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Live-In And 24-Hour Home Care Services Allow Seniors in Wheat Ridge, CO and Surrounding Areas to Age in Place

With 24-hour home care from Visiting Angels, seniors in Wheat Ridge, Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado can get around-the-clock support and monitoring to help them age in place

Despite various age-related challenges, most older adults want to stay in the comfort of their own home through the entirety of their golden years. While it is easy to schedule occasional professional visits or act as a family caregiver when a loved one is in relatively good health, it may become increasingly difficult to look after a parent in need of advanced care.

A decline in Mom or Dad’s physical or cognitive faculties, often accompanied by safety concerns, may prompt you to seek around-the-clock care. However, moving your loved one into assisted living is neither the best nor the most affordable option.

On the other hand, live-in and 24-hour home care services from Visiting Angels Denver provide a preferred alternative to facilitated care and allow aging adults to remain safely and independently at home while you can have the ultimate peace of mind.

When is the Time for Ongoing Care

Sometimes, regular in-home senior care services are not sufficient to address one’s advanced care needs or safety concerns adequately.

Signs that indicate a required upgrade to 24-hour home care include:

  • Recurring bruising that may be caused by falls
  • Constant bed-wetting and other signs of incontinence
  • Increased reliance on assistive equipment
  • Frequent wandering
  • Confusion
  • Isolation
  • Recent discharge from the hospital or rehabilitation
  • Mobility issues caused by a stroke or a chronic condition
  • Relocation of the primary caregiver

The Difference Between Live-In and 24-Hour Home Care

Although similar, there are certain differences that distinguish live-in from 24-hour care. Getting familiar with these differences can help you determine which option is a better choice for your loved one’s specific circumstances.

Live-In Care

Assigned caregivers stay in the client’s home on a live-in basis. Usually, one caregiver is on duty during the week and another on the weekends. Live-in caregivers are entitled to an 8-hour break and require a sleeping room or a bed to rest.

Pros – Your loved one may form a stronger bond with only two assigned caregivers. This will allow caregivers to become more familiar with your parent’s routines, special needs, and moods, which is especially beneficial when a senior is diagnosed with dementia.

Cons – As the care recipient is not supervised when a caregiver is on the scheduled break, live-in care may not be adequate for those who require constant monitoring.

24-Hour Care

Several caregivers rotate shifts to provide around the clock monitoring.

Pros – Rotations in shifts ensure a well-rested and alert caregiver is ready to address Mom or Dad’s needs at any given time.

Cons – There is less consistency with caregivers and the costs are typically higher when compared to live-in care.

What is the Best Choice for My Mom or Dad?

Live-in care may be better for individuals who:

  • Need minimal assistance throughout the night
  • Do not require constant attention

24-hour home care is more adequate for those who:

  • Have a history of wandering or pose a threat to themselves
  • Frequently wake up during the night

At Visiting Angels Denver, we provide an array of non-medical care services designed to boost independence and quality of life at home. Our care plans include personal care and hygiene assistance, homemaking, cooking, transportation, medication reminders, and much more. Services are offered on an hourly, overnight, and around the clock basis. We also provide certified palliative care as well as specialized memory care programs.

Get in touch with our Wheat Ridge, CO office today to learn more about our 24-hour home care services.

Visiting Angels provides quality in-home senior care throughout Arvada, Aurora, Denver, Glendale, Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge and the surrounding areas of Colorado.

Each Visiting Angels agency is a franchise that is independently owned and operated. The Franchisor, Living Assistance Services Inc., does not control or manage the day to day business operations of any Visiting Angels franchised agency.