What is Live-In Care or 24 Hour Care?

Needing more support doesn’t have to mean leaving home. You might be be helping mom or dad in their home and things have reached a point where they need more constant assistance. Or maybe you or a family member is having surgery and would rather recover at home. Live-in home care means that a caregiver lives in your home to help with anything from spontaneous needs to planned outings.

If you are a family caregiver, you know that a poor night’s rest can affect your health. Live-in caregivers are entitled to 8 hours of sleep, so you might choose  24-hour care if you need a caregiver to be awake at all times. 24-hour care means that several caregivers rotate shifts so that someone is always awake and alert to help your loved one.

Live-In Care Basics

If you haven’t heard of live-in care before, here are the basic rules: the caregiver can live in the home as long as there is a separate bedroom and storage space for their belongings. Many live-in caregivers drive and can accompany your loved one to appointments or go grocery shopping. If you prefer, a caregiver can drive your car or their own.

What is the cost of live-in care?

There are no additional charges for room and board for live-in care, but the family usually covers the cost of meals (or provides a meal stipend). Alternatively, the caregiver can cook the meals for the client and dine alongside the family.

The total cost of care varies by state and region. You’ll get the most specific answer by calling your local office. They are happy to give you a detailed pricing breakdown.

For more information, you can download our free guide to live-in care.

What is Overnight Care?

Overnight care is about knowing someone is there to help if a loved one needs fluids, snacks, or help using the restroom. It’s perfect for people who have trouble sleeping through the night or tend to wake up disoriented.

With overnight care, a caregiver comes by the house to provide a few hours of care before bed and in the morning. In addition to providing homemaking and companionship services, overnight caregivers can provide a number of personal care services, including:

  • Bathing
  • Skin care and make-up
  • Continence care
  • Dressing and grooming
  • Personal hygiene
  • Personal hygiene
  • Restroom assistance
  • Active range-of-motion assistance
  • Transfer and ambulatory assistance
  • Accompaniment
  • Medication reminders

Frequently Asked Questions aboutLive-In & Overnight Care Services

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.