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28 October 2017

The Top Reasons Live in Care is Best for Your Loved One

If you have an elderly loved one who needs assistance, be it physical assistance, medical assistance, assistance with household chores, or a combination of all of these, then you may be wondering whether or not you should take advantage of live in care or have your loved one placed in a care home or centre. If you were to compare these two options, you would quickly realise that live in care is better in so many ways. Here are the top reasons why live in care is best for your loved one.

Help them retain their dignity and independence
Even though someone is old, this doesn’t mean that they don’t value their dignity and independence. On the contrary – most elderly individuals value this more than anything else, especially when they know that they are physically weaker and are no longer able to do some things that they used to do. By providing your elderly loved one with live in care, you can help them maintain their dignity and independence, and this is a big boost for their mental and emotional health.

Live in care allows elderly people to stay in control of their lives to a certain degree, and their routines and their privacy will not be disrupted or violated. Also, if your loved one continues to stay at home, it will be easier for them to maintain their social routines, especially when it comes to visits from friends and family. Staying at home also means that your loved one can still enjoy their interests and hobbies in the community, whether it’s visiting a local club, tending a garden, or taking a stroll through their favourite park.

Preserve their memories with a familiar, comfortable environment
Live in care is also more beneficial in that your loved one can still be ensconced in an environment which is familiar to them – their home. It is, after all, where they have carved out memories, where they feel comfortable, and where their belongings and simple treasures are kept. Being in a familiar, comforting environment is particularly important for elderly individuals who have dementia, who can certainly benefit from being surrounded by objects they know, and maintaining routines they have been doing for years.

A more economical option
There’s a belief that live in care is an expensive option, but this is a mistake. In fact, live in care can be a lot less expensive than sending your loved one to stay in a care home since your loved one doesn’t have to move to another location and there’s no need to pay for room and board on top of paying for professional care. There are plenty of live in care agencies which can provide expert caregivers for your loved one, and these caregivers are expertly trained and experienced as well.
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