A guide to choosing live-in carers

Live-in carers are often associated with the elderly; those for whom moving out of their familiar environment can cause untold mental trauma, confusion, decline of quality of life and worsening prognosis.

However, many younger people with chronic, fluctuating or gradually worsening disabilities will also benefit from a live-in carer. Their carer can sometimes become their confidante, their sibling, their constant companion. In turn, the client gains a degree of independence they would be unable to manage on their own or, sometimes, even with the help of family.

Younger people with degenerative disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or motor neurone disease will have good days and bad days. On the good days, their live-in carer can help them feel better about themselves; on their bad days, their carer can look after them.

Older clients may have more complex needs, so as well as the companionship offered by a live-in carer, they may need reminders to take medication. They can require assistance with housework, being taken to appointments, or need help with washing, dressing and toileting requirements. Whatever the client’s needs, a company such as Live-In Comfort http://live-incomfort.co.uk/ can help. Their staff are experienced in all areas of care provision, and can continue to assist even when their client is in hospital or residential care. Not all carers are able to provide this level of dedicated one-to-one assistance, but live-in carers are different. They become part of the family, an unofficial relative. For that reason, it is vital that the client and the carer can trust each other and that the rest of the client’s family is also at ease with them.

Live-In Comfort offers one-to-one care in Surrey and Sussex, with night-care services in the Brighton and Hove district. The company was founded over 20 years ago and the current Registered Manager has been with them that long too. Similar companies exist all around the country, with staff who dedicate themselves to making their clients’ lives as stress-free as possible.

Clients and their families may wish to enquire about the recruitment and employment checking process. For many places, the background check is rigorous, involving a face-to-face interview, enhanced DBS check, references, verification checks and more. New staff will typically undergo both training and a shadowing programme with more experienced staff. They will often have regular contact not only with their client, but also the client’s family members, especially when dealing with dementia sufferers or those patients needing palliative care. It is therefore essential that staff can demonstrate empathy and compassion as well as the unflappable ability to deal with whatever their client’s condition throws at them.

Many live-in care providers can be in post within 72 hours of the initial request, and will stay for a minimum of two weeks, or longer if agreed. This can offer comfort and reassurance to family members, as well as ensuring that experienced staff are on hand as needed. Live-In Comfort has two decades of experience in just this area and aims to provide quality of care to anyone in Surrey and Sussex needing care and support in the comfort of their own home.

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