Live In Care Basics

The Idea of a Live in Caregiver is appealing to many families caring for elderly loved ones because they offer an alternative to assisted living or nursing homes by providing around-the-clock or overnight care in the home.

How Live In Care Works:

There are two types of live in caregiver situations: those in which the caregiver maintains their own residence in addition to the home of their client and those caregivers who live strictly in the home of their client. In either situation, there must be a room available in the home of the individual in need of care that they can assign to their caregivers.


who maintain a second residence

Live in caregivers who maintain their own residence typically work and sleep 5 days a week at the home and are considered the primary caregivers. They sometimes work in teams. Usually they switch with another caregiver during their 2 days off. This type of Live in care is appropriate for individuals that will need assistance during morning, afternoon and evening. Live in caregiver works up to 16 hours a day but must get 8 hours a sleep during the night. They will get up in case of emergency or once when assistance is needed but otherwise they need to be left alone to sleep.


who do not maintain a second residence

Live in caregivers who do not maintain a separate residence work and sleep at the client residence 7 days a week. This type of live in care is appropriate for individuals that need assistance during the day but can be left alone or utilize other services like adult day care, spending time with family and friends. Some live in Caregivers in this situation also work a second job during day time hours. The caregiver presence in the home at night is more as a safety valve, or as an "on call caregiver". It is not expected their help will be required every night. They are providing care, at least partially but are otherwise left alone to sleep.


If around-the-clock care is needed, you have the option of 24 hour home care and live-in care to ensure a caregiver will be there throughout the day and night. Both services are great alternatives as they allow care recipients to receive 24/7 care while allowing them to stay in the comfort of their home. With 24 hour care, two caregivers are typically assigned daily to work 12 hour shift each. Usually, there is no sleeping break given to a caregiver during a 12 hour visit at night.


Live In Caregivers can provide personal care assistance with the activities of daily living, companionship, and if trained, nursing services including assistance with medications. It is very common for live-in caregivers to prepare meals, do the shopping and provide transportation assistance for recreational activities or medical appointments as well as laundry and basic light house cleaning. Live in caregivers are especially common when assisting person with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or Stroke.


Assistance with bathing (shower, bath, sponge bath)
Assistance with toileting and personal hygiene
Dressing and Grooming
Meal Preparation, assistance with eating, feeding, diet and nutrition
Medication Reminders, scheduling doctor appointments, pharmacy pick up
Assistance with mobility (walking, light exercise to retain and strengthen mobility)
Transportation (doctor appointments, errands
Companionship (socialization, fun outings, trips, movies, playing board games)


Light Housekeeping (make bed, change sheet, clean sink, stove, refrigerator, wiping/sanitizing bathroom and kitchen, empty trash, vacuum, dust, mop floors)
Laundry (Wash/dry fold and put clothes away, wash linens)


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