Many senior citizens need care around the clock. If your loved one wants to continue to live at home but needs help and supervision to stay safe and remain independent, you can hire caregivers to help. You have two options to provide care 24/7: You can hire live-in caregivers for 24-hour periods, or you can hire multiple caregivers who work in shorter shifts. Each option has pros and cons.
Pros and Cons of Live-In Care
If you choose live-in care, one caregiver will be scheduled for a 24-hour shift. A caregiver can work up to four or five days per week. Another caregiver will need to be hired for the remaining days. A live-in caregiver will get an 8-hour break to sleep and a break during the day. A bed must be provided for the caregiver.
The advantage of having a live-in caregiver is that the senior will only have two caregivers in many cases. This can provide consistency and allow him or her to develop relationships with the caregivers.
The downside is that care will not be provided while the caregiver is sleeping or on a break. You may choose the have someone else fill in when the live-in caregiver is on a break. If you choose to hire another caregiver for those times, you will have to pay an hourly rate.
Advantages and Disadvantages of 24-Hour Care in Shifts
With 24-hour care, multiple caregivers work for 8- or 12-hour shifts. The caregiver on the night shift may or may not sleep, depending on what you prefer. The advantage is that someone can be there and awake at all times and the caregiver will be more alert than someone who is working a 24-hour shift.
You will be billed at an hourly rate, so this is a more expensive option than hiring a live-in caregiver. There is also less consistency since there are more caregivers coming and going. This can make it more difficult for the senior citizen to develop relationships with the caregivers and can be confusing to someone who has Alzheimer’s or dementia.
How Dependable Care Can Help Your Family with Care around the Clock
Dependable Care can provide caregivers to help your loved one. We can help you choose one or more caregivers so your family member will have care around the clock to help with daily needs and chores and give you peace of mind. Caregivers from Dependable Care can help seniors in Connecticut with bathing, dressing, toileting, laundry, cooking, cleaning, and many other tasks. If your parent needs help 24/7, Dependable Care can help with either live-in care or 24-hour care in shifts. Contact us today to learn more.