Choose the Scope of Live-In Care

Live-in care is quite different from day-care and residential care, but the purpose is the same. You would want your loved one to be taken good care of when you are not around. Many people need a helping hand even when they are available. Live-in care involves the caregiver to move to your residence or the home of your ailing family member for a predetermined period of time. The type of live-in care needed will always depend on the disability, ailment or specific needs of the person. The scope of live-in care will also be partly influenced accordingly. You can choose the scope of such care and it is not necessary for you to opt for services that you may not need or compromise on some aspects that are quintessential.

Live-in care is almost always bespoke. Personalised care is at the crux of it and hence you would have to understand the needs of your loved one and accordingly discuss them with the caregiver. Basically, live-in care covers personal care, managing and administering medication, help with household chores and movement around the house. Personal care cannot be defined in a generic manner. It could be limited to helping with bathing and grooming. It may include help with changing clothes and feeding. This aspect of live-in care is not exactly medical in nature. This is more about assistive care.

• Medical care is integral to live-in care and its scope too will vary. It is possible for caregivers to abide by the prescriptions and administer all drugs but the injections or any intravenous medicines that may be needed. Not all caregivers are trained in administering intravenous drugs or giving injections. If a person needs such medicines, then the caregiver must be chosen accordingly. Medical care may have other needs depending on the treatment or recovery. A caregiver may need to help with physiotherapy or give massages. There can be other therapies or treatments as part of the recovery or just the general care needed by the patient.

• Personal or household chores should not be generalised either. The scope is quite vast. Live-in caregivers can take care of almost all ordinary household chores but there should be clarity as to what she or he is expected to do. You should also balance the workload of a caregiver. Someone who needs supervision all the time cannot have the caregiver distracted by household chores or be preoccupied with other errands.