In your role as a family caregiver you will need to make a wide variety of decisions for your aging parent. One of the most important is whether they will need care, and the type of care that is best for them. Evaluating the different options for care, and comparing these options against the needs of your aging parent, allows you to determine what is best for your senior. One option you may be considering is referred to as “live-in” elderly care. This is a type of care that is easily misunderstood, but can be exceptionally beneficial for those seniors who utilize it.

The term “live-in” elderly care might lead you to think this means an elderly home care services provider will actually come and live in the home with your parent. This is not actually the case, though this type of care does allow for someone to be with your parent 24 hours a day. With live-in care your senior will have a primary care provider. This care provider will work for 24-hour shifts three to four days out of the week. On the days when that provider is off, a secondary care provider will come in for 24-hour shifts. This means there will be a care provider in the home with your senior 24 hours a day.

A live-in care provider has the expectation of personal time in the evening and in the morning, as well as a full night of sleep. This means your parent should not expect the care provider to be “on” and doing things for them at all times, and should not require routine care in the middle of the night on a regular basis. If your senior has regular needs in the middle of the night, such as falling out of bed frequently, or wandering at night, live-in care might not be the appropriate choice for them. Instead, they will need a care provider who is available to care for them in an awake and alert state. This type of elderly care involves a care provider coming into the home in the evening and staying awake throughout the night until their shift ends in the morning.

You do not have to feel alone when you are a family caregiver. Making the decision to care for your senior loved one means giving of your time, energy, effort, and resources, but it does not mean you have to take on all of these responsibilities by yourself. Elderly care can help. Having an elderly home care services provider handle some of the care tasks for your parent not only gives you greater flexibility and more time in your schedule, but it also diversifies your senior’s care. This can stimulate their mental and emotional health and well-being, give them more opportunities for activity and experiences in their daily life, and encourage more independence and autonomy. This can help you to experience less stress and worry, and can help your parent enjoying a more fulfilling lifestyle throughout their later years.