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Live In Care

Kathy N. Johnson, PhD, CMC is Co-Founder of Home Care Assistance, which she began after having gone through her own struggles in finding elderly care for her out-of-state parents. Since its inception in 2002, Home Care Assistance has been the premier provider of live-in home care for seniors, first in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently throughout North America.

Q: How does live-in care differ from hiring an agency with caregivers that come to the home to render care? Are the rates for services less than private pay caregivers or agency fees?
Linda from CA
A:

For people who are looking for a comprehensive alternative to any type of facility, or prefer the comfort and safety of round-the-clock monitoring and care, we offer 24/7 live-in care. A live-in caregiver comes to the senior’s home and stays around the clock. With live-in care, a caregiver is always watching over the senior and is ready to assist in all activities of daily living. Live-in care does not mean that the caregiver moves into the senior’s home. Caregivers must maintain a separate residence and are not allowed to use the personal property of the senior without permission. Caregivers stay in the home only for the duration of their assigned shift. They may not have visitors nor invite family to the home while they are working. For seniors who are seeking 7-day live-in care, we will usually place 2 caregivers on a 5-day/2-day schedule. The rates for live-in care are much more cost-effective than those of 24-hour hourly care, making this option popular for those who don't require a caregiver to be awake and alert all hours of the day.

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Q: Is there any certification or bonding for a live in caregiver in Florida?
Fred from FL
A:

Beginning August 1, 2010, senior caregivers in Florida will have to pass a nationwide background check and intense screening. Contrary to previous exemptions in Florida, sex offenders and career criminals are now barred from ever working as caregivers.

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Q: How do I determine if my loved one needs live-in care?
A:

Live-in care provides a safe alternative to nursing home facilities by providing assistance with health or personal needs. Live-in care involves a caregiver who is with the senior all day, ready to assist with anything from trips to the grocery store, to doctor visits, to getting dressed in the morning. The best part about live-in care is that it gives seniors the ability to maintain their freedom and continue to live at home, while still being in a safe environment and giving family members peace of mind

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Q: What is live-in care?
A:

Live-in care provides a safe alternative to nursing home facilities by providing assistance with health or personal needs. Live-in care involves a caregiver who is with the senior all day, ready to assist with anything from trips to the grocery store, to doctor visits, to getting dressed in the morning. The best part about live-in care is that it gives seniors the ability to maintain their freedom and continue to live at home, while still being in a safe environment and giving family members peace of mind.

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