Would You Rather Stay At Home As You Age?

Have you been told that your Loved One has to go to a Nursing Home, but they would much rather stay at home? With The CareSide Live In Care Services, there never has to come a time when your Loved One is forced to go to a Nursing Home if they do not want to.

Nobody should have to live in a place where they are unhappy when there is a cost-effective and simple alternative. The CareSide provides personalised care for your Loved One in the comfort and familiarity of their home that is an alternative to the kind of care offered in a Nursing Home.

Moving into a small room in a Nursing Home may be a difficult transition for some people. Elders are often grieving from several losses at the same time. Close friends may be passing away; they may be losing physical abilities or mental faculties, or their lifelong spouse may have recently died. Amongst all of this upsetting change, having to uproot their life and move into a lonely single room will be another cause of “loss” and may grief and depression.

If you are being pressured to make a quick decision, then call us today to discuss your options.  Do not be rushed into a decision. We have emergency care options that will give you time to investigate the right solution to your loved one's situation.

What Is Live In Care?

Live In Care enables Elders to remain living safely and independently in their private home for the rest of their life. We provide a stable environment in the home that comforts them with the consistency of a regular daily routine they enjoy.

They receive tailored care in familiar surroundings where they can continue to live their lifestyle, their way. They can continue to live in their comfortable home for the rest of their life; surrounded by the things they enjoy most about their home - the views, the garden, their pets and the neighbourhood.

Live In Care is an affordable and satisfying alternative to a Nursing Home. There is no emotional stress of packing up one’s entire life. We tailor a Care Plan to your Loved One’s Lifestyle, and we regularly review it as their needs change. We ensure that your Loved One, your family and your doctor all agree on the Care Plan.

Elders remain in control of their lifestyle. Once people experience Live In Care, they understand that there is no compelling reason to leave their home for a Nursing Home.

Over time, they can be cared for, enabled, re-enabled and supported after a health crisis to live the final years of their life in privacy and with dignity through quality Home Care.

We respect that your Loved One's home is their Castle. We support their position of authority by always letting them be the boss and never taking over. We support their preferences and let them run the house the way they like.

We always treat your elder with genuine care, dignity and respect.

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Common Issues With Nursing Homes

Lack of Control

As an adult, it is normal that you are in control of your environment. You live your life your way. You make the rules in your home. In a Nursing Home, Seniors live in an alien and sterile environment and often have high levels of boredom. They become disengaged, confused and anxious. They may often experience feelings of deep rejection (ref 1)

Lack of Freedom

Being confined in an institution gives your Loved One limited personal choice. They don’t get to do things your way. They are bound by rigid policies and rules and must live the way the facility management dictates.

Low Levels of Care

According to a recent study, Australian Nursing Home residents on average receive 2.8 hours of direct care per 24-hour period (ref 2). With The CareSide Live In Care, you receive at least 8 hours of Active Care per 24 hour period. That is almost three times as much care for a much lower cost without having to pay a bond worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Lack of Companionship

In a Nursing Home, residents are attended to by many different staff members during a 24 hour period which does not give them a chance to bond and become comfortable with their Caregivers.

At The CareSide, your Love One has the same Caregiver for several days in a row. This arrangement facilitates the Elder relaxing and being on friendly and trusting terms with their Caregiver.

Higher Risk of Injury

According to a recent study, Nursing Homes have a 30% higher falls rate than Elders living at home (ref 3). The CareSide has a specialised Falls Prevention Program that will drastically reduce the likelihood of a fall and keep your Loved One safe and out of the hospital.

The Benefits of Live In Care

Immediate Care

When you decide that your Loved One needs more care than you can provide, often the option of a Nursing Home is considered.  However, the process for selecting an appropriate facility and waiting for a bed to become available is time consuming and complex.

With Live In Care, Carers can be selected to match  your Loved One’s requirements and preferences immediately.  There are no waiting lists. The care and most importantly, your peace of mind can start straight away.

Stability and Consistency

Live In Care creates the most consistent and stable environment. Elders who live at home are typically happier, physically and mentally healthier, and more socially active.

Home is where people feel most secure and at peace.

The same two CareSide Caregivers deliver consistent quality care throughout the week. This consistency enables deep personal bonds to form and results in happier and more relaxed Elders.

With Live In Care, your Loved One does not have to pack up and move. Moving is one of the most emotionally stressful events an adult can experience. Elders who are already going through so much change find it particularly stressful. Live In Care eliminates the stress on you, your loved one and the entire family.

Stay Connected With Friends & Family

Staying at home enables your Loved One to remain part of their local community and close to their family and friends. The home environment keeps them connected and involved with the important people in their lives.

Friends are much more likely to visit them at home, as being confronted with strangers' conditions and disturbing behaviour is not very pleasant. The more private and comfortable it is to visit the Elder, the more often people will want to come to visit.

Keep Your Privacy

In large institutions, staff are always turning over. There are always new faces. There is a revolving door of other families and their friends. It is very difficult to maintain privacy in these environments.

With one-on-one personal care, your Loved One's privacy and dignity are guaranteed. We give you space when you need it.

Live Life Your Way

Your Loved One can live their life their way on their terms in their home, where they are the boss. They can get out of bed when they feel like it, not when other people wake them up. They can have breakfast when they are ready, not when staff are rushing them to finish the breakfast shift.

With Live In Care, there is no rush. You live life at your pace and take the time to enjoy things.

Your Elders have the freedom to choose how they will spend their days. They remain in charge of their life.

