Social Care (care homes, and care in the home) is on the news more than ever due to the corona virus sweeping across the world.
However, one home care service, live-in care, has not received as much attention as care homes and nursing homes that are struggling to cope in the wake of the pandemic.
What is Live-in Care?
Live-in care is where a carer effectively moves in with a client in the clients home, for generally two or three weeks at a time. They provide one-to-one care during this period, helping clients with meal preparation, personal care such as support with washing and dressing, medication, companionship, and help around the home.
It allows clients to stay in their own homes, with their own routines and possessions, with no big move into a care home.
Why Live-in Care is a safe care option during a pandemic
With the help of a live-in carer, people can self-isolate at home for extended periods without the need for interacting with the public, other care home residents, or a large number of care or support staff.
The live-in carer can provide care, companionship and emotional support during this time, as well as ensuring the client stays well connected with family members by supporting the use of technology such as Zoom, Skype or WhatsApp.
Of course, all Good Oaks Live-in Carers receive infection control training and supplies of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) to ensure they are providing a safe service.
We have also been extending our live-in carers placements to reduce the need for handovers, further reducing non-essential contact.
Good Oaks Live-in Carers can help with:
- Shopping at local supermarkets, or helping manage online deliveries
- Managing medical conditions
- Remaining mobile to pick up prescriptions and source medication
- Helping around the home, cooking, cleaning, and much more.
- Providing reassurance with companionship and activities
Contact your local home care office to chat about your care needs, or phone us on 01202 757787 and we’ll be happy to help.
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Talk to Us about Live-in Care
Corona Virus FAQs
- What Personal Protective Equipment do Good Oaks Carers use?
We carefully follow Public Health England’s guidance on PPE. This means at the moment, our carers use disposable vinyl gloves and aprons, and follow strict hand-hygiene procedures.
- How long can a Live-in Carer stay with me?
This is flexible, depending on your needs and the carer’s needs. During this crisis we are aiming to extend carer’s stays with clients to reduce the need for new people coming into the house. This means instead of the usual two weeks, carers can stay three, four weeks, and sometimes longer.
- How quickly can you start?
We aim to start the same week you make the enquiry if that is what is needed, but we are flexible if you have a certain date you need care from.
- Is there any way I can read the carers's notes?
Yes – we use a cloud-based care record system that allows authorised users to log in from anywhere in the world to read care notes, check how their loved ones are, and what they’ve been doing with the Live-in Carer.
- Can I cancel Live-in Care after the shutdown ends?
Of course. There’s a short cancellation notice period you’d need to give, but we are very flexible should you no longer need our services.