In this post, we’ll debunk 4 common myths that prevent families from making the right decisions when it comes to live-in care.
But first, let’s examine where these myths come from?
If you’ve spent any time exploring the option of live-in care for your loved one, chances are you’ve done some informal research and bounced the idea off a few people you trust. Your siblings, your next-door neighbour John and maybe even Sue from the office. While most people want to help you make an informed decision, sometimes they don’t have the facts straight or share only their beliefs and biases.
Does this sound familiar…
- Your sister tells you about her friend Natalie who’s cousin Joan hired a live-in carer for her parents and said it was “extremely expensive.” She even thinks Joan took a second job just to cover the bills.
- John declares he’d never have a stranger live in his home. He has too many valuables and believes most live-in carers “take advantage of the elderly.”
- Sue shares the news story she just read about an elderly man who was on his own at home, fell, and broke his wrist. “That’s just a coincidence he was on his own,” she adds. “Fear tactics don’t work with me. Homes are not danger zones.”
- And finally, your brother Bill says, “Mum and dad don’t really need live-in care. They aren’t old or sick enough”.
It’s incredible how quickly comments like those can stack up against your decision. So where does that leave you? Back to the research drawing board. Sadly, cross-referencing that information on the internet can also be misleading. Resources on live-in care can be overwhelming, hard to find, and difficult to understand. Which can leave you frustrated, and wondering, where DO I find accurate information?
Clearing up the confusion of misinformation is a fine place to start.
Myth #1 – It’s Too Expensive
The Truth: Live-in care costs the same as a care home.
We hate to break it to your sister, Natalie and her friend’s cousin, Joan, but it’s true; baseline prices are the same. Although, costs can vary depending on the level of care needed. Nursing and care homes can cost between £750 – £1500 per week and live-in care services, such as Nightingale’s, are less than £1000 per week. In extreme cases, when the needs are high and the amount of care is more involved, costs can go up. Keep in mind though, with live-in care the quality is often better, more flexible, very personal, practical and consistent.
One more thing, for some, staying at home is priceless.
Myth #2 – Carers Can’t Be Trusted
The Truth: You can meet and choose the carer that is right for you.
Having a stranger come into your home can be a scary thought. But don’t let John’s apprehension and biased judgement deter you from exploring live-in care. At Nightingale’s, every carer has undergone and passed a background check. We do our best to match every carer with someone we think will be an excellent match. If the relationship is not the right fit, that’s ok. Changing a carer is easy. We want everyone to have a carer they like and trust.
One more thing, if a live-in carer is sick or requires time off, a replacement will be found.
Myth #3 – They’ll Be Safe On Their Own
The Truth: Safety Detection And Injury Prevention Are A Focus Of Live-In Care
The risk of accidents is always a concern for elderly people. There are risks all over the home. Falls, burns, and not taking medication correctly are all hazards around the house that need monitoring.
When live-in care is chosen, and before a care plan is established, the home is carefully assessed for hazards. Walkways, stairs, railings, bathrooms, carpets and other areas that can pose problems are all evaluated and altered to create the safest environment possible.
Studies have shown that even those living in care homes are just as susceptible to injuring themselves in a fall. In fact, a 2017 CQC report found even 37% of care homes failed on safety.
To read more ways a home is prepared for live-in care read: Creating A Checklist For Getting Someone Ready For Care. (hyperlink to blog)
One more thing, for some, knowing and being familiar with their own surroundings gives them a stronger sense of safety and security.
Myth #4 – They Don’t Need Help
The Truth: Many have live-in care to support their lifestyle and improve quality of life through assistance
This is a common myth believed by too many people. Your brother, Bill, is in good company. The reality, however, is live-in care covers a wide range of needs and services. Sometimes for an elderly couple, their quality of life can be significantly improved just from having someone on hand to accompany them to and from appointments, do their grocery shopping, perform light cleaning duties, make sure the laundry is done and prepare meals. A little bit of help can go a long way.
One more thing, live-in care can sometimes delay the need for more extensive care by helping the elderly maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Are there any other myths keeping you from choosing live-in care?
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