Improving Wellbeing through Care at Home
An evidence-based analysis of live-in care versus residential care
This paper reviews studies and evidence of care for older people, including those with dementia, examining the case for live-in care as opposed to residential care in a care home.
In addition to evaluation of existing research and studies, and expert opinion on the topic, it reviews new data collected independently by The Good Care Group. This data reveals the significant positive impact that person-centred home care can have on health outcomes including:
Improved quality of life and wellbeing
Higher levels of happiness and satisfaction
with care received
Fewer hospital admissions
Reduction in falls
Reduced decline in function in people with dementia.
Overall, the evidence reviewed strongly supports the belief that home care is beneficial for older people needing care, with data to demonstrate that care at home can help increase quality of life and ameliorate decline – particularly with the condition of dementia – when compared to care within a residential home. The recommendation following this review will be that the provision of home care is explored before resorting to residential care.