Live-in Care in Reading
Live in care is becoming a popular alternative to moving into a care home for those living in Reading, Wokingham, Slough and the wider Berkshire area.
There are a number of reasons why it is a more attractive option, though it may not be for everyone. In this guide, we will look at some of the factors to bear in mind when trying to decide the best option for your situation.
What is live in care?
It is similar to home care but it is where you have a professional caregiver live with you in your home 24 hours a day. This gives you top quality help on hand with all of your tasks whenever you need or want it. You can either have caregivers working set times on a rota, or you can have one living with you all of the time.
What does a live in care agency do?
Live in carers in Reading can do a huge range of things for you. This includes help with:
- meal preparation,
- washing and ironing clothes,
- household chores,
- pet care,
- personal care such as dressing and bathing,
- medication care,
- running errands, and;
- taking you out and about.
It all comes down to your individual wants and needs and how these can best be met by your carer.
Here is a short video that explains the benefits of live in care.
How do you choose a live in care provider in Berkshire?
The are three ways of choosing a live in care provider in the Reading and Berkshire area.
You can find one your self through adverts in the Reading Chronicle, other local newspapers or through word of mouth which at one stage was the only way.
You can use a live in care agency who are regulated and good ones strictly vet who they employ.
Lastly, you can use a recruitment agency who specialise in live in care. These agencies are able to match a self-employed professional with your specific needs.
What makes a good live-in care agency in Reading?
How passionate they are about their role – the more passionate they are the more they will do it well which is very important for live in care. Make sure that you and your carer get along well as you will potentially be spending a lot of time together.
Respect is very important, you need to feel as though they genuinely respect your needs, wants, and choices.
There are a lot of legal requirements in the care industry to make sure that the provider meets all of these. Trust is hugely important as well, there needs to be trust involved because they will be working with you in potentially vulnerable situations at home.
The leading live in care agencies in Reading
Radis Community Care
Radis Community Care has a specialist Live-in care service. This allows you to remain as independent as possible living in your own home, safe in the knowledge that full time support is on hand when you need it. Whether it be for short term or long term care, our carers are matched with you to ensure that the right skills and experience, right temperament and personal traits meet your need.
How to contact Radis
Bluebird Care offers live in care in Reading and is one of the UK’s biggest live in care providers. They strive to deliver services in keeping with the needs of their clients.
Here is a short video about Bluebird’s Live in care services
How to contact Bluebird
Centrum House, Hedley Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JB
Sunshine Live-in Care
Thames Valley Park, 400 Thames Valley Park Dr, Earley, Reading RG6 1PT
Sunshine Live-in Care is one of the most popular live in care agencies in Reading, London, and the South East and South West for those who wish to continue living independently in their homes.
Carewatch is a live in care agency in Reading that offers quality home care by highly trained staff to help people enjoy a high standard of life by providing a personalised service.
The Malt House, 1 Northfield Rd, Reading RG1 8Ah
Right at Home
Right at Home is a live in care agency in Reading that operates out of Twyford and strives to offer high-quality support and care with the goal of making a positive difference in peoples lives.
Twyford Business Units Station Rd, Twyford, Reading RG10 9TU
Novus Care Limited
Novus Care supplies friendly, trained live in care in Reading and provides a high quality of life for their clients in order to live at home as independently as possible.
Beacontree Court 14 Beacontree Court, Gillette Way, Reading RG2 0BS
What does live-in care cost in Reading?
There is a wide range depending on the number of people that require care and how many carers will be involved. As a guide costs typically range from £700-£1800 per week which is often cheaper than getting residential care.
How can I pay for a Live in Carer?
Due to the cost which can be high, it is recommended to speak to a care fees funding specialist who will be able to advise you on the best ways to fund live-in care. They can advise on State help and benefits, and things like inheritance tax.
One increasingly popular method of funding care is through equity releases such as lifetime mortgages, drawdown lifetime mortgages, and home reversion plans.
Things to watch out for when picking a live-in care provider.
There are several things to watch out for when choosing a care agency. The first is how much attention they pay to your needs and preferences, a good agency will be concerned with the smallest detail.
Other important factors are how flexible they are what their overall general attitude towards you and the family is.
Reviews can reveal a lot so make sure you check as many as possible before selecting an agency and there are many online. Lastly how experienced are they? If they have been around for a long time and garnered positive reviews this usually bodes well.
What are the benefits of a live-in carer?
There are many benefits which is why live in care is becoming so popular. The first is that you get to stay in your home and make it as comfortable as possible.
Because you are at home you also get the chance to keep up your social life and keep in touch easily with family and friends, and couples can stay together.
You will get top quality care, in your own home, 24 hours a day. You have the peace of mind that someone is on hand at all times to assist you and interact with.
What are some considerations of having a live-in carer?
The live-in carer will need their own space so you will need to set aside a spare room for them and they will share your living space. If you are uncomfortable with someone living with you it may not be the best option for you. If you have severe care needs you will need to find an agency who is qualified to deal with it.
If you find a carer independently and they leave you will need to find a replacement yourself – an agency is able to arrange this effortlessly for you.
Is Live in Care the right option for me?
It is a big decision to make and it is not for everyone. Due to the demands of modern life, it is not always feasible for family members to move in and provide the care they once would have. Live-in care in Reading can step in and fill this gap in care needs and allow for a lot of independence and the chance to remain living in your home.
If you are comfortable with the logistical and emotional requirements of having a professional living with you then it can be a great option.
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