Home Care Live-In Workers vs Shift Workers

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Another important home health care distinction to understand is the difference between live-in workers and shift workers. As their names imply, a live-in home caregiver resides in the elder’s home, whereas a shift worker’s caregiving period is restricted to a predetermined start and end time.

Ordinarily, hiring a live-in caregiver involves providing that individual with their separate bedroom and living space, as well as meals and other amenities that may be agreed upon during contract negotiations. Also, live-in workers aren’t on-call at all hours—they need at least eight hours of sleep per night and time set aside yearly for vacation.

To determine whether a live-in or shift worker arrangement is best, keep the following fundamentals in mind at all times:

  • How many hours of care are needed per day? For individuals who need 12 or more hours of daily assistance, a live-in caregiver may be better.
  • Is care needed throughout the night? If so, shift workers may be the best option since they’re not permitted to sleep while on duty.
  • Which option is most cost-effective for you? This will depend on various factors, including your location, the kind of care needed, and the number of care hours required per day.
  • How does your loved one and family feel about home care? Above all else, everyone involved must be entirely comfortable with the home health care decision made.