Live-in care is just one of the options available when a loved one needs some help with day-to-day tasks. Only you can make the decision as to what is best for your family, but in general, live-in care is ideal for individuals who want to remain in their home but require some help with everyday tasks like cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene.

Let’s discuss some of the pros and cons to hiring a live-in care service so that you can make the best decision for a loved one.

What are the Pros?

  • Familiar Setting. If your loved one is not ready to make the transition to assisted living, they will appreciate the familiarity that comes with live-in care. They can remain in their home where they are most comfortable. They can also maintain the same routine and visit with their neighbors for social interaction.
  • Independence. Living at home affords your parent their independence. Some people find that when they move their loved ones to assisted living, they stop doing things for themselves, like cooking and taking care of their living space. You won’t have to worry about this because your loved one can continue with their normal routine.
  • Peace of Mind. There comes a time in many people’s lives where they can’t be alone all day long. Having live-in care means that your loved one is safe and secure. This gives you tremendous peace of mind so that you can tend to your own responsibilities.
  • On-Hand Care. If your parent slips and falls in their home, they won’t have to be moved to a rehabilitation facility while they recover. They can be returned to their home where they can heal. Plus, additional needs can be met such as when your parent is sick or requires an increase in care.

What are the Cons?

  • Cost. Live-in care is an investment, and not all families can afford it. The cost of live-in care varies based on many factors, so it’s best to narrow down your search and get prices from a few caregiving companies. In general, the costs are similar to what an assisted living facility would cost, but it could be more economical for a couple.
  • Living with a Stranger. Not everyone is comfortable living with a stranger. If you work with an agency, you will at least know that the person has been screened and background checked, but you can still expect some adjustment at first.
  • Arrangement. Despite your best efforts, it’s possible that your parent’s home just isn’t conducive to living independently. If your parent is in a wheelchair but the home has narrow doorways or bedrooms upstairs, it may be best to move your parent to a facility where they will be more comfortable.