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A day in the life of a live-in care worker

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An increasingly popular way to remain independent and comfortable in your own home as you age is to engage the services of a live-in care worker. Surrounded by familiar things and living in your preferred community, you can still benefit from professional help if your health and mobility become a significant issue. To demonstrate what is involved, let’s look at a typical day for a trained and qualified worker who provides live-in 24-hour care from Rosemont Care.

Before they arrive!

First, we need to mention the qualifications and personal attributes this live-in carer would have. If you explore the Skills for Care website, you can see how demanding this career is, and how rigorous the training standards are. Before they even set foot in the door for the first time, a live-in carer will also study the care plan for that individual, and would update themselves on any specific health or social care requirements.

A personalised schedule

Part of the preparation to introduce a live-in carer to your home would be to discuss your own personal preferences and daily schedule. For example, the time you like to get up or go to bed, and any pastimes you especially enjoy. The aim of the carer would be to support your daily life in a way that protects your independence and dignity. So, their daily tasks will be tailored to your individual needs!

Personal care

One of the most common first tasks is helping you to get up, washed and dressed. Personal care can also help you bathe and get ready for bed each evening if that is something you struggle to manage by yourself.

Household chores

One of the many benefits of having a live-in carer is they can do the mundane – and sometimes problematic – chores. So, you enjoy more rest and leisure time. For example, they may do your laundry, dusting and hoovering.

Meal preparation

Making sure you eat nutritious meals and snacks – and some of your favourite treats – is often part of the daily routine for a live-in carer. They can also shop for the food you enjoy and make meals appropriate for any medical issues you have.

Medical support

Another important part of a day in the life of a live-in carer would be supervising you when you take medications. This service is designed to help you remember when to take tablets, for example, and ensures you can do any fiddly or difficult medical tasks such as changing dressings.

Companionship and confidence

There is no official ‘time slot’ for this part of a live-in carer’s daily routine. However, it’s one of the most important things they do. Having a professional carer in your home 24/7 is a wonderful source of companionship. They help you enjoy the things you love doing and ensure you never feel isolated or lonely. It’s also a way to live confidently in your own home, for as long as possible.

Hume Greyson
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