Live-in care is a full-time home care solution, allowing a loved one, family member or friend to be cared for in the familiar, relaxed and private surroundings of their own home by a specially-trained carer. At Athena Care, our live-in carers support adults and children by working to bespoke care plans. For many, this one-to-one personal home care service is an ideal solution to age-related conditions, illness or disability.
Choosing how to support a loved one is a difficult decision while still keeping in mind what’s best for the family. There is no right or wrong choice, with every family situation different. But, to make an informed and considered decision, you need to first know the options available and understand the difference between live-in care at home and residential care homes.
As one of its main benefits, care at home allows a person to maintain a sense of independence and privacy that’s often lost in a communal residential care home. Remaining at home allows our clients to enjoy the same routines, hobbies and meals in a living environment they’ve known for years. They’ll be around the same neighbours, friends and area, helping to avoid wholesale change in life and ensure continuity.
While it’s often the case in communal care homes that residents deal with a high volume of care staff who they’ll struggle to really get to know and connect with, live-in care means one-to-one carers become more companions who are able offer key emotional support in addition to care.
Live-in carers are on-hand to provide as much support as is required. This includes household chores, cooking, cleaning, help with bathing and getting dressed, administering of medications, assistance with outings and trips and even help with pets.
Compiling a care plan
During the initial consultation, we’ll carefully listen to the requirements and wherever possible assist you in expressing any preferences for the care being delivered. Above all, we’ll deliver care and support the way you require it. We also understand the need to work hand-in-hand with your family and existing medical practitioners to clearly understand the conditions and circumstances.
Athena Care will match a suitable carer to the requirements you’ve laid out as well as work to ensure the carer suits the client on a personal level.
Each care assistant will provide support, companionship and practical assistance along with the reassurance that someone is always there to help when required. We can also assist you with clinical delegated health care tasks. From support with controlled medication and managing your food to complex care requirements and helping around the home – we’re here for you.
What is Respite Care?
We all need a break sometimes and it’s no different for carers who are often family members themselves. Given the demands on care assistants, they will, from time-to-time, head off on holiday and require cover while away. At Athena Care, we provide respite carers to fill in for a client’s regular care assistant, or family member, while they’re off enjoying some well-deserved downtime.
Whether a client is living at home, in an Extra Care scheme or within a residential complex, we can place a respite carer wherever they’re required. This not only offers peace-of-mind to clients themselves but to the regular carer, too, who can enjoy their break secure in the knowledge their customer is in good hands during their time off.
How does Respite Care work?
Our respite care assistants are highly-trained to handle all manner of conditions clients may have. From dementia and Altzheimers, to physical and cognitive disabilities, we’re able to place experienced, knowledgeable carers to provide cover for a few days up to 3 months. Each will be matched according to a client’s needs.
At the outset, we’ll consult with both the existing carer or family member and the customer to find out the requirements, go over existing care plans, then determine the respite plan for the interim period. We’ll work to ensure there is minimal disruption to clients while ensuring they still have as much input as they’re used to to maintain their sense of independence.
Talk to Athena Care
If you or a loved one is in need of short-term respite care, call us toll-free on 0800 234 6306 to find out more how we’re able to help.
Sleep-in & Wake-in Services
Sleep-in and Wake-in services
Sleep-In & Wake-In Services
Along with live-in and respite care, we offer a number of ancillary care services such as sleep-in and wake-in night services.
What are sleep-in care and wake-in services?
Care assistants may often be called upon to spend the night at a client’s home or possibly near-by. This is sleep-in or overnight care and, while they’re allowed to sleep, may be called upon during the night to assist with a client’s needs and ensure they’re as comfortable as possible.
If you’ve a loved one or family member who requires sleep-in care, we are able to place the right, specially-trained carer to help with everything from going to the toilet during the night and dispensing medication to simply providing peace-of-mind knowing there is someone else is in the house.
Wake-in care services
Related to sleep-in services, we also offer wake-in care where our carers will remain with our clients overnight but stay awake to perform their care duties. This helps maintain continuity of care and is usually offered from 22.00 – 07.00.
Our live-in home care services don’t only extend to adults. With affordable packages available for children and young adults, we take a family-centered approach to helping care for younger people, taking their family and friends into careful consideration as to how their care is administered.
Caring for disabled or incapacitated children and younger people takes an extra special measure of care and attention. No matter their needs, be it issues related to sensory or physical concerns, complex care requirements, autism, life-threatening conditions or otherwise, we strive to be as sensitive and considerate as possible.
Independence & Growth
We always work to insure the children and young people in our care are encouraged to be as active and independent as possible. This underpins our aim to help younger clients lead as normal lives as possible inside and outside the home.
With specialist staff on-hand, our care assistants are carefully selected and vetted with DBS Enhanced Disclosure checks on the Adult (PoVA) and Child Protection (PoCA) registers. They’ll work closely with family, friends and medical practitioners to establish the right care programme.
At the end of the day, we’re here to not only help a child in need but be of welcome relief to families who might urgently require it, helping ensure that both a child and a family are as happy, safe and free to live life as best as possible.
For more information on how we can help with live-in home care services for younger people, call us toll-free on 0800 234 6306.
Do you or a loved one have home care requirements?
Get in touch with us for more information on the live-in care services we have available.