Live-in vs. 24-hour Care:
What’s the Difference? What Do I Need?
An AARP study reports that almost 90% of seniors want to stay in their own homes as they get older and 82% prefer to stay put when receiving daily assistance. Live-in or 24-hour care can satisfy these preferences while providing you with the comfort of knowing that they are safe in the place where they want to live.
While live-in and 24-hour care may seem redundant, terms of elderly care are different for each. Understanding the difference will help determine the best choice for a senior’s specific circumstance.
A weekly or bi-monthly rotation of 1–2 live-in caregivers* assisting with daily activities, personal hygiene care, support with walking and other mobility concerns, elder care management, and companionship.
- Pros: With the caregiver residing in the home, strong bonds may be established. The caregivers become more familiar with your senior to understand favorite routines and how to address special needs and moods. Familiarity is especially beneficial to those diagnosed with dementia and
- Cons: As the client does not receive direct supervision during the caregiver break, live-in care may not be sufficient for individuals who require care at all times of the day and night to ensure their safety and well-being.
Two or more caregivers rotate shifts to ensure someone is always awake and available day and night to help the client when needed at any time.
- Pros: A trained and alert caregiver is always awake to care and supervise your loved one. Rotations ensure caregivers are refreshed and ready> to address different situations. Seniors who wander at night can benefit from someone who is alert to their movements.
- Cons: While less consistency in caregivers, scheduled visits still prevent isolation experienced by many seniors. Costs are typically higher than live-in care.
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