Myths About Live-in Care | The Good Care Group

Myths about live-in care

In recent years, live-in care has gained recognition as a flexible and compassionate alternative to traditional care settings for older adults and individuals with care needs. However, despite its growing popularity, several misconceptions and myths surrounding this form of care continue to persist.

In this article, we aim to debunk these myths and shed light on the reality of live-in care. From the level of support provided to the qualifications of carers, we’ll explore common misconceptions and provide accurate information to help your family make informed decisions about your care options.

Common myths and misconceptions about live-in care

There are numerous myths and misconceptions surrounding live-in care, often leading to misunderstandings about its effectiveness and safety. By addressing these misconceptions, we hope to equip families with the knowledge needed to confidently explore and choose the most suitable care option for their unique needs and circumstances.

Live-in care isn’t safe

Myth: Some people believe that live-in care isn’t safe because there isn’t constant supervision or oversight, leading to concerns about the well-being of the care recipient.

Reality: Live-in care provided by reputable agencies, such as The Good Care Group, prioritises safety and quality of care. At The Good Care Group, carers undergo rigorous screening and training to ensure they are qualified and capable of providing safe and effective care. Additionally, care plans are tailored to the individual’s needs, and regular assessments are conducted to monitor their well-being.

Unlike many introductory agencies, we are also fully regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our compliance with CQC regulations ensures that our clients receive high-quality care from trained and vetted carers, giving them peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are in capable hands.

Live-in care is expensive

Myth: Many people assume that live-in care is prohibitively expensive, making it unaffordable for the average person.

Reality: While live-in care can be an investment, it is often more cost-effective than residential care facilities. With live-in care, individuals receive personalised one-on-one support in the comfort of their own home, eliminating the overhead costs associated with care homes. Additionally, some funding options, such as social care funding and local authority support, may help offset the cost of live-in care.

Carers are less skilled than those in a care home

Myth: There is a misconception that carers providing live-in care are less skilled or experienced than those working in care homes or other residential settings.

Reality: Live-in carers undergo comprehensive training and certification to ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide high-quality care. At The Good Care Group, we employ a rigorous recruitment process involving a situational judgement test – only 2% of applicants are successful. All our carers undergo an enhanced training programme endorsed by Age UK.

Live-in care means a loss of independence

Myth: Some people fear that opting for live-in care implies a loss of independence, assuming that round-the-clock support may restrict their autonomy.

Reality: Live-in carers actively encourage their clients to maintain independence by assisting them with tasks only when necessary. They empower individuals to do as much as they can for themselves, promoting autonomy and self-reliance. This approach ensures that the care recipient retains control over their daily routines and decisions while receiving support whenever needed.

Live-in carers offer personalised support tailored to the individual’s needs and preferences, allowing them to maintain control over their daily routines and decisions. With live-in care, individuals can continue to lead fulfilling and independent lives in the comfort of their own homes, knowing that assistance is available whenever required.

The same carer looks after lots of people

Myth: Some individuals believe that live-in care involves the same carer looking after multiple people, leading to concerns about consistency and quality of care.

Reality: At The Good Care Group, we prioritise continuity and personalised care. We carefully match a team of two live-in carers to meet your specific needs, ensuring consistency and familiarity in your care.

These carers work on a rota, typically in two-week periods, before the other carer takes over for another two weeks. When the first carer is due for a break, both carers meet at your home to complete a smooth handover, ensuring the incoming carer understands any changes in your care and minimises disruption to you and your family.

This approach guarantees that you receive dedicated attention and support from a consistent team, enhancing the quality and reliability of your care experience.

Live-in care is only for the elderly

Myth: There is a common misconception that live-in care services are exclusively for the elderly, overlooking its applicability to individuals of all ages with varying care needs.

Reality: At The Good Care Group, we offer specialist live-in care services tailored to adults of all ages and conditions. Our comprehensive range of care services includes support for individuals with dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and other complex conditions. Additionally, we provide palliative care, post-operative care, and support for individuals with acquired brain injuries or spinal injuries.

Our highly trained and compassionate carers are equipped to deliver personalised care plans that meet each individual’s unique needs and preferences. With our specialist care services, people can receive high-quality, nurse-led care and support in the comfort of their own homes, promoting independence, dignity, and overall well-being.

Live-in care isn’t necessary for low-care needs

Myth: Some individuals believe that live-in care is only suitable for those with high-care needs.

Reality: Contrary to this misconception, live-in care can be highly beneficial for individuals with low-care needs as well. At The Good Care Group, we understand that everyone’s care needs are unique, and our live-in care services are tailored to accommodate a wide range of requirements.

Whether it’s assistance with daily tasks, companionship, or medication management, our professional carers provide personalised care plans that cater to the specific needs and preferences of each individual.

By opting for live-in care, individuals with low-care needs can benefit from the convenience, flexibility, and peace of mind that comes with having dedicated support available whenever required. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for all our clients, regardless of the level of care they require, by promoting independence, dignity, and well-being.

Awarding-winning live-in care

As one of less than 1% of live-in care providers rated ‘Outstanding’, The Good Care Group offers one simple thing: care without compromise.

With over 10 years of experience, The Good Care Group provides high-quality live-in care, keeping clients safe and happy in the comfort of their own homes while improving their overall health and well-being. We offer highly personalised, one-to-one care that reflects individual needs, choices, wishes and social preferences, allowing clients to maintain their independence and enjoy their preferred lifestyle.

Contact us today to book your free, no-obligation home care assessment. One of our local care managers will meet with you and your family to discuss your needs and preferences in detail and answer any questions that you have.

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