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Overnight & Live-In Care Services

We Will Always Be There for You & Your Loved One

Griswold Home Care wants to be there for you whenever you need us, even if those needs include overnight assistance or more involved live-in care. During your consultation with a care coordinator, we’ll discuss your needs and the kind of care you’re looking for. We’ll then suggest what we believe is the best care option for you or your loved one. In some cases, we may recommend more extensive care around the clock to make sure you or your loved one is always taken care of. Overnight and Live-in care are two options we offer seniors and adults with injuries, illnesses, or disabilities.

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, yet remains at the house throughout that period. In addition to providing homemaking and companionship services, overnight caregivers can provide several personal care services, including:

  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Haircare
  • Oral care
  • Grooming
  • Skincare
  • General hygiene
  • Perineal care
  • Changing adult briefs
  • Repositioning if bed-bound
  • Supporting physical therapy exercise
  • Restroom assistance

What Is Live-In Care?

Needing more support doesn’t have to mean leaving home. You might 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 are having surgery and would rather recover at home. Live-in home care means that a caregiver lives in your home, either longer-term or for a short period, 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 health. Live-in caregivers are entitled to 8 hours of sleep, so if the needs are too great to accommodate sleep, you might choose traditional 24-hour care (around the clock care) so there is a caregiver awake at all times. This 24-hour traditional care means that several caregivers rotate shifts (typically 8 hours at a time) so that someone is always awake and alert to help your loved one.

Overnight & Live-in Home Care Basics

If you haven’t heard of live-in care before, here are the basic rules: the caregiver can live in the home if there is a separate bedroom and storage space for their belongings. They must get 8 hours of sleep or at least 5 hours at a minimum. 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.

About Jean Griswold

Our founder, Jean Griswold, was a care professional who became a visionary entrepreneur when she started the first non-medical home care franchise in the United States while running her own home care business.

Jean started at her dining room table in 1982 in suburban Philadelphia. Her husband, Minister and Doctor Lincoln Griswold, informed her that an elderly woman in their parish had died through the complications associated with malnutrition and dehydration because she had no support system to care for her. Jean was deeply saddened by what she felt was an easily preventable tragedy. She was driven to act.

Jean Griswold was an extraordinary leader. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1967 at the age of 36 but continued to work actively in her office until she was 79. She published a book, “Fears of the Elderly” in 2013.

Jean was born in New York City. She received a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Douglass College and a master’s degree in personnel and guidance from Rutgers University. She received an honorary doctorate from Holy Family University in 2006. From 2003 to 2004 she was Entrepreneur in Residence at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She won numerous awards, including the Spirit of Philadelphia Award, the Working Woman’s 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year honor, and the 2002 MS National Achievement Award of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jean passed away on January 28th, 2017 at the age of 86. She was an inspirational woman and entrepreneur, and despite her passing, her values live on in Griswold Home Care today.

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How many hours does live-in care cover?

Although live-in care plays out over a 24-hour service cycle, typically a caregiver is available for 16 hours of service or less, depending on meals and breaks, and also including 8 hours for sleep. If you are interested in traditional 24-hour around-the-clock care, caregivers typically cover shifts in 8-hour increments throughout an entire day to ensure that somebody is always awake.

Does live-in care cover 24-hour supervision?

Live-in care does not include 24-hour supervision. If the needs are so great that supervision is needed for all 24 hours in a day, you will want to consider the more traditional 24-hour awake care where a caregiver will be scheduled for 8-hour shifts to provide care and safety to you or a loved one.

Can live-in care be used in both short-term and long-term care circumstances?

Yes! Griswold Home Care can 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 longer-term situations.

How can I pay for live-in care?

There are many 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 Anywhere Care 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 as well as the one-on-one attention they deserve, no matter their living situation.

What is included in overnight care?

Overnight care is when a caregiver is there a few hours before your loved one goes to bed, sleep over, and is available a few times during the night in case your loved one needs help. They are also there for a few hours when your loved one wakes up. This ensures that your loved one has the care they need during their overnight sleep. 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.

With overnight care, the caregiver can only live in the home if there is a separate bedroom and storage space for their belongings. They must get 8 hours of sleep or at least 5 hours at a minimum.

Does live-in care include overnight care?

The answer is not as simple as yes or no. It will depend on the needs and habits of you or your loved one. Overnight care is specially designed to provide care for one who typically gets up frequently during the overnight sleep hours. This type of care provides you with peace of mind knowing that a caregiver is awake and available to support any needs when the sleep interruption occurs.

Live-in care is designed to provide an agreed-upon number of care hours that also allows for 8 hours of sleep during a 24-hour cycle. If you or a loved when is awake at night and sleeps during the day, a caregiver can sleep during the same hours you or a loved one sleeps and be awake overnight for care support. However, for traditional overnight care coverage, Live-in care would need to be subsidized with an awake caregiver during the overnight hours.

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