Live In Care: When Is It Recommended?

Live In Care

LIVE IN CARE

Live In care, involves just one caregiver providing care the client in a 24 hour time frame. Typically, the caregiver is scheduled for a maximum of four or five days per week. For the remainder of the days of the week, a different caregiver is obtained. In the 24 hour period, it is customary for a 4 hour break to be given to the caregiver. One must decide if they would like to provide additional home healthcare coverage for these 4 hours. The caregiver for the live-in shift is provided with an 8 hour sleeping break, and a bed must be provided for the caregiver. Billing for live-in caregivers is done at a flat rate per day.  Coverage for the 4 hour break, if needed, is paid for, using an hourly rate.

Advantages of Live-In Care:

The first advantage, as mentioned previously, is that Live-in caregiver rates are half the cost of 24 hour care.  Another big advantage of having live-in care- is that the number of caregivers is reduced. Ideally, two caregivers are scheduled for the whole week. This provides the client with consistency of care and gives the senior, disabled, or post hospitalized person an opportunity to get to know, and build a relationship with their caregivers.

Disadvantages of Live-In Care

One disadvantage of using live-in care is that there is a 4 hour break given to the daytime caregiver. You have to decide if care during this period is needed. And if so, who  provides this care; the family, or another caregiver? This 4 hour time frame, if care is provided, will be an additional hourly cost, on top of the 24 hour flat live-in rate, also being billed. Also, because the caregiver is given a mandatory sleeping break- the client will not have any direct care or supervision during this 8 hour time frame.

How Do You Decide Which Type Of Care Is Better?

In order to decide which type of care is needed we suggest you have an In Home Assessment so that together we can determine the best type of care for you or your loved one.  We also recommend getting the input of your medical care team so that you can make an informed decision that takes into account your medical, emotional, and financial considerations. We’d love to help if you need our assistance. Feel free to call us at (800) 296-9962.

To learn more about 24 Hour Care-see our article entitled: 24 Hour Care: When Is It Recommended?