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Signs it might be time for live-in care

Many families caring for elderly loved ones have come to realize the value of in-home care. The familiar setting of the home and neighborhood is comforting. The family is relieved of care duties. Pets get to stay with their owners. There is no upsetting move-out, no unfamiliar surroundings to adapt to, no strict meal schedules to abide by. Golden Age Companions is proud to provide the highest quality in-home care in the Irvine and Palm Desert area. We can also provide next-level home care, also called, live-in home care.

What is Live-In Home Care?

While most caregivers maintain their own home and commute to and from their recipient’s home, some actually live in the recipient’s home. These are called live-in caregivers. They provide the same services as conventional caregivers but also have their own room within the home.

Nursing Homes Versus In-Home Care

Around the Clock Care Without an Unsettling Transition

An advantage of nursing homes, as some see it, is the round-the-clock care. However, in-home caregivers can provide those same extended hours of care without forcing the patients to make an upsetting transition.

Better Utilization of Patient’s Home For Better Care

Another advantage of an in-home caregiver is the family home is often an asset that is paid for, available, familiar, and underutilized. There is value in providing a part of your home to your caregiver. It eliminates the caregiver’s need to pay outside rent, utilities, and spend time commuting to and from your home.

The terms are always laid out in a contract clearly defining the responsibilities of both parties. A professional care provider like Golden Age Companions is ideal for protecting the rights and responsibilities of the client and the caregiver alike, live-in or otherwise.

Two Types of Live-In Homecare Caregivers

There are generally two types of live-ins: those who have their own home elsewhere and those who live solely in the home of the client. These differences will affect the type and cost of care. But in either case, a private room in the home is assigned to the live-in, in addition to other reasonable amenities such as storage, parking, kitchen privileges, etc.

Caregiver Who Lives Outside the Home

In the case of a live-in caregiver who also owns his or her home, the common scenario is, as the care recipient sleeps, the live-in is alert and awake to provide assistance during the night, especially for individuals with higher care needs. They provide a valuable convenience to the recipient, and peace of mind to the family. In order to provide round-the-clock care, more than one caregiver will be necessary since one person cannot work all shifts day and night. Caregivers are required 8 hours of sleep per day in private quarters.

Caregiver Who Lives Within the Home

On the other hand, live-in caregivers who do not maintain a separate residence are often the sole caregiver, but only for overnight hours. The care recipient receives assistance from other sources during the day. The caregiver’s nighttime presence is more of a safety net in this case. Their help may not be needed every night. They provide this nighttime care in exchange for room and board. Some may even work a second job during the day.

What Services Do Live-In Home Care Caregivers Provide?

The duties live-in senior care providers offer is the same as other home care workers — personal care, daily living, companionship, and nursing services (if trained and licensed). It is not uncommon for live-in caregivers to prepare meals, shop, provide transportation to outside recreational activities, appointments, church, meetings — and even walk the dog.

Conditions We Can Assist With

Different conditions require specified levels of care. Live-in caregivers can assist persons with Alzheimer’s disease by providing supervision, but not necessarily constant care, and persons with Parkinson’s, by providing assistance with mobility but not necessarily high-level nursing care. For some, the problem is as simple as being afraid to be alone at night.

Interested in What Senior Home Care Can Provide?

Knowing how to best care for your family member can be difficult. The founders of Golden Age Companions created their elderly care business with the purpose of giving families better options for senior home care in Irvine, Palm Desert, and beyond. We have personal experience with the dark side of nursing home care and knew that there had to be a better way. Meet our founders and team and see why we are passionate about senior home care.     

We Would Love to Help You

Are you interested in learning more about what live-in home care can provide for your family? Contact us for a free assessment. We would love to help you find the care that your elderly loved one needs. Learn more about the areas we serve and talk to a representative today.

Cost Of Care

It is difficult to estimate the financial investment of live-in caregivers in the Irvine and Palm Desert due to the many factors that can affect cost. Those factors include:

  • geographic area
  • degree of care
  • hours of care
  • number of people being cared for
  • size of the home
  • access to a vehicle
  • full-time resident of the home or overnight only.

