Live in care is often a more affordable option for those who need a considerable amount of assistance or an added peace of mind for loved ones, knowing that someone is always there to help. Live in care can be a cost-effective alternative for residential or nursing home placement, allowing for the highest level of support in the comfortable and familiar environment of their home.

There are several factors to consider when deciding if live in care is right for you or your loved one. These questions are a good starting point:

  1.  Do they live alone, or with a spouse who is unable to care for them on their own? Living alone considerably increases risk factors falls, injuries, and also social isolation.
  2. Do they require at least 10 hours of care each day? This is generally the tipping point where it makes more sense to have a live in (both financially and from a manageability standpoint) than to continue with hourly care.
  3. Does the home have a comfortable space for the live in? The Care Professional will need a private place for both sleep and to rest or recharge between assigned duties.
  4. Do they client live in an area that is more remote? Living in an area that is further from a major city makes it more difficult to secure consistent hourly care.

Our Care Professionals are placed with clients based on their experience, skillset and credentials to ensure the best possible match. Furthermore, they are skilled in their ability to maintain your privacy while still being there to help when needed.  They will be able to assist with both activities or daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, as well as joyful companionship and accompanying on outings both medical and social.

A live in Care Professional will ultimately become like family. Using a qualified agency to secure a live in Care Professional is important because it protects both you and your Care Professional’s interests. Doing it on your own positions you or your loved one as the employer and ultimately responsible for the following:

  • Withholding and filing of payroll taxes.
  • Background Checks.
  • Ensuring Employment Eligibility.
  • Liability and Worker’s Comp Insurance.
  • Unemployment Insurance.
  • Supervision, Training and Hiring/Firing.
  • Locating replacement care when your Care Professional is off or sick.

For families and friends of the client, they enjoy the added peace of mind of knowing that a skilled and compassionate Care Professional is always there for them, ensuring the safety, health and quality of life.

Allegiance Aging Care Services specializes in live in care, give us a call today to secure a quality live in Care Professional for your loved one living in the Northern Virginia area.

About the Author: Pam Reynolds, CMC is the President and co-owner of Allegiance Aging Care Services. Pam has spent almost fifteen years working in senior care including long term care facilities and home health care. Her higher education is in Social Work, and she has been credentialed as both a certified Geriatric Care Manager and Licensed Assisted Living Administrator. Read more about Pam and her team of Aging Care Professionals here



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