Our live-in care services
More about our live-in care services
Live-in care is just one of our private home care services. With a dedicated live-in carer help is available round the clock, offering the peace of mind knowing that your loved ones are safe and comfortable.
It is particularly effective for people living with dementia, where continuity, routine and familiar surroundings can be extremely important.
To maintain the highest standard of home care, we have a strict employment and referencing processes to make sure that every Saga carer is someone we would trust to look after our own loved ones.
Saga live-in care offers the freedom to maintain independence in the familiar comfort of your own home, it is designed to help elderly people, in particular, to remain safe in their own homes with the support and help of a professional carer.
Live-in care allows the client to continue to follow their usual routines in safe and familiar surroundings.
There are huge advantages:
- They can stay in an atmosphere they know, surrounded by their possessions and memories.
- Contact with local friends and neighbours is uninterrupted.
- There’s no alteration to their GP services.
- They can get help with their housework, cooking and personal care.
- Long days on their own are avoided.
- Their pets can remain with them.
- They can stick to their favourite routines.
A live-in carer can help with:
- Companionship and friendship
- Meal preparation
- Light housework
- Shopping, trips, visits, errands
- Recreational support and social events
- Hobbies and seeing friends
- Mobility support and personal hygiene
- Care at home for dementia patients
- Care at home for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other chronic illnesses
Live-in care is particularly cost-effective for couples, of course, and a great help for people living with dementia, where continuity, routine and familiar surroundings are so reassuring. It can also enable younger clients with disabilities to establish or remain independent in their own home and take a full part in society
Can anyone have a live-in carer?
Live-in care is suitable for individuals or couples who can provide a spare room for the carer to sleep and keep their belongings. It is also somewhere the carer will be able to go when they take a break.
The client will also provide all meals and drinks for the carer and most clients and carers eat together.
Is live-in care suitable if my loved one has specific needs?
Saga carers are experienced and capable professionals focused on supplying individual care tailored specifically to each client, so the type of care they offer can be as unique as your loved one.
People suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s
Research has proved that one of the most crucial aspects of dementia care, especially in stage one, is maintaining established routines in a comfortable and familiar environment. That extra help of a live-in carer can enable the client to remain independent in their own home for as long as possible, which makes a huge difference to the behavioural development of the disease and can contribute to making even the later stages calmer both for the patient and those around them.
Saga carers are trained to understand the three stages of dementia so they can offer the best possible support.
- Encouraging the client to remain physically and mentally active.
- Helping them to develop their own coping strategies.
- Dealing with issues with understanding so they avoid unsettling confrontations.
- Building a trusting and familiar relationship by finding effective ways to make contact.
Adults with disabilities
Many adults with disabilities are able to maintain their independence and enjoy a full life with just a little support from professionals. Whatever their age, adults with disabilities want the opportunity to be independent and part of mainstream society. A live-in carer can give them that opportunity by taking on the tasks that they find difficult or impossible.
Our carers at Saga are fully trained to deal with any eventuality and can offer the extra support that is necessary on a one-to-one basis.
Clients with chronic conditions
clients with conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS or motor-neurone disease need a nurse who is knowledgeable about the impact of these conditions and knows how to give the support when it is needed but to allow the client the independence to do as much as they can for themselves. With the right kind of support from a Saga carer, there is the best chance that they can stay in their own home as long as possible.
Respite and post-operative care
When their main carer needs some time off, a short-term live-in care arrangement can be the ideal option to give the regular carers a well-needed break. Respite care is incredibly useful for families who provide constant care for a loved one. No matter how much you love the person you’re looking after, for your own good you will sometimes need a break – doctors may even prescribe it.
Live-in care is also helpful for people convalescing after an operation or illness.
Qualities of all Saga carers:
- Reliable: To provide a consistently high standard of service
- Flexible: To adapt to the changing needs of the client
- Caring: With a natural empathy and desire to care
- Genuine: A desire to make a difference to people’s lives
- Friendly: A member of their client’s extended family
What will the carer do?
For each individual client, the answer is different, because the carer will allocate their time as it best suits the client. An early discussion will soon establish what is needed, and that can be adjusted if circumstances change.
- Personal care: Helping with personal hygiene, washing, dressing; assistance with using the toilet, commode or toilet aids; mobility support.
- Home care: Light housework and washing up to keep the home spick and span; general housework tasks, such as washing and ironing.
- Nutritional support: Preparation of nutritious homemade meals, especially the client’s favourites; help with feeding, if necessary.
- Support services: Reminding the client to take their medication; collecting prescriptions, allowances and pension benefits; shopping from a list provided by the client; encouraging hobbies and seeing friends.
- Social services: Accompanying the client to appointments; companionship and friendship; recreational support, social events.
Are they on call all the time?
The carer will be in the home most of the time but should have a couple of hours entirely to themselves at a convenient time during each day. If necessary, someone can be organised to cover.
The carer will obviously help if there is a problem during the night but they should not be disturbed more than a couple of times a night. They need their sleep to provide good care during the day. If the client needs regular attention overnight, then an extra Night carer would be appropriate.
Saga can accommodate any length of time you may require a carer – long term or short term. Sometimes a rota of regular carers will work on a two-week pattern.
Choosing a home care agency
When it comes to making a choice about which home care agency to select, it’s important to gather as much information as possible. You need to make sure you compare different providers in order to meet your loved one’s requirements.
A day in the life of a live-in carer
I draw upon my Saga training on the first morning, absorb and remember the care plan to begin with the right structure – key is sensitivity and to really listen to the clients and their family.