High-quality live-in care for couples
At The Good Care Group we have been caring for and supporting couples for over 10 years to live in the comfort and familiarity of their own home, whilst improving their overall quality of life with high quality live-in care for couples.
When faced with the situation that one or both of you needs additional support, it can be a worrying time for you and your family. Perhaps one of you is becoming too frail to care adequately or safely for the other, or one of you is living with a condition like dementia or Parkinson’s or requires stroke care or cancer care. We know from our experience the overriding concern for couples in this situation is that they will be separated if they go into a residential care home.
Live-in care is fast becoming the preferred alternative for those who need care and support, but do not want the upheaval and disruption that moving out of a much-loved family home into residential care brings.
Whether you require personal care or have an on-going medical condition that requires complex care at home, our highly trained and employed professional carers can give you the personalised support you need to live life your way – not just as a couple, but as individuals. We are able to provide nurse-led care, as well as support from our in-house Occupational Therapist (OT), giving peace of mind and reassurance that your health outcomes will be monitored and managed proactively and effectively as and when you need it, with support and leadership from our in-house clinical experts.
Live-in care or care home?
Couples who choose to move into a care home are likely to have different care needs. This will result in being cared for individually on different floors and units within the care home, separating you both for a significant part of your daily life. There are very few care homes that offer double bedroom accommodation for couples especially if one of you has a diagnosis of dementia, so you are unlikely to be able to share the same living space – something many couples cannot even comprehend having spent many years living that way together.
Cost of live-in care for couples
One of the most significant considerations here is the cost of care. If a couple moves into a care home, the cost of care is typically double the price of receiving high quality, live-in care at home. With live-in care there is only one weekly fee for the care team, with a small supplement for couples care depending on needs, so it is a very cost-effective alternative to moving into a care home for couples.
Highly personalised one-to-one care
One-to-one care cannot be achieved even in the very best care home. With the care and support of a live-in carer, you can both continue to live life your way with the reassurance that you are getting the very best one-to-one care that meets both your needs, around the clock. Our comprehensive care planning process for live-in care for couples takes into consideration the needs of both individuals. Each of you will have a care plan that considers all your needs including your lifestyle choices and social preferences, so the care you receive is personalised to you individually but also considers how you wish to live as a couple.
Matching the perfect care team
At The Good Care Group, we take the time to match the right live-in care team for our couples. This process considers the health and care requirements of both individuals, so the care team recommended has the experience and expertise to meet your needs. We also look at personalities, lifestyle preferences and common and shared interests and values. This is proven to ensure the care team that cares for you fits into your lifestyle, provides interesting and enjoyable moments for you both, whilst being able to meet care needs. This approach to matching the skills and personalities of your care team simply does not exist in a care home setting.
“The Good Care Group provides live-in care to my elderly parents and have been excellent throughout. The have carefully selected a team of two carers who have been so well matched to my parent’s background and interests. We very quickly became totally confident by the quality of the care and companionship provided by not just the carers, but the company which was so reassuring as we live so far away from my parents. The carers are kind, thoughtful and compassionate They treat my parents with the greatest respect and are sympathetic to their needs, wishes and feelings at all times.”
What does a live-in care service offer couples?
At The Good Care Group, we understand the importance of ensuring couples can continue to maintain their lifestyle and routines, whilst getting the support they both need.
A professional carer will support you in many ways, enabling you to focus on each other and the life you have always had. Our professional carer will concentrate on the task of caring, whilst improving your overall health and wellbeing to positively enhance your life as a couple, but also as individuals.
Our carers will help by:
- Providing discreet and sensitive personal care
- Managing and administering medications
- Ensuring safe mobility in and around the home
- Domestic tasks
- Planning and cooking meals
- Facilitating social arrangements in the home
- Trips and visits out of the home in your local community
- Companionship as and when you need it
- Caring for your much-loved pet
- Specialist care for conditions and nursing-led care
- Household administration
“In addition to providing excellent care and companionship to my parents, the carers happily do the washing, ironing, keep the house clean, prepare excellent meals, do the shopping, liaise as needed with health care professionals, welcome and look after visitors, and deal with any other household activities that are needed. We could not have asked for anymore.”
Short term care or respite
Live-in care for couples can be offered as a short term care arrangement to support one of you to recover from an illness or following hospital treatment, or as respite care so that a family carer can take a break from looking after you or for you to try live-in care for the first time to experience the many benefits it can offer you as a couple, but also as individuals.
Choosing a live-in care provider
Once you have decided that live-in care is right for you both you will need to consider choosing a care provider. This will involve deciding whether you use an introduction agency to recruit a carer for you to employ and manage yourselves, or whether you use a provider who is able to offer a regulated and fully managed service. This means the carer is employed, managed and supported by their company to provide the very highest standards of care. Introduction agencies are not regulated by The Care Quality Commission (CQC), so the quality of the care delivered is not inspected unlike a provider who offers a managed service and directly employs their staff.
The Good Care Group is a fully manged and regulated service provider, which gives families much needed peace of mind and reassurance at a time they need it most. We are the only live-in care provider in the UK to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by CQC across all five categories – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led.
“We are so well supported by the care manager who seems to be there 24/7 to answer any questions we have and address any concerns we raise relating to any aspect of my parents care. She makes regular visits to ensure everything is running smoothly and to provides support to the carer. I have no hesitation in giving The Good Care Group the highest recommendation.”