It is a bespoke, cost-effective alternative to residential care, where a live-in care professional stays with a client for at least a week at a time. During their stay, they provide companionship, help around the home, medication, personal care, shopping, and help with activities and outings.
Pros – Live-in care means there is no need for a disruptive move into a care home, and a client can keep their routines, surroundings, pets and community. There is complete peace of mind for family members, as there are no gaps between visits to worry about, and someone is always on hand.
Long-term, lasting and enabling relationships can form, especially when with a care company that has a partnership-approach to homecare that treats clients and families as the experts in their life and needs.
It is more cost-effective than visiting care when someone needs help throughout the day, and it is about the same cost as residential care.
Cons – It can be a big adjustment to have someone living in your home, and there is often some trepidation about how well you’ll get on with the care professional. There is slightly less supervision and transparency than at a care home, which is why GoodOaks only works with experienced, vetted and trained care professionals, who are monitored remotely using unannounced spot checks and regular supervisions.
You also need a suitable spare room for the live-in care professional, although they can share a bathroom if required.