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How 24-Hour Home Care Is Different from Live-in Care

The Right CaregiverAs the effects of aging set in, your loved one may require increased attention and care.

In fact, nearly half of the population over the age of 65 needs assistance on a day-to-day basis. When facing the decision of how to care for the one you love, you have three options. You can choose to move your loved one into an assisted living or nursing home, provide the care yourself, or hire an in-home caregiver. While nursing homes provide around-the-clock care, they also require the patient to leave their home and loved ones. This oftentimes leads to anxiety, depression and a decreased quality of life. You may decide to provide the care that your family member needs on your own. While this is noble, it may lead to burnout. Plus, if you’re not properly trained, you may not be able to provide the care that’s needed.

Instead of uprooting your loved one and disrupting your life, why not hire homecare in Costa Mesa? With options like live-in and 24-hour homecare, you can select the type of assistance that’s right for you and your family.

The terms “live-in care” and “24-hour care” may seem synonymous, but there are some key differences to note when making your decision. It’s important to understand the differences between the two before you hire a caregiver. Before you begin searching for the right type of care, make a note of the needs of your loved one. This allows you to more clearly decide which around-the-clock care option will best benefit your family. However, the 24-hour care arrangement may be their best option. Read on to learn how these two care arrangements differ and why one may be more beneficial to the senior in your life.

Live-In Care

live in caregiverAs the name suggests, live-in care means that there is a caregiver living on the premises at all times. This doesn’t mean that the caregiver has taken up residence in your home. Instead, it means that for a 24-hour period, one caregiver is on site. After the shift is over, the caregiver may return to their own home or start another consecutive shift with your family. Instead of having a team of a few caregivers rotating through shifts, one caregiver is booked for a maximum of four to five days out of the week. The shifts are 24 hours long with an 8-hour sleeping break required. In order to hire a live-in care provider, a bed or bedroom must be provided. On top of the sleeping break, a 4-hour daily break must also be given.

Live-in care is a great choice for those families who are looking to limit the number of caregivers providing assistance. Typically, you’ll only need to schedule 2 caregivers to cover an entire week. This allows for closer relationships to be built and more fluidity of care. Live-in care is also billed much differently than 24-hour care. Instead of billing by the hour, each caregiver is paid a flat rate for each day of employment. Many prefer this style of billing as it’s simple to calculate. It is also important to note that live-in care is not an option in all territories in the U.S., as it varies from state to state.

However, it’s just as important to weigh the cons of this type of treatment. The biggest problem is that there are mandatory breaks required. Since there is only one caregiver scheduled at a time, this could prove problematic. If you’re concerned about your loved one being constantly monitored, the thought of an 8-hour sleep break and a 4-hour daily break may seem daunting. Who’s to say when your loved one may have a fall, experience chest pain or other emergency symptoms, or worse? To remedy this issue, many families opt to have a secondary care provider step in during the breaks just to ensure that their loved one is constantly monitored. This still limits the number of caregivers involved in assisting your loved one, while also providing around-the-clock care that you need. However, paying for overlaps in care can be expensive, as well as complicated to manage.

24-Hour Homecare

in-Home CaregiverIf live-in care doesn’t sound like something that suits your family’s style and schedule or it is not allowed in your state, consider 24-hour homecare instead. Much like live-in care, it provides continuous care around the clock. Instead of one caregiver handling an entire 24-hour period, two caregivers are scheduled to work for 12 hours each, covering the entire day. Because employees are only working 12 hours, there’s no need to provide a sleep break or a bed or bedroom unless you’d like to.

Another benefit is that 24-hour homecare is a bit more flexible than live-in care. You can choose to have your caregivers work 12-hour shifts or you can hire 3 caregivers to work 8-hour shifts. This ensures maximum alertness throughout the entire shift. Unlike live-in care, 24-hour homecare is billed by the hour. It is important to note that 24-hour care from this approach is allowed in all states.

Overall, since the home care staff will work 2 shorter, 12-hour shifts, as opposed to the all-day arrangement of live-in care, the 24-hour staff will be more attentive to your loved one. Professionals will be mentally sharp enough to stay on top of your senior’s health needs and status. They’ll also remain physically energized to handle tasks like lifting your loved one from a seated or lying position. Because the staff will be awake for their entire shift, you won’t have to worry about the consequences should your loved one have health needs in the middle of the night or very early in the morning. If the senior in your life truly needs around-the-clock, dedicated service by a trained professional, 24-hour care is the superior choice. It gives you a nursing home level of supervision while maintaining privacy and property.

