Care that Never Leaves Your Side
Understanding Live-In Care

When you or a loved one need an increased level of care, you still have the option to remain at home. You might be the daughter or son who has been helping mom or dad and things have just reached a point where you need a little help yourself. 24 hour home care means that a caregiver is available when needed, but that your loved one has the personal space and autonomy as if they were living alone. 

About Live-In Care For Seniors

Live-In Home Care is an option for families who need more care around the clock, however, live-in home care services are not as well understood as assisted living or nursing home options. When considering non-medical live-in help, we know you have a lot of questions. First, the referred caregiver can live in the home, provided that there is a separate bedroom. There are no additional charges for room and board for live-in care, but the cost of meals (or a meal stipend) are usually provided by the family or the referred caregiver can simply cook the meals for the client and dine alongside the family. Many caregivers have a driver’s license and own their own car to accompany your loved one to appointments and go grocery shopping. If you prefer, a caregiver can drive your car or theirs. For more information, please download our free guide to live-in care.

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Griswold Home Care prides itself on its reputation as a premiere non-medical in-home care referral service. When considering the live-in care option, our clients are usually unaware how broad of services a non-medical caregiver can provide. It is typical for clients who are researching live-in care options to think they need a live-in nurse when most of the senior assistance needed is likely non-medical. These duties usually fall within the realm of a personal care assistant, tending to a senior’s homemaking, and companionship needs. Clients should consider having a non-medical caregiver / personal care aide scheduled for the basic activities of daily living versus having a higher priced live-in nurse present during the entire day. 

Overnight Care

Overnight care is also an option with a referred caregiver. This service involves a caregiver assisting with a few hours of care before bed and after a good night’s rest. If you are assisting a loved one, you know that your health can be affected without a good nights rest. Caregivers usually request that they receive at least 8 hours of sleep, but they are there to assist you during the night if your loved one is unable to sleep or needs to use the restroom. Having a caregiver in the home as your loved one sleeps gives peace of mind and security while you rest, enabling you to wake up fresh to go about your day.

Why Live-In or Overnight Care?

Providing your loved ones with around-the-clock non-medical home care can also be a preventative way to avoid a nursing home. In fact, two of the biggest reasons older adults transition to Assisted Living Facilities are a result of medication prompts and fall risk concerns. Around-the-clock care for the elderly is very possible at your own home and having access to live-in help or a referred overnight caregiver can reduce the factors that might lead to a nursing home admission.

Griswold Home Care specializes in referring highly capable and compassionate live-in caregivers to clients across the United States. 

In addition to providing homemaking and companionship services, the live-in caregivers Griswold refers offer a number of personal care services, including:

  • Bathing
  • Skin care and make-up
  • Continence care
  • Dressing and grooming
  • Personal hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Toileting assistance
  • Range-of-motion assistance
  • Transfer and ambulatory assistance
  • Accompaniment 
  • Medication reminders

*Based on licensure and state-specific requirements, we currently offer companionship services only in NY state.

Frequently Asked Questions on Live-in & Overnight Care
What is the cost of a live-in caregiver?
The total cost of care includes the cost of the caregiver and the office fee. Most Griswold offices are a registry, which means we refer a caregiver to you that we have screened thoroughly. After the referral, you would work out the cost with the caregiver themselves. We do have full employment offices in several states, but the cost still varies from one office to the next. To get the best estimate of what a live-in caregiver might cost, please call your local office directly.
What is included in live-in care?
Live-in care involves a referred caregiver living in the same home as your loved one. They are there to assist with activities of daily living, and they are able to accompany your loved one to any appointments or social outings outside of the home as well. Some caregivers are able to drive if that is a need for your loved one. Please tell your local office everything that you would want a live-in caregiver to do so that they can refer a caregiver that matches those needs.
How many hours does live-in care cover?
Though live-in care is a 24 hour service, typically the caregiver is available for 16 hours, and unavailable for 8 hours of sleep. If you are interested in 24 hour around-the-clock care, multiple caregivers would need to be referred in order to cover an entire day and ensure that somebody is awake at all times.
Does live-in care cover 24 hour supervision?
If you choose to have 24 hour supervision, multiple caregivers will be needed.For a scenario like this, we would refer more than one caregiver to ensure that somebody is awake with your loved one at all hours of the day.
Can live-in care be used in both short term and long term circumstances?
Yes! Griswold Home Care is able to refer live-in caregivers for any length of time. We understand that there are times that a live-in caregiver is needed for only a few days as well as more permanent situations.
How can I pay for live-in care?
There are many different ways to pay for non-medical home care. If you’re interested in more information about paying for home care, please check out our ways to pay for home care guide.
Can live-in caregivers assist in an independent living facility, nursing home, or other senior housing options?
Yes they can! Thanks to our AnywhereCare Advantage we can refer a caregiver to help wherever your loved one resides. This way you can be reassured that your loved one is receiving the care they need, and definite one-on-one attention as well, no matter the living situation.
What is included in overnight care?
Overnight care is when a caregiver is able to be there a few hours before your loved one goes to bed, they sleepover and are available a few times during the night in case your loved one needs help, and they are also there for a few hours when they wake up. This ensures that your loved one has the care they need during the nighttime sleeping process. If your loved one does not need care during the day, but you prefer that a caregiver be there for them at night, overnight care may be the right fit for your needs.
Does live-in care include overnight care?
Live-in care does include overnight care. The only difference between the two is that the caregiver is present in the home for 24 hours a day during live-in care while overnight care usually only involves a few hours before and after your loved one is sleeping.