When is it best to start 24/7 live-in care?

Home care comes in many shapes and sizes.  From hourly companion services to visiting nurses to physical therapy, you can have many levels of assistance to thrive at home and stay safe in your environment.  Many older or disabled adults may begin with hourly visits, two to three days per week and slowly increase the frequency of those visits as their needs change while some may not need to increase the care services and remain independent at the level of care that they started with.

24/7 live-in care is an option that provides a professional caregiver or aide to stay in the home for a set period of time (days, weeks, months).  The live-in caregiver uses a bedroom in the home to sleep at night while the care receiver sleeps and is up during the day with the care receiver to assist with meals, personal care, medications, walking, and general daily activities.

24/7 live-in care is ideal for those that are at risk for falling and/or have dementia and are confused and become disoriented.   While the live-in caregiver is there to actively safeguard during the day and rest at night, he or she is present at all times in case of an emergency.  For those that are at risk for falling (i.e. they’ve fallen recently and/or more than once in the past year) having someone there to call 911 in the event of an emergency or prevent a fall by staying by the person’s side while walking or navigating stairs, can mean the difference between maintaining independence, serious injury, or even death.

24/7 live-in care for the person afflicted with dementia is a means to avoiding having to leave the familiar surroundings of home and move into a facility.  We, at Family First, have had many clients receive 24/7 live-in care in order to continue to stay in their own home and actively remain a part of their community.  It also allows the person with dementia to have a companion to interact with on a daily basis, have assistance with their daily activities, and keep a steady routine to maintain a healthy, stable cognitive state.

Finally, another great advantage of 24/7 live-in care is to support the person who has just returned home from a hospitalization, surgical procedure, or a nursing and rehabilitation stay.  It allows the person to focus on healing and regaining strength while having assistance at home and a safeguard in case of an emergency.

24/7 live-in care may be utilized on a short-term or long-term basis to help meet the person’s needs at any stage of their journey.  Feel free to call our office to schedule a free in-home consultation at 631-319-3961.

Jennifer Benjamin
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