If you need at least 12 hours of care per day, a Live-In Caregiver is an excellent, cost effective solution. A Live-In Caregiver for 24 hours a day, is very similar in cost to 12 hours of care per day! With a Live-In, you will have the same consistent Caregiver every single day, instead of numerous aides coming and going. No worries about weather, or someone calling out or running late. Please read our Live-In policies below. Please call us to determine if a Live-In Caregiver is the right solution for you.
What to Bring/Supply
- The client is responsible for providing the caregiver with a comfortable place to sleep. It should be a separate bed, sofa bed, cot or air mattress.
- The client should provide the caregiver with towels, pillows, linens, and blankets while in your home.
- Your caregiver should always bring his/her OWN clothes and toiletries that should last the entire length of stay.
- One 24-hour period equals one day of service. The caregiver is expected to stay with you during the entire 24 hours each day UNLESS a form has been signed and agreed upon that the caregiver can leave for short periods of time (the aide may need to run errands for the client, do laundry, get mail, etc.)
- Your caregiver is NOT expected to work all 24 hours of the day. Their main duties should be during your waking hours. There will be times during the day when you do not need anything, and this can be the caregiver’s time to relax. The caregiver is NOT allowed to leave the house without you, unless a form is signed agreeing to this.
- There is no set schedule for breaks. The caregiver should take breaks when your needs are met (personal care and household chores). The caregiver takes these breaks on the premises unless other arrangements are agreed upon.
- While the caregiver is on a break, there must be a way for you to call them if you truly need their help.
- The caregiver should have two hours of break time per day. These breaks are most often in the home, for meals, bathing, etc.
- Your caregiver should be able to get at least 8 hours of sleep per night. You may occasionally need to get up at night to use the toilet, and it is acceptable to expect your caregiver to help you. On a regular basis, you should not have to wake your caregiver more than 1 or 2 times per night, for brief periods.
- While you are both sleeping, there should be a way to call your caregiver. We recommend baby monitors.
- Meals will be provided by the client/family to the caregiver by including the caregiver in the daily meal planning of the client. Together, the caregiver and client will provide the family with a list of food items to be purchased. In cases where the caregiver performs the grocery shopping, s/he must submit receipts with change to the family.
- If the caregiver requires food from a specialty store or has other dietary needs, they are responsible for providing their own food. There will be NO exchange of money regarding a daily food rate/cost.
- Some facilities can provide food to private aides, this will be established upon the start of care.
MedicationsThe caregiver, by law, is not allowed to dispense medications. They can remind based on a prefilled med box (filled by client, family or skilled RN) or blister packed (medications prefilled by the pharmacy in bubble packs). No assessment for PRN meds can be done, thus scheduled meds are preferred. They can only provide “hand over hand” assistance.