Some factors are more difficult to put a value on. For example, the frequency of sleep disruption during night-time hours is an area of great sensitivity to the caregiver that is often undervalued by the family. No two situations will have identical conditions making it a challenge to estimate the cost of care.

The Bottomline

Generally speaking, for persons requiring full-time care, the cost of a live-in caregiver is typically less than full-time home care or nursing home care. Compared to assisted living, there may be some financial similarity. But being forced to leave a pet behind bears its own cost.

Live-In Care Agreement

In any case, it is essential for both caregivers and clients to have a Live-In Care Agreement or Contract — especially in areas lacking live-in caregiver laws and regulations. For persons hiring live-in caregivers through Golden Age Companions, the contract will be provided and the caregivers thoroughly screened, registered, and insured. It is not advised for private individuals to hire live-in caregivers. Any live-in home care agreement should include the following, above and beyond the usual contractual information.

  • Hours of active care to be provided
  • Hours the caregiver will be on-call
  • Total payment due to the caregiver
  • Portion of payment offset by room, board, and other expenses
  • Overtime expectations
  • Overtime compensation rate
  • Vehicle usage, rights, and responsibilities
  • Reimbursement for supplying one’s own vehicle
  • Household duties, including pet care
  • Access/prohibition to specific areas of the home
  • Termination rights, for each party
  • House rules, guest rules, pool rules, pet policy, and other special conditions

What Can You Expect?

No matter who you have care for your elderly loved one, there should always be an attitude of mutual respect between each party. Golden Age Companions has high standards for those caregivers that they hire and as a result, provide to clients in the Palm Desert, Irvine, and the Orange County area. Our standards of care include:

  • Background check
  • CNA certification
  • Entrance exam
  • Personality type evaluation
  • Comprehensive training
  • Regular transparent updates

Learn more about our high standards and our mission, meet our team, and get a free assessment. To learn more about live-in care and other relevant topics, check out Is Live-in Care Right For Me? and our blog.

Payment Options

Payment options for live-in care in Irvine and Palm Desert include private funding, MediCal, veterans assistance, and reverse mortgages. Because the perception is that live-in home care is an extravagance rather than a safe and sensible alternative to institutional care it is assumed the cost of care will bear a premium price.

Calculate the actual costs in your area before accepting this assumption. It is also important to keep in mind the hidden costs of institutional care such as moving expenses, and to add in the intangible benefits of aging in place (which is shown to be an important benefit to Alzheimer’s disease sufferers).

Private Funding

Most live-in caregivers are paid with private, family funds. Providing a room and a vehicle, and meal sharing is one way to maximize underutilized assets of your elderly loved one’s home — that second bedroom, for example. Offering these to caregivers offsets an outlay of cash reducing your cost of care while gaining the benefits of full-time home care.

Medicare and PACE

Medicare does not pay for non-medical care, period. Therefore, assistance for non-medical care provided in the home is not covered. However, the PACE program has solutions for long-term care when the family is also a participant in in-home care. Visit the PACE program website to learn more.


Low-income seniors who qualify for MediCal (California Medicaid) can be covered for senior home care. For more information visit the MediCal website.

Veterans Assistance

Low-income wartime veterans and their spouses may be eligible for assistance. As you can imagine, navigating the details of the program can be daunting, but may be worth pursuing if eligible. To learn more about the possibilities for you, visit the Paying For Senior Care website. /longtermcare/ resources/ veterans_pension.html

Reverse Mortgages

A reverse mortgage pays the homeowner a portion of their home’s equity each month. Among other restrictions, it is required that the homeowner live in the home — which is ideal for a live-in home care relationship. Seniors who find themselves in a situation where they do not have the income or savings to pay for personal care or to make home modifications that would enable aging in place, a reverse mortgage may be an option. Learn more here.