Understanding 24 Hour Care vs Live-In Care

Are you considering around-the-clock home care for yourself or a loved one? We at Golden Years take pride in offering around the clock services for our clients. We do offer 24-hour care for our patients, however, we do not offer Live-In care. So, what is the difference? 


When organizing around-the-clock care for your loved one, you have the option of choosing either 24-hour home care or live-in care. Both are great alternatives to assisted living as they allow people to receive 24/7 care from caregivers while allowing them to stay in the comfort of their own home. 


The term 24-hour in-home care might sound self-explanatory, but it is helpful to know the details of the services provided. With 24-hour in-home care, a patient will receive full-time care from caregivers who work 8 to 12-hour shifts. This means that in a 24-hour period, a patient will typically have 2 or 3 different caregivers working in their home, allowing your loved one to care around the clock.


The most common way to hire 24-hour in-home caregiving services is through a home care agency, like GoldenYears Home Care Services. With 24 hour care, two caregivers are booked daily and work 12 hours each, or three caregivers are booked with 8-hour visits. There is no sleeping break given to a caregiver during a 12-hour visit. However, you can allow the overnight caregiver to sleep if you choose to. 


There are many benefits of having 24 hour home care is that a caregiver will be with a client at all times. Having multiple caregivers means that you have a team caring for your loved one. There will always be someone supervising, whether it’s the middle of the afternoon or the middle of the night. Some people prefer this option as they believe caregivers are more refreshed and alert since there is at least one caregiver rotation in a 24 hour period.


With live-in care, one caregiver is booked daily for a 24 hour period. One caregiver can be booked for a maximum of four to five days per week depending on the location and needs of the patient. For the remaining days, a different caregiver will be booked. In the 24 hour period, a 4-hour break is required and given to the daytime caregiver and you can decide if you want coverage for these 4 hours or not. If you choose not to have coverage for yourself or your loved one in that timeframe, it leaves the client alone for that duration of time if a family member is unable to cover. If you choose to have the coverage, then the 4-hour break will be an additional hourly cost. For a live-in shift, the caregiver is also allowed an 8-hour sleeping break and a sleeping bed must be provided for this caregiver.

While Live-In care may seem like an option for your loved one, 24 Hour Care may end up getting you more coverage and a team of caregivers dedicated to your loved one. Have questions? Contact us today to talk about the 24 Hour Care service.