With Live In Care, you don't need to make any compromises. You get to choose the way you spend your time. You can choose the kind of meals you like (including cultural and national considerations), when you like to eat them, the music you want to listen to, where you go, and who you visit.

Live With Your Spouse

Imagine having to live separately from your spouse after decades together!

With The CareSide Live In Care, Elders continue to live at home with their spouse, as is their right.

People's relationships determine their quality of life. The more their relationships can stay intact, the happier they will be.

Keep Your Pets

The family pets are a vital part of the household. Pets are known to have many health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and helping with anxiety. Pets can be a great source of joy and comfort.

As the Elderly have less to fill their day, quite often their daily routine revolves around spending time with their pet. With Live In Care, they can keep their pets close to them and their relationship with their pet will provide a great deal of joy and comfort to them.

The Best Quality Care

Live In Care provides the best quality long term care because it’s one-on-one care.  

As our Caregivers observe your Loved One Day-in and Day-out, they notice any behavioural or health changes. Close supervision by professionals who know you well is only available through Live In Care. This kind of health monitoring in an institutional setting is not possible due to the high staff turnover.

How Live In Care works

To develop a close care relationship with your Loved One, we rotate two Live In Caregivers over the course of a week. This enables them to provide a very high level of personalised one-on-one care. Typically, the first Caregiver will work four days and the second Caregiver will work three days. They sleep overnight at the home and return to their own homes at the end of their rota and then come back again the following week. When either Caregiver goes on holidays or is sick, they cover for each other’s shifts or a third Live In Caregiver covers in their absence.

We document your Loved One's living preferences, likes and dislikes so that each Caregiver knows how to do things the way your Loved One likes them done. Clients do not have to adhere to a rigid regime; they remain in control of how they live. We work with their preferences and requirements to ensure that they are always happy.

We provide a minimum of 8 hours of active direct care during a 24 hour period. For most of the remainder of the time, we are close at hand to provide assistance as needed.

Our Caregiver normally sleeps through the entire night, so they are refreshed to care for their client the next day. However, if the client needs assistance with toileting or for short periods of time during the night, our Caregiver is available. If an Elder becomes disorientated during the evening, they will be re-assured and re-settled back to bed.

Sometimes Seniors don't feel like talking and retreat into themselves. By having the same tightly knit care team, they know and understand the moods and emotions of their clients, and they can better manage their anxiety levels.

For the privacy and security of our clients, we don’t advertise to their neighbours and community by driving branded cars. Our Caregivers are discreet so as not to highlight our client’s circumstances.

We give the client privacy and space during a social visit from family or friends by getting them settled and comfortable and then leaving the room.

For examples of typical activities and services delivered during both the day and night, please see the pages on Companion Care, Personal Care and Nursing Care.

Live In Caregivers

Our Live In Caregivers are special people. They have been chosen for their passion for caring for the Elderly and frail in our community. They are empathetic, discreet and trustworthy. As we alternate with two Caregivers each the week, they do not burn out like in Nursing Homes, so your Loved One always receives the best one-on-one care.

We only have the most exceptional Caregivers with decades of care experience. Our interview and selection process ensures we invite only the best to join The CareSide.

The CareSide’s Caregivers are determined to enable Seniors to remain at home. They believe in what they are doing and love their work. They will do everything they can to keep your loved one healthy and active.

If you would like to change your Caregiver that we have chosen for you due to a personality clash, we will replace them without question. Furthermore, we will fully refund the cost of that service.

All of our Nurses and Caregivers are comprehensively insured, have been reference checked, background checked, and police cleared.

Funding Live In Care

There are multiple options available to fund Live In Care:

  • If you have a HACC package this can be used to fund all or part of the costs;
  • The Age Pension can contribute to the costs;
  • A Superannuation Annuity can be used;
  • A Life Insurance Annuity can be used;
  • Lump Sum drawdowns from Superannuation can be accessed, even if people are not of retirement age under special circumstances;
  • Bonds or Shares can be converted to cash;
  • Property can be sold. This is the normal practice when moving into a nursing home.
  • Adult children can contribute to the costs;
  • A reverse mortgage can be taken out against existing property.

We can advise on the best sources of funding and explain your options. We are flexible and can accommodate your circumstances.

Live In Care is charged on a daily basis as it assumes 8 hours of care. It is much more affordable than 24 Hour Care. It is also much more affordable than a Nursing Home.

Live In Care Requirements

To enable our Caregivers to support your Loved One living at home, a few simple things need to be in place:

  • There needs to be a separate bedroom for our Caregiver with a comfortable bed, bedside table and bedside lamp.
  • For safety reasons, we insist on installed smoke detectors in the home.
  • We need to commit to a schedule, as it is a significant commitment for our Caregivers to live outside their private home.
  • Our Caregivers need to take a walk or take some form of physical exercise each day to maintain their fitness. 

We assume that the Loved One's care requirements are not complex, around the clock needs. If they are, we may need to organise 24 Hour care as well as Live In Care. If we are required to be regularly up at night multiple times, then we may charge for an active night. This situation may happen naturally from time to time if the client is not well. Prevention is better than cure, so our Care Manager will ensure the Care Plan will likely prevent this from occurring.

References

#1 Swafter, K, Australian Journal of Dementia Care, Reinvesting in life is the best prescription, 1st December 2014.
#2 Bentley Chartered Accountants Annual Survey of Australian Aged Care Homes, 2015.
#3 Bradley C 2013. Hospitalisations due to falls by older people, Australia 2009–10. Injury research and statistics series no. 70. Cat. no. INJCAT 146. Canberra: AIHW.