Compare 24 Hour Home Care With A Live-In Home Health Aide, Guilford, CT
There are important home health aide differences between 24 hour home care and live-in care to consider when thinking about care that is around-the-clock
Guilford is a charming US town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. The community here is vibrant and friendly, making Guilford a great place to live, raise a family, work, and retire. Most of our older folks want to remain in their homes, and age with independence and dignity. Comfort Keepers of Guilford, CT, helps local seniors to do just that. Whether it’s a little part-time help with daily chores, or full around-the-clock care, we're here to assist. For those needing extensive care that is around the clock, it is important to take a look at the difference between 24 hour home care and live-in care. Overall, the differences lie with the management of your loved one’s home health aide. Although both systems give continuous care, they're still different arrangements.
Which system works best for you or a loved one depends on a number of personal factors and preferences. It's the aim of this piece to explain both arrangements in clear detail.
The Around-The-Clock Reality
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Only one third of Americans surveyed thought they'd need some kind of around-the-clock care. The reality, though, is quite different. According to a US Survey conducted by Age Wave/Harris Interactive, up to two thirds of all American seniors will need around-the-clock assistance. Comfort Keepers in Guilford, Connecticut, offer flexible, fully-customized options in 24 hour home care solutions.
How A Home Health Aide Helps With 24 Hour Home Care
These plans differ somewhat to live in care (see below). With a 24 hour arrangement, there can be two to three experienced, dedicated caregivers sharing the responsibilities on a rotating shift system. This is around-the-clock support where the Comfort Keeper on duty is awake and alert for their entire shift. Each caregiver works anywhere between an 8-12 hour shift, depending on the arrangement and number of caregivers. Some seniors and their families prefer, or need, this overlapping type of care.
Care recipients that benefit from 24 hour home care may include:
- Seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's who are prone to wandering
- People prone to falls or who have restricted mobility
- Clients who are bedbound
- Those who need medical assistance at regular intervals day and night
- Those looking for emergency care
The idea behind Comfort Keepers 24 hour home care programs is simple. We help to improve and then maintain the best possible quality of life for the care recipients. This includes all areas of living, i.e. physical, mental/emotional, and social. Sometimes this type of care is permanent, whereas other times it might only be temporary. Recovering from an accident or major surgery are two examples where temporary 24 hour assistance is useful.
The Live-In Care Difference
Live-in care plans also exist to provide quality assistance for the client and their family members. The difference is that live-in care typically involves one home health aide. With this type of arrangement the senior doesn't get, or need, full, 24 hour care. The live-in caregiver also needs to sleep and take breaks. This means the total active care is around 12 full hours, not 24. The caregiver is still there, in the home during the day and night, ready to help out in the event of a medical emergency at any time. Live-in care is less expensive than 24 hour, round-the-clock care, for obvious reasons.
What type of care is right for you or a loved one depends on specific needs, expectations and budget. Contact us today, for a free consultation on all our in-home care solutions for the seniors of this great town. You can reach Comfort Keepers of Guilford, CT, at (203) 493-7564.
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