24-Hour Home Care vs. Live-in Care
What's the Difference?
Continuous Care Options
When you're looking into 'round-the-clock care for a loved one, you've got two options: 24-hour care and live-in care. Even though these terms might seem similar, home care providers approach them quite differently. Understanding how caregiver schedules work can help you choose the right care type.
To make the best decision, it's crucial to consult your loved one's physician. Their expertise in managing your loved one's health is invaluable for evaluating continuous care. At Caring for Seniors, we offer both 24-hour and live-in care services, ensuring we can provide the kind of support that best caters to your loved one's needs.
What is Live-in Care?
Live-in care means that one caregiver remains in the care recipient's home for the duration of their shift. Separate sleeping quarters and a bed must be available for the caregiver to take rest breaks. With live-in care, we schedule one caregiver over a four-day period and another for the remaining three days. That means that two caregivers interact with your loved one weekly. Some home care providers schedule one caregiver over a 5-day period and another for the 2 days.
There is a misconception that live-in caregivers are on duty 24-hours a day, that is simply not the case. In Ontario, live-in caregivers get a mandatory eight-hour sleep break during a 24-hour shift. In addition, they are entitled to a 4-hour break during the day and are allowed to leave the home if they choose. So typically, a live-in caregiver is on duty for 12-hours. If not having coverage during the 4-hour break period in the day is a concern, we can provide another caregiver to cover those hours. When your are billed for live-in care, a day rate is used which differs from 24-hour care which is billed hourly. If you decide to have coverage during the day break period, that time would be billed hourly.
Live-in Care Services
• 1 caregiver over 4 days (Mon- Thu)
• 1 caregiver over 3 days (Fri - Sun)
• 2 caregivers scheduled over 7 days
• 8-hour sleep breaks
• 4-hour daytime breaks
• Only one caregiver daily.
• Less costly than 24-hour care
• No coverage 8 hours overnight
• No coverage 4 hours daily
• Sleeping quarters & bed required
When individuals do not require support at night and can also be independent for a few hours during the day, live-in care is an excellent option. It is less expensive than 24-hour care and provides your loved one with the comfort of knowing that there is someone else with them in the home.
What is 24-Hour Home Care?
With 24-hour care services, we assign two caregivers to support your loved one over a 24-hour period. One caregiver assists them for 12 hours during the day and the other for 12 hours at night. There are no rest periods for caregivers with 24-hour care. This is the most significant difference between 24-hour care and live-in care. Live-in caregivers are entitled to an 8-hour sleep break and a 4-hour break during the day. With 24-hour care, there is always an alert caregiver ready to handle situations and emergencies. If you choose, you can use your discretion and allow the night caregiver some time for a sleep break. In a typical week, caregivers can work a maximum of four, 12-hour shifts or forty-eight hours. So our agency would arrange for two caregivers to cover four days a week and two additional caregivers for the remaining three days. Consistency of care is important to us, so we do our best to schedule the same four caregivers weekly. 24-hour home care services are billed hourly.
24-Hour Home Care
• 2 caregivers over 4 days (Mon - Thu)
• 2 caregivers over 3 days (Fri - Sun)
• 4 caregivers scheduled over a 7-days
• No caregiver sleep breaks
• Services are billed hourly
• Caregivers support 24/7
• Sleeping quarters and bed not required
• 2 caregivers interact with the client.
• Costs more than live-in care.
24-hour care benefits people that need intermittent assistance at night as well as throughout the day. It is also a necessity in situations when an individual's health condition requires constant monitoring and supervision. It ensures that they have a caregiver available to provide assistance at any time of the day or night.