as and when necessary. Your loved one’s carer will be able to carry out household chores such as shopping, cleaning and cooking. They can also help with admin such as letter writing and filling out forms.
Health and wellbeing
It can sometimes be an effort for people living alone to take care of themselves. Many older people find they cannot always be bothered to cook a meal just for them. They may also not feel confident in taking exercise without support and guidance.
Your carer will be able to help your loved one eat well by preparing tasty, nutritious meals. They will also help your loved one engage in taking appropriate, safe exercise. Also, they will remind your loved one to take medication as well as ordering repeat prescriptions and making doctor’s appointments as required.
A live-in carer will be able to keep an eye on your loved ones’ health and wellbeing. They are trained to notice any physical, cognitive or emotional changes. This means they can seek help as early as possible and prevent any health issues from becoming worse. Your live-in carer will also be there to take your loved one to appointments whether that is a simple hair appointment to help them feel good about themselves or a necessary medical appointment.
Live in companionship carers can also help with personal care such as bathing, toileting and personal grooming if necessary. Live-in carers are trained to provide the right level of support in a compassionate way that supports your loved one’s self-respect.
A key benefit of live in companionship care is that it allows your loved one to retain their independence and continue to live life in the way that they choose. With live in care, there are no set mealtimes or bedtimes, your loved one continues to be in charge of how they live their life. The aim of live in care is to provide just the right amount of support to allow your loved one to live as independently as possible.
Elderly companion care can facilitate your loved one’s independence by enabling them to continue with hobbies and activities that are important to them. Your carer will be able to support your loved one to enjoys trips and days out and attend social activities that help them live a fulfilling life as they age.
Adapting to change
Live-in care is a very flexible care solution. This means it is easy to adapt to changing care needs. Many care providers can provide care on many different levels from elderly companion care to care for conditions such as stroke or dementia, to end of life care. This means you can be assured that your loved one will continue to be provided with the right level of support if their needs change.
A good care provider will allocate a care manager to your loved one. Their care manager regularly assesses your loved one’s requirements so that care can be adapted as necessary.
A bond between carer and cared for.
Of course, the benefits of live in companionship care depend on finding the right carer for your loved one.
Here at Mumby’s, we endeavour to match your loved one’s values, personality and interest to find carers your loved one can connect with. This helps to foster a meaningful relationship and ensure that your home carer will become a trusted friend. You and your loved one will have a say in choosing the right carers for you.
How Mumby’s can help with live in companionship care
At Mumby’s, we provide a free assessment of your loved one’s needs and preferences. We use this assessment to make sure your loved one receives the best care from someone they can build a rapport with.
If you would like more information on what live in companionship care can offer your loved one, call us free today on 0800 505 3511 for a friendly, no-obligation chat.