Live-In Care vs 24-Hour Care: Understanding the Distinction

The benefits of live-in Care include staying in your home rather than moving into a care facility. Find out how live-in Care differs from 24-hour Care.

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Choosing home care over relocating your elderly parent or relative can be much better. Seniors can cope better with changing circumstances with the help of in-home Care. In most cases, seniors prefer to live at home rather than move somewhere new.
Typically, if more advanced home care is necessary than just basic assistance, you will have two options:
  • Live-In Care
  • 24 Hour Care
Seniors should be able to receive Care at home rather than in a nursing home. Choosing the right service can be challenging.

Is there a difference between live-in Care and 24-hour Care?

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Live-In Care

Live-in Care involves booking a caregiver for 24 hours, seven days a week. However, bookings for the caregiver are only allowed for 4 or 5 days per week. As for the other days, a different caregiver will work for the whole 24-hour period. The first caregiver could work Monday through Thursday, and the second caregiver could work Friday through Sunday.

A caregiver is allowed a four-hour break during the 24-hour shift. You can decide whether to have cover for these 4 hours for an additional fee. However, suppose you do not wish to have cover for these 4 hours. In that case, you or another family member can do so if necessary.
The caregiver is allowed eight hours of sleep during their shift.
With live-in Care, there are generally only two caregivers per week, ensuring consistency of respect for seniors.

24 Hour Care

As caregivers work 24 hours a day, they are not allowed to take breaks during their shifts. Caregivers work either two 12-hour shifts or three 8-hour shifts. During these shifts, caregivers do not have a sleeping break. A caregiver may be able to sleep during the night shift, depending on the circumstances. Moreover, costs differ depending on whether the caregiver can sleep during the night.

With 24-hour Care, someone can always provide in-home senior Care, even at night. Hospices and critical care facilities might find this particularly useful.

Make sure you choose the services that will meet your senior parent's or relative's needs.