Preparing For Live-In Care

Transitioning from living alone to home care can be a stressful time for seniors and their families.  Particularly when you are adjusting to live-in care, you should have everything in place beforehand to help the change go as smoothly as possible for you and your family.  Before your new live-in caregiver arrives, make sure you have:

  • Bed linens and a private place for the caregiver to sleep.  This can be a spare bedroom or a pull-out couch, but it needs to be quiet so that the caregiver can get their full eight hours of sleep.
  • A bathroom with fresh towels and a place for the caregiver to store their toiletries.
  • Space in the refrigerator and a place for the caregiver to cook.  Ask your home care provider what the policy is on providing food.
  • Access to laundry facilities.

Finally, don’t forget to ask your home care provider if they have any other policies for live-in cases.