Many people these days are looking for an alternative to institutionalized care for a senior or disabled person. Most people prefer to stay in their own home as opposed to moving into a nursing home. As an alternative to hospital or outside care, in-home care has proven to be more economical and more beneficial for quality of care.
Some people are looking for someone to come in during the day to assist with meals, grocery shopping, housekeeping, and to accompany them on outings whereas others need day and night care. Caregivers will see to it that your loved one is taking their medications when needed, they can cook according to their dietary needs, do housekeeping and laundry, assist them with their daily needs and be great companions. Caregivers often become close with family members and become an important part of that family. It is a great comfort knowing that there is a loving and responsible person caring for your aging parent or other family member.
Live-in caregivers bring experience from having worked with families in other countries. Many of them have direct experience with the elderly or those with special needs. Experienced caregivers are sponsored by Canadians to come to Canada as Temporary Foreign Workers.
Finding a live-in caregiver takes planning and preparation. Currently, the process takes about 9-12 months. Many families prefer this option as it provides the most attentive level of care as they are with the family member for longer periods of time. If your family member lives an inconvenient distance from you, a live-in caregiver is definitely your best option.
You must ensure that your family member’s home is well suited for a live-in caregiver. By law, live-in caregivers require a private, furnished bedroom with a lock, safety bolt, and a window. Her room doesn’t have to be huge, but it should be a comfortable space as this is where she will spend the bulk of her off hours. A private bathroom is nice but not a requirement nor is a separate kitchen or separate entrance.
Live-in caregivers typically stay with a family member for 2-3 years although many stay longer. They often become an integral part of your family and remain in touch long after they have left to pursue other opportunities.
Live Out Caregivers
Live out caregivers are best for family members that are more independent and do not require a high level of attention. Many live out caregivers were formally live-in. After receiving their permanent residence status, many choose to live on their own and work for a family as a live out caregiver. Live out caregivers work a regular workday and then return to their own homes and families.
In addition to providing supervision and assistance, both live-in and live out caregivers can do housework and meal preparation.