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Answers to Common Live-In Care Questions in West Sussex

Answers to Common Live-In Care Questions in West Sussex
Date published: 13 November 2023 Author: Zoe Armbrust Categories:

Live-in care is a popular option for people who need help with daily activities and want to remain in their own homes. It can be a good alternative to care homes, especially for people who value their independence and want to stay in familiar surroundings.

Jo White-Smith, Promedica24 Regional Care Consultant in West Sussex, answers five common live-in care questions, demystifying the process and providing a deeper understanding of the realities.

Is live-in care only for the elderly?

No, live-in care is available to anyone. While a significant portion of our West Sussex clients are over the age of 65, we also assist individuals of all ages who require care. Whether living alone or with family, we offer full-time or temporary support. For those requiring ongoing care post-hospital stay, our Hospital Discharge package is available, along with Respite Care packages for families needing short-term relief.

Is live-in care expensive?

Of all the live-in care questions I get asked, this is probably the most common one. Many people are surprised to learn that home-based live-in care costs are comparable with private care home fees. Many, particularly in the South of England, charge over £2,000 per week, compared to Promedica24’s Advanced Care package at £1,565 per week.  One of the main benefits of live-in care is that you keep your life’s biggest asset – your home! There are financial options available to fund live-in care without having to sell your home. Staying in your own home is particularly helpful for those living with dementia, as they can benefit from remaining in familiar surroundings.  For couples, it means a spouse can continue to live with their loved one without becoming their main carer – live-in care means they can continue to maintain their independence, yet remain close to their partner by living in the family home together. We provide a person-centred service so every client’s needs are assessed carefully, and we will recommend the most appropriate, best-value care package.

Is live-in care the same as care homes?

Live-in care at home enables people to continue their life with as little impact as possible. The upheaval of leaving one’s home can often have an adverse effect on a person’s physical and mental health, so remaining in the comfort of one’s own home can have significant benefits. Additionally, one-on-one support provides family members with the peace of mind of knowing that their loved one has constant care and support around the clock. This is particularly comforting as the pressure on the care system is set to increase  –

“as the ageing population of West Sussex is expected to rise exponentially in the next 10 years.”*

Family members can continue to be involved in the care of their loved one, including end-of-life care and associated financial planning. As the West Sussex Promedica24 Care Consultant I actively encourage families to contact me if they have any questions or require additional support.

Does live-in care limit independence?

Promedica24’s live-in carers are there to facilitate and enable people to continue to lead life as they know it. The level of care given will depend on individual care needs, but the people we support maintain as much autonomy and independence as they are able, which is not often available in private care homes. Family and friends can visit freely– no visiting hour restrictions– and individuals can continue to remain part of their communities by attending local events and social gatherings such as coffee mornings. The live-in carer will support them to maintain a feasible lifestyle so that their social network remains intact – essential for ongoing physical and mental well-being.

What training do live-in carers receive?

At Promedica24, we train our carers to the highest standards to provide proper and comprehensive care and invest in their continuous learning and development. As part of the assessment process, we will match the most suitable care worker with the client, based on physical, mental and medical needs and of course personality! Our recruitment procedure is very thorough and robust, and the West Sussex Care Manager will continually monitor our staff on a regular basis.

I am also always available to chat through any issues or concerns a person we support or their family member may have. Contact and communication are key to ensuring we are providing the best support service possible.

I hope the above provides some clarity on live-in care questions that you may have been wondering about and gives you the confidence to start a conversation about the future care of a loved one. I am available to chat in complete confidence with no obligation – as your Regional Care Consultant for West Sussex, you can call me on weekdays and weekends on 01243 282826 or 07901 550860. As a former nurse, I am trained to listen and help. If you prefer to email me please contact: j.white-smith@promedica24.co.uk

 

* Amanda Jupp Chair – West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board Cabinet Member for Adults and Health West Sussex County Council – WEST SUSSEX JOINT DEMENTIA STRATEGY 2020 TO 2023

https://westsussex.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s14920/Appendix%20A%20-%20Strategy.pdf

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