LIVE-IN CARE EXPLAINED

Live-in care is still relatively unknown, and sometimes misunderstood as an option for long term care provision. When you know the time has come that your family member or loved one is struggling to cope alone, and you are finding it difficult to support their increasing needs most think a care home is the only option. Oxford Aunts is an established and reputable live-in care provider who has been helping families across Oxford and beyond for over 50 years to better understand how live-in care could help. Here we explain exactly what live-in care involves and how it can be used.

Live-in care quite simply is when an experienced and dedicated carer comes and lives with you in your home to provide you with the care and support you need to carry out every day activities, with as much independence, choice and dignity as possible. They are also there to reduce the burden of day-to-day tasks, including cooking, cleaning and driving you to any appointments you may have.

An experienced and
compassionate carer

An Oxford Aunt’s carer, who is experienced in delivering hands-on care will come and live with you for a minimum of two weeks, but in most cases for several weeks, or longer which means you can build a deep-rooted relationship and you enjoy continuity of care. The care they provide will be on a one-to-one basis. Knowing that someone is there around the clock for your loved one, providing high standards of care is very reassuring for family members.

An expertly matched carer
who provides continuity of care

We have over 50 years’ experience of matching our clients with the most suitable dedicated and committed carer to best meet their needs. Where appropriate we will ask for input from family members and make sure the carer meets both your care needs and your lifestyle preferences, so life is enjoyable for you both.

A tailored plan of care and support

We take a collaborative approach to care planning, working with the individual, their family members and any healthcare or community support service involved in their care. Our dedicated carers are trained to observe changes in health and well-being, positively and efficiently responding to it and engaging professionals who can provide the support needed. Our tailored plan of care will accurately reflect not just your care needs, but will consider personal choice – how you wish to live, what and when you want to do things and what emotional and social support you may need. The care plan is reviewed regularly to ensure it is reflective at all times of a person’s holistic needs.

OUR LIVE-IN CARE SERVICE

An Oxford Aunts’ experienced and dedicated carer will provide a range of live-in care services in the comfort of your home including:

We know how important companionship is in our later years. Our compassionate and respectful carer will be matched to not only meet your care needs, but we look to match personalities and interests. We know this makes for a fulfilling and pleasurable way of life based on friendship and companionship. Whilst respecting your privacy, our carer is trained to support your psychological and emotional needs too.

Our carers are trained in management of medications, which is so important in supporting someone to live well in later life. They will proactively monitor and administer medications, ensuring they are effectively managed and any prescription required is ready as and when you need it. Peace of mind for everyone.

Whilst personal care relates to undertaking the day-to-day tasks of caring, including washing, bathing and getting dressed and undressed, it also considers a person’s confidence and self-esteem. There is nothing better than having freshly painted nails, or your hair styled how you like it – our carers will make sure you feel tip top every day.

Oxford Aunts carers have a strong understanding of falls prevention and how conditions can impact on mobility. In conjunction with our experienced Care Assessors, and liaison with multi-disciplinary teams, such as Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, we can ensure you receive the correct equipment at home. This will be life enriching and enable you to feel safe and secure when moving around your home.

Your live-in carer will carefully plan all your meals and will shop for the groceries as needed. They will then cook healthy, nutritious and enjoyable food. Many of our clients and carers enjoy cooking together as a shared pastime. Unlike a care home, you will be able to eat as and when you like.

At Oxford Aunts we know how important it is that you keep connected to your local community – whether it is a local community group you have attended for years, a stroll around a much loved shop or sitting peacefully in a local park – our committed carers will facilitate your enjoyment outside of the home and support you to do as much as you wish.

With isolation a concern as we get older, our proactive carers will facilitate you having visitors as and when you wish. Whether it is a catch up with friends, or a family occasion or celebration our carer will meet all your socialisation needs so you can enjoy life at home.

Our carer will make sure your home is clean, tidy and well-kept to the standards you should expect. Everything from dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, washing and ironing to light garden work – our carer will ensure your home is looking its very best every day.

We know how important a much-loved pet is and how difficult caring for it may be when faced with other health concerns that are impacting day to day life. With an Oxford Aunts carer you can be assured that your pet will be well cared for, whilst you able to still get all the enjoyment from them you always have.

WHEN CAN LIVE-IN CARE BE USED?

The flexible live-in care service provided by Oxford Aunts can be used in many different situations, to support your care needs including:

  • When a person needs a 24-hour live-in care because ageing and health limitations mean they need around the clock care and support to continue to have a good quality of life.
  • A respite service can be provided on a live-in basis following hospital discharge to convalesce or for those needing positive rehabilitation or to recover from illness. We know how challenging it can be for a family carer supporting a loved one and sometimes a break is all that is needed to rest and recharge. Our respite service can give you the break you need whilst you see whether 24-hour live-in care would work for you and your family.
  • Specialist care of complex conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s or cancer can be supported with live-in care on a one-to-one basis where there is more opportunity for high quality care to be provided. You really do not need to move into a care home if you have a complex condition.
  • If you need end-of-life palliative care this can also be provided as a live-in care service in the comfort of your home, negating the need to move into a residential setting or a hospice. Our carers make sure a person’s health needs are met whilst ensuring they have all their wishes, choices and preferences met.
  • Care for couples, so they can stay together as a loving couple with the personalised support they need.

OUR HIGH-QUALITY LIVE-IN CARE SERVICE INCLUDES:

  • A comprehensive assessment of your needs – our assessment will address not just your care needs but how you wish to live your life
  • Careful matching of an experienced and dedicated carer who will meet all your needs
  • A highly tailored care plan created using a multidisciplinary approach in consultation with other healthcare professionals and community organisations involved in your care, as well as where appropriate your family members or loved ones.
  • Unrivalled support from a team of two care managements experts local to you
  • Domestic and household tasks
  • Cooking, meal planning, shopping and preparation
  • 24 hours a day out-of-hours emergency support should you need it

CHOOSING A CARE PROVIDER

When you and your family have decided that you do not wish your loved one to move into a care home, but that live-in care is the best choice for you, the next stage is undertake research into the type of provider you could use to deliver the service.

There are fundamental differences between an introduction agency and a live-in care provider who offers a fully managed and regulated service, like Oxford Aunts. We are proud to been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in all five measures – safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led. We know this provides families with peace and mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.

Find out more about choosing a live-in care provider.

TALK TO US ABOUT YOUR LIVE-IN CARE NEEDS

Call our friendly and approachable team today to see how we can help you and your family.

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