Live-in care means having a fully trained carer/s living with you in your own home. Your live-in carer will support you with your specific needs to keep you comfortable and independent at home.

A live-in carer is able to look after you 24 hours a day and assist with your specific needs to help you to live as independently as possible, whether it is helping with daily tasks, personal care or specialist medical care.

Some people choose live-in care as an alternative to moving into a nursing home or care home, which enables them to stay in the comfort of their own homes.

The benefits of live-in care include the ability to maintain hobbies and interests, staying close to friends and family and otherwise allow people to live the life they want. It allows you to maintain ownership of your home and stay in a familiar environment avoiding the disruption and stress of moving out of your home and into a care home, which can have a big impact. It enables you to retain your lifestyle, as well as keeping your beloved pets.

Using a live-in carer as opposed to residential care means that you have more control over your daily routines while having care and support on hand whenever you need it.

It is important to remember that 24-hour care is a one-to-one service, which means that you will have a very intimate and personal relationship with the carers looking after you.

What does a live-in carer do?

A live-in carer’s ultimate goal is to increase the quality of life of the person being cared for, which is of course very individual.

Some people may only want companionship and help around the house and others may need short-term specialist services to help with specific health issues.

Depending on your needs, common duties of a live-in carer can include:

  • Help with getting out of bed in the morning and getting into bed at night
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Washing, bathing, showering and other personal care tasks
  • Medication administration
  • Continence management
  • Support with mobility in the home and getting out and about
  • Emotional support and companionship
  • Hair and nail care
  • Monitoring diabetes and blood pressure
  • Shopping and errands
  • Managing dietary and nutritional needs, cooking and meal preparation
  • Cleaning, laundry and other daily domestic tasks
  • Caring for pets

Live-in specialist care

Specialist live-in care services are often delivered by expert clinical nurses who have extensive experience in caring for your specific need.

This is an option for people with complex and specialist health needs who require 24-hour support and monitoring.

Specialist services can include:

  • Neurological care
  • Spinal injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Home from hospital

How much does 24-hour live-in care cost ?

The costs are determined by your needs and the services required.

On average you can expect to pay at least between 1750€ – 2500€ per week.

Because of the fees, it is important that the live-in care package is tailored to your individual needs, which can help you avoid paying for services that you do not need