What is Live-in Care?
Discovering that your elderly loved one starts to need help at home
You may be searching for some caregiving assistance to help your elderly loved one at home.
It could be that after a period of hospitalisation, you realised that your elderly parent or grandparent has become weak and could no longer walk or take care of themselves independently at home.
Or it could be that your elderly parent or grandparent has started experiencing falls at home and you are worried about their safety.
As adult children juggling full-time jobs and family commitments, you find it difficult to be there for them when they need help every hour of the day.
What is Live-in Care?
Live-in care is a home care alternative where you hire a foreign nurse, nurse aide or caregiver as a domestic worker to live with your elderly parent or grandparent to provide care for him or her.
Hiring your live-in nurse aide or caregiver also means that you would have someone there by your elderly parent’s side 24/7 to give him the care and support he needs without being checked into nursing homes or other facilities.
Your loved one is happy with being able to live in the comforts of his home.
You feel assured with a peace of mind on his safety and care.
Your live-in caregiver provides your elderly parent with assistance in his Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
As outlined by the Ministry of Health, Activities of Daily Living include washing (bathing or showering), dressing, feeding, toileting, mobility and transferring.
Your live-in caregiver is also able to assist in giving his medications on time to ensure medication compliance. They may also be able to take his vital signs and alert you if the vital signs are abnormal.
Live-in Company for Persons with Dementia
The caregiving demands and challenges for caring for elderly with Dementia may take a significant toll on you as a caregiver.
Your elderly parent may be physically healthy and simply requires a caregiver to be by his side to ensure he is looked after and engaged in the day while promoting his independence and dignity.
Sometimes, elderly with Dementia may no longer recognise certain foods or difficulties in chewing or swallowing and your live-in carer would assist the elderly with the preparation of soft food and feeding.
Care at Night for elderly who are unable to sleep
Your elderly parent may have difficulty sleeping a night or remains awake at night.
Your live-in caregiver can be hired to help with his assistance and activities at night so that family members are able to rest at night without having to worry for his safety.
Practical Home Help
In addition to the usual personal care, your live-in caregiver is able to assist in light housework, preparation of meals, washing and ironing for your elderly parent to ensure all his daily needs are looked after.
Depending on the qualifications and experience of your live-in carers you hire, your live-in caregiver may be able to assist in additional care such as:
Indwelling Catheter Care
Oxygen Therapy and Equipment