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Live-in or 24-Hour Care Allowing Elderly Adults to “Age in Place” in Their Homes

Live-in or 24-Hour Care Allowing Elderly Adults to “Age in Place” in Their Homes

Caring for an aging loved one is a tremendous responsibility but can present practical and logistical challenges, especially when you have work or family obligations or live far away. Hiring a professional caregiver can ensure your loved one receives the dedicated attention they need to remain safe and content in their home.

If your loved one’s physical and cognitive functions diminish and their daily needs increase, they may need 24/7 in-home care. While you may consider an assisted living facility or nursing home, you have another option.

Visiting Angels offers live-in and 24-hour home care, which can ensure a professional caregiver is available to address your loved one’s needs and provide companion care – day and night. Caregivers can also help with personal care, including grooming, bathing, dressing, toileting, meal preparation, and light housekeeping.

Home Care for the Elderly in Their Own Homes

Sometimes, the in-home assistance you offer is not enough for your senior — primarily if they have specialized care requirements, mobility limitations, or a chronic illness.

Live-in or 24-hour care can serve as a temporary solution for seniors recovering from surgery or returning from rehab. Both services can allow you or other family members to take a much-needed break or go on vacation with the peace of mind that your aging loved one is safe and secure in the comfort of their own home.

Professional senior care provides essential assistance for older adults on an hourly, overnight, 24-hour, and respite care basis. Care plans include various services that meet your loved one’s needs, including personal care, hygiene, housekeeping, meal preparation, transportation, medication reminders, and more. Visiting Angels also offers palliative care programs, dementia care, and Alzheimer’s care.

Here are some signs indicating a switch to 24/7 care at home is needed:

  • Decreased agility and/or mobility due to aging, stroke, or chronic condition
  • Family and friends unable to provide care due to a move or change in circumstances
  • Feeling isolated or overwhelmed caring for themselves alone
  • Incontinence or difficulty with toileting
  • Increased confusion due to advancing dementia or age-related cognitive decline
  • Increased or frequent falls or trips
  • Mobility concerns and challenges with assistive devices
  • Requiring assistance with meal preparation, eating, or drinking
  • Returning home after hospitalization or rehabilitation
  • Wandering around and away from the home

The Difference Between Live-In And 24-Hour Care

Although “live-in” and “24-hour care” may sound the same, each has different terms and arrangements. Understanding the differences will help you determine the best choice for your senior’s specific needs and requirements.

Live-in care
Live-in caregivers stay in the home day and night to perform duties outlined in your senior’s home care plan. One caregiver may work during the week and another on the weekends.

Live-in caregivers must receive an eight-hour break each 24 hours and a bed to rest. Also, not all Visiting Angels agencies offer live-in care.

  • Pros: With just two scheduled caregivers, the caregivers and your loved one may form a stronger bond. In addition, the caregivers may become more familiar with your senior’s favorite routines and how to address special needs and moods. Familiarity is especially beneficial to older adults who have been diagnosed with dementia.
  • Cons: Your loved one will not receive direct supervision during the caregiver break. If your loved one needs access to care at all times—day and night—you may need additional support during those hours. Alternatively, another caregiver or family member could be on standby to assist during the caregiver break.

24-hour home care
In a 24-hour home care arrangement, two or more caregivers rotate eight-hour shifts to ensure someone is always awake and available day and night to help your loved one when needed.

  • Pros: A trained and alert caregiver is always awake to care for 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 aware of their movements. 
  • Cons: A team of several caregivers will be required to meet your loved one’s 24/7 care needs instead of just two caregivers. Costs are typically higher than live-in care.

What's the Best Senior Care Choice?

Live-in care for older adultsmay be appropriate when your loved one:

  • Sleeps through the night with minimal assistance
  • Does not require constant attention to prevent potentially dangerous activities like wandering

24-hour care may be appropriate when your loved one:

  • Wanders or poses a threat to themselves due to physical or cognitive limitations
  • Is frequently awake during the night or shows symptoms of “sundown syndrome” – when an individual becomes more active or agitated as evening falls

Contact Visiting Angels for Senior Care

Most seniors want to continue living in their homes for as long as possible. An AARP study reports that 77% percent of seniors want to stay in their homes as they age. Live-in or 24-hour senior care from Visiting Angels can help your loved one preserve their independence and give you peace of mind they are comfortable at home.

If you think professional home care may be the right choice for your senior loved one — either through routine visits or 24/7 care — a Visiting Angels care coordinator can provide you with more information during a free home care consultation.

Serving The Greater Toms River- Brick area and communities throughout Ocean County

Visiting Angels TOMS RIVER, NJ
74 Brick Blvd #109A
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-240-1050
Fax: 732-240-0702

Serving The Greater Toms River- Brick area and communities throughout Ocean County

Visiting Angels TOMS RIVER, NJ
74 Brick Blvd #109A
Brick, NJ 08723
Phone: 732-240-1050
Fax: 732-240-0702


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Visiting Angels of Toms River Receives 2022 Best of Home Care® – Provider and Employer of Choice Awards

Brick – Visiting Angels of Toms River announced today that it has received both the 2022 Best of Home Care® – Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice Awards from Home Care Pulse. These awards are granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on clien tand caregiver satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse. Visiting Angels of Toms River is now ranked among a small handful of home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide an exceptional working experience to employees and the highest quality care to clients.

“We want to congratulate Visiting Angels of Toms River on receiving both the Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care – Employer of Choice Award, ”says Todd Austin, President of Home Care Pulse. “Since these awards are based on real, unfiltered feedback from clients and caregivers, Visiting Angels of Toms River has proven their dedication to providing a great work environment and solid training to employees, while maintaining their focus on client and caregiver satisfaction. We are pleased to recognize their dedication to quality, professionalism, and expertise in home care.”

Best of Home Care providers have contracted with Home Care Pulse to gather feedback from their clients and caregivers via live phone interviews each month. Because Home Care Pulse is an independent company, it can collect honest and unbiased feedback.

“By winning both awards, we are part of a select few home care agencies in the nation.  This shows our dedication to the industry and striving to make it better every day,” says Dave Frost, Executive Director Visiting Angels of Toms River.

“At Home Care Pulse, our mission is to help home care businesses create an experience that goes beyond client and caregiver expectations,” says Todd Austin, President of Home Care Pulse. “We’re thrilled to recognize Visiting Angels of Toms River as a Best of Home Care award-winning provider and celebrate their accomplishments in building a team of happy, qualified caregivers who provide outstanding care for their clients.”

To find out more about Visiting Angels of Toms River’s commitment to excellence, please visit or call 732-240-1050.

About Visiting Angels- Visiting Angels is the nation's leading network of non-medical, private duty home care agencies. Licensed, bonded, and insured, we specialize in both hourly and live-in home care services for adults and seniors. From as little as 1 hour a day up to full 24-hour service, Visiting Angels provide both short, and long- term home care throughout Ocean County New Jersey. Staying Home is still the # 1 preferred choice by seniors. Simply call us to learn more about our service and how we can accommodate your individual needs. Our professionally trained staff at Visiting Angels is always available to answer your questions.732-240-1050

About Home Care Pulse

Home Care Pulse leads the home care industry in experience management, online training, and review management. Through its Care Intelligence Platform, HCP empowers home care providers to attract and retain caregivers even during a historic caregiver shortage. HCP also conducts the annual Home Care Benchmarking Study, the most comprehensive survey of home care providers in North America and administers the annual Best of Home Care awards to agencies that achieve best-in-class client and caregiver satisfaction scores. For more information, visit