Live-In Care

Live-in care is a type of home care service where a professional caregiver resides with the client in their own home, providing round-the-clock care and support. With live-in care, the caregiver typically stays in the client’s home for an extended period of time and is available to help with various tasks such as meal preparation, medication management, bathing, dressing, mobility assistance, housekeeping, and companionship. This continuous presence can provide peace of mind to both the client and their family, knowing that someone is available to respond promptly to any emergencies or care needs. The cost of live-in care is typically 40% less than if hourly care is in place 24 hours a day.

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How Live-In Care Can Help

Live-in care can be beneficial in several ways

Continuity of Care: A live-in caregiver offers a consistent presence and continuity of care. Unlike other care arrangements where multiple caregivers may be involved, having a consistent caregiver fosters a sense of familiarity, trust, and stability for the client, leading to better overall well-being.

Flexibility and Independence: Live-in care allows individuals to maintain a level of independence and control over their daily routines. The caregiver can adapt to the person’s schedule and preferences, enabling them to continue engaging in activities they enjoy while receiving necessary support.

Peace of Mind for Families: Live-in care not only benefits the person receiving care but also provides peace of mind to their family members. Knowing that their loved one is being cared for by a dedicated and trained professional can alleviate the stress and worry associated with providing care on their own.

Differences between Hourly and Live-In Care


Hourly Caregivers

  1. Time Commitment: An hourly caregiver provides care on an hourly basis, typically for a specific number of hours per day or week. They have scheduled shifts during which they are responsible for providing care to the individual.

  2. Residence: Hourly caregivers do not live with the individual receiving care. They typically commute to the individual’s residence to provide care during their scheduled shifts and then leave after their shift ends.

  3. Flexibility: Hourly caregivers may offer more flexibility in terms of scheduling. They can be hired for a specific number of hours per day or week, and the schedule can be adjusted as needed. They may be hired for part-time or full-time work, depending on the individual’s care needs.

  4. Care Services: Hourly caregivers provide assistance with various tasks such as personal hygiene, medication reminders, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, companionship, and other non-medical care duties.

  5. Cost: Hourly caregiving services are typically billed on an hourly basis. The cost is based on the number of hours worked and the rates set.


Live-In Care

  1. Time Commitment: A live-in caregiver resides with the individual requiring care, providing continuous support throughout the day and night. They are available to assist whenever needed, including overnight care.

  2. Residence: Live-in caregivers live in the same household as the individual receiving care. They usually have their own designated living space within the home, such as a separate bedroom.

  3. Continuous Care: Live-in caregivers are available round-the-clock and are responsible for providing care throughout the day and night. They may have scheduled breaks or downtime during the day but must be available if emergencies or immediate assistance is required.

  4. Care Services: Live-in caregivers provide a wide range of services similar to hourly caregivers, including personal care, medication management, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation, and companionship. Since they are available 24/7, they can also offer assistance during nighttime routines and respond to emergencies promptly.

  5. Cost: Live-in caregiving services are typically arranged as a flat fee for a 24-hour period or on a daily basis. The cost structure for live-in caregivers may be different from hourly caregivers due to the continuous nature of their services. Typically the caregiver has a separate bedroom and food is provided by the client.


Finding a Live-In Caregiver

Since 1998, NurtureCare has been referring experienced live-in caregivers to families. Being a live-in caregiver is a specialty—not any caregiver can reside in a clients home 24 hours a day/7 days a week on an on going basis. We go to extensive lengths to refer live-in caregivers who are experienced, compassionate, and seeking a symbiotic relationship with the family. It takes an experienced live-in caregiver to navigate when to be available and present, and when to give the client their space and privacy.

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