Home Care Preferred have been providing quality live in care for people since 2012. During this time we have the pleasure of seeing clients remaining happily in their own homes.
There are very few occasions when live-in care is not a viable alternative to moving to a residential care or nursing home.
Live-in care is when a trained carer stays in a person’s home and helps them to lead the best life possible.
A carefully matched carer lives with the client. At agreed intervals they will take a holiday, during this time a replacement carer will take over.
We do! We take care of breaks, holidays, the carers pay, national insurance & tax, training, reviews, and of course we deal with any issues that may arise.
Live-in care is ideal for people who want to remain in their own home, but who are finding some aspects difficult to manage. Clients are mainly older people, however we do support younger adults, for example, people with learning disabilities.
Each client has different requirements, but help can include meal preparation, shopping, housework, personal care, accompanying to social events, assisting with administration, companionship and much more.
We provide clients with profiles of carers who have the relevant experience and who we judge will be a good personality match. The client will of course meet the carer before deciding.
Our team come from a wide range of backgrounds. The common thread is that they are kind, compassionate, demonstrate empathy and have the necessary skills to provide appropriate levels of support to our clients.
We would make sure that we find a suitable replacement. It is very rare that the carer is not suitable, mainly due to good matching from the outset.
Our live-in care service is flexible. We can provide short term support from a minimum of one week. With permanent support we ask for just 14 days’ notice if services are no longer required.
Yes, there is a management team on call 24 hours a day in case of any emergency. We keep in regular touch with our client and carer, always ensuring everyone is satisfied.
Yes, however it is important that the carer gets good levels of sleep. We assess the levels of care needed when we carry out your assessment and a agree a support plan.
Typically, the carer cooks and eats with the client, however, there is flexibility around meals. If the carer requires expensive alternatives this would be at cost to themselves.
Absolutely! As a minimum, all our carers have training in first aid, medication administration, health & safety, infection prevention & control, manual handling, customer care, safeguarding, fluid and nutrition.
They require their own bedroom with some space for their personal belongings. If there is a TV and internet connection available that is appreciated but not essential.
Definitely not! Part of our service is to encourage independence balanced with providing the help that is needed. Our carers recognise that the client may want time by themselves or private intervals with family & friends.
In our experience there can be some anxiety at the start, however, in nearly all cases our clients soon enjoy having a person living with them. We have seen so many success stories.
Quite often live-in care is more affordable than a care home. Costs range depending on support levels, so please contact us for more information. It is particularly cost-effective for a couple who need live-in support.
There are various ways to fund. It can be through a combination of savings, investment income and pensions. If people do not have this option, they can consider equity release from their property. We can put you in touch with care fee planning experts for a free of charge initial consultation.