Having a caregiver live full-time in a senior loved one’s home provides continuous care and supervision that many families need. Live-in care allows seniors to remain comfortably at home with round-the-clock support for activities, safety, and companionship. Home Matters offers customized live-in care in Houston Metro.
Our live-in caregivers reside in the senior’s residence providing attentive care while integrating into the family. Live-in care offers an affordable alternative to facility care.
Overview of Live-In Care
Live-in care involves having a professional caregiver live permanently in the senior’s home to be available for needs 24/7 while also integrating socially into family life. Duties commonly include:
- Assistance with personal care – bathing, dressing, medications
- Preparing healthy meals and snacks
- Providing mobility assistance and transfers
- Household chores – laundry, changing linens, etc.
- Transportation for errands, appointments
- Medication administration and reminders
- Monitoring overall health and reporting changes
- Ensuring safety with supervision for fall risks
- Social engagement through conversation, activities
- Accompanying on community outings and events
- Assisting with scheduling home services
- Being available through the night for needs
Live-in caregivers become trusted companions while providing prompt, attentive support day and night. Families gain peace of mind knowing their loved one is never alone.
Benefits of Live-In Care
Having a dedicated live-in caregiver offers Houston Metro seniors and families many helpful benefits:
- Continuous care and supervision 24/7
- Medication adherence and health monitoring
- Household maintenance without having to ask
- No coordination gaps between multiple caregivers
- Caregiver becomes familiar with habits and needs
- Reduced risk of emergencies or hospitalization
- Delayed facility placement and associated costs
- Care recipient not left alone preventing hazards
- Families avoid taking leave from work or moving in
- Caregiver can accompany senior on vacations
- Lower cost than comparable facility care
- Customized care in comfortable, familiar settings
- Ongoing companionship and engagement
Live-in care helps seniors facing chronic conditions or memory loss remain at home safely. Home Matters coordinates compatible pairings.
Screening Process for Live-In Caregivers
Home Matters takes extra care vetting and matching live-in caregivers with our rigorous screening:
- Phone interview assessing qualifications, experience, skills
- Multi-point background checks and criminal history
- Driving record and auto insurance verification
- Reference checks from three recent employers/families
- Skills testing on care practices and protocols
- Education review for relevant credentials
- Assessment of ability to live with a family long-term
- Culture and language matching when requested
- In-home meeting allows family and senior to interview
We extensively screen live-in applicants to ensure the highest quality compassionate care.
Services Included with Live-In Care
Our live-in caregivers assist with a wide range of care needs around the clock:
- Mobility assistance – Helping with walking, transfers, wheelchair use while watching for falls
- Personal care – Bathing, dressing, grooming, using restroom
- Medication management – Administering medications, refills, medical coordination
- Meal preparation – Planning meals, grocery shopping, cooking favorite foods
- Light housekeeping – Laundry, changing linens, organizing spaces
- Transportation – Driving to appointments, events, errands
- Engaging activities – Games, puzzles, reading, reminiscing, exercising
- Safety supervision – Preventing dangerous situations like wandering
- Health monitoring – Discussing concerns with family, doctors
- Hygiene assistance – Oral care, nail grooming, skin care
Home Matters coordinates live-in care specific to each Houston Metro family’s needs. Contact us to learn more.
FAQs About Live-In Care
Many families have questions when exploring live-in care options. Here are some commonly asked questions:
What hours is the live-in caregiver responsible?
They are on duty 24/7 to assist whenever a need arises including overnight. But schedules allow breaks.
Can live-in caregivers prepare special diets?
Yes, we discuss dietary needs like low sodium, diabetic meals, allergies to accommodate.
Are live-in caregivers trained in dementia care?
Yes, our caregivers complete dementia training for techniques like redirecting, soothing anxiety, simplifying tasks.
How often are live-in caregivers switched out?
We aim for consistency but can rotate at least every 3-6 months. More often if a senior prefers.
What is the average cost of live-in care?
Costs range from $3500-$5500 monthly depending on level of care needed. Long-term care policies may offset.
What types of homes do live-in caregivers stay in?
They stay in the senior’s home. Private bedroom and bath are needed. We bring necessary furniture.
How does the family communicate with the live-in caregiver?
The family outlines routine and needs initially. Afterward, daily logs and weekly meetings are common for updates.
Having a live-in caregiver can allow Houston Metro seniors to remain living comfortably at home. Please reach out with any other questions about our live-in care services.