Making the Right Choice for Your Loved One

While your decision between 24-hour or live-in care should be determined by preference and the needs of your loved one, heed this advice before deciding, carefully weighing your options and goals. Then, contact 24 Hour Home Care. 24 Hour Home Care is pleased to provide a variety of homecare choices specifically tailored to fit your needs. Whether you require around the clock assistance or you’re simply looking for a qualified caregiver to provide help a few hours a week, we’re here for you.

24 Hour Home Care is committed to providing a high quality of care while improving the daily life of each of our patients.

So, why wait? Discover how we can improve your loved one’s home life today, giving you the confidence that they’re attended to when you can’t be around to provide for them.

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Client Reviews

24 Hour Home Care review summary

Reviewer: Patricia
Patricia 2020-09-18 via Google
I like working for 24hr home care because they allow me to have a flexible schedule and I can take advantage of how far away from home I'd like to travel for work.
Reviewer: Liliana D
Liliana D 2020-09-18 via Google
Improving getting better and better really listen to our voice send us a recognition letter congratulating us as frontline workers, send us a little gift for our performance, send us an gift certificate from amazon for school supplies pack of $30 dollars for our children looking forward for more improvements feels good to be recognize as a great frontline worker helps us get more motivated afterall thats going on. Ive never got anything or a congratulations from them ever its the first time in the 3 years ive work with them and today they call me to say happy bday i feel special. Thank you 24hr homecare
Reviewer: Tatyana
Tatyana 2020-09-18 via Google
Pros: It’s nice working here. With this agency, you have a very flexible schedule. There are a lot of 4-5 hour shifts, although they do offer overnight shifts as well from 8 hours, maybe 12. You can qualify for employee benefits after 1 year of working here. They have “emergency rate” wages as well, these are last minute shifts that can raise from $1-5 an hour; if they hired you at $14hr and they give you an (e-rate) emergency rate then it’ll probably be from $15, $16, $17+ depending on the case. Traveling is required and they did have a virtual interview with me. They have employees working 24 hours if you decide to call them. They use the CC-Go app to clock in and clock out. They also give you a link to a corporate perks website that will give you discounts on phones, plane tickets, hotels ect. Cons: Communication with the office/managers can be difficult at times because when you call, anyone/random person can answer. My personal recommendation as a company request for employee(s): Sending each caregiver a “care package” in a ziplock bag with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, ect. in case a facility or client doesn’t have the supplies needed. Having these “care packages” would help the company prevent any further sicknesses when dealing with urination and bowel movements if anything were to happen.
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Highly recommend!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great, award-winning company!
Reviewer: Samantha
Samantha 2020-09-13 via Google
Great company! Highly recommend.
Reviewer: CAROL
CAROL 2020-08-01 via Google
Reviewer: Laura
Laura 2020-06-12 via Google
Our care givers are loving, friendly and devoted. They are family! Thank you for being here for us.
Reviewer: Richard
Richard 2020-06-09 via Google
Our Care-giver Mudrakat is a blessing for us, with a big heart, and a very professional approach and skills - she will go far...
Reviewer: Raul
Raul 2020-05-28 via Google
Great place to work for!

The Most Trusted Caregivers

The success of our clients and company is entirely dependent on the quality of our caregivers. We make certain to find and provide our senior clients with the industry's best caretakers so that they have a positive in-home care experience. We submit all of our caregivers through nationwide background checks, assessment tests, and verify multiple references. All of our caregivers are required to be compassionate, reliable, experienced, and above all else, TRUSTWORTHY. We understand that you are entrusting your loved one's home and well-being with our company, and we take that very seriously.

24 Hour Home Care® is committed to improving the lives of our senior clients. By assisting seniors with their daily living activities, we are able to keep them at home where they are comfortable and allow them to thrive during this chapter of their lives. Not only do we strive to exceed customer satisfaction, but we strive to exceed employee satisfaction. We want all of our caregivers to be proud and happy to work for 24 Hour Home Care® so that they will provide the best senior home care possible!


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