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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

Elderly care can be difficult to provide for your aging loved ones, especially when you work, live far away, and/or have children that require care and attention. As their needs and demands increase, you can’t always offer the 24/7 care they require at home. You may try to schedule regular visits from caregivers and family members to attend to their needs. However, a decline in physical and/or cognitive functions or a change in a situation where one parent now lives alone may prompt you to consider round-the-clock care.

Moving your elderly parent to an assisted living facility or a retirement home is not your only option.

Live-in and 24-hour home care can ensure a caregiver is available to address any personal needs – and provide senior companion care - day and night in their own home. Companionship is known to improve senior’s moods and stave off loneliness and isolation that can lead to depression. According to WebMD, one in three older adults lack companionship, with many feeling isolated.

Home Care for Elderly in Their Own Homes

Sometimes, assisted living care provided by you or a reputable home care agency is not enough as seniors age. Signs that indicate a switch to 24/7 care at home include:
  • Increased signs of bruising that indicate falls or trips
  • Wetting the bed or other “accidents” due to an inability to make it to the bathroom on their own
  • Greater reliance on assistive equipment
  • Wandering around and away from the home
  • Increased confusion due to advancing dementia
  • Feeling isolated or overwhelmed caring for themselves alone
  • Assistance to drink or eat
  • A recent move from rehabilitation or a hospital visit
  • Decreased agility and/or mobility due to a stroke or chronic condition
  • A move by family or friends who provided care

Most seniors want to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible. 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 elderly 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.  

The Difference Between Live-in and 24-Hour Care

While live-in and 24-hour caregivers 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.

Live-in caregivers stay in the home day and night to perform duties outlined on the care plan. One caregiver could work during the week and another on the weekends. Live-in caregivers are provided an 8-hour break and sleeping bed to rest.

  • Pros: With just two scheduled caregivers, you and your loved one may form a stronger bond. In addition, 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 the elderly diagnosed with dementia.
  • 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.

What's the Best Elderly Care Choice?

Live-In Care for the elderly is appropriate when your loved one:

  • Sleeps through the night with minimal assistance
  • Does not require constant attention to prohibit wandering or other potentially dangerous activities

24-Hour Care is appropriate when your elderly loved one:

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

Live-in or 24-hour care can serve as a temporary solution to seniors just recovering from surgery or returning from rehab. It also can allow you or other family members to take a much-need 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.

While live-in and 24-hour in-home care is paid by the client, Medicaid can provide assistance in some situations depending on financial and physical needs as well as state residence. Medicare Waiver Programs  provides support to the elderly with special needs. Veterans long-term care and other long-term care insurances may assist with payments.

Home care provides essential elder assistance on an hourly, overnight, 24-hour and respite care basis. Care plans include a variety of services that attend to personal care, hygiene, housekeeping, personal hygiene, meal preparation, transportation, medication reminders and more. Visiting Angels even offers certified palliative care programs, dementia care and Alzheimer’s care.



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

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

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