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What is the Difference Between Live-in Care
and 24-Hour Home Care?

With home health care, qualified medical professionals, such as registered nurses, provide medical care at your place of residence. Depending on your needs, you can get this type of service part-time or on a 24-hour basis. Full-time home health care is ideal for people who need ongoing medical supervision but would like to remain in their own residence.

If you or a loved one need ongoing medical services, you need to understand the types of home health care available. The most common options are called live-in care and 24-hour home care. Both of these options bring a certified caregiver into your home at all times of the day or night, but the services they provide are quite different.

At Preferred Home Health Care, we’re happy to consult with you about the details of our services and which would be right for you or your loved one. Here is a look at the differences between live-in care and 24-hour home care.

What Is Live-In Care?

Live-in care is care provided by health care professionals who reside with the client in their house over a long period of time.

A live-in care specialist helps with bathing and grooming, medication reminders, meals, cleaning, and other light housework.

What Is 24-Hour Home Care?

24-hour home health care nurses work in shifts to provide direct medical care to clients at all times of the day or night.

Providers of 24-hour home care might also be specialized nurses who care for clients on ventilators or who have had a tracheotomy. These professionals can monitor a client’s condition 24 hours a day. If you need 24-hour skilled nursing care, you typically have several nurses at any given time, who work 8 to 12 hours at a time.

The Main Difference Between Live-In Care and 24-Hour Home Care

Live-in caregivers need a place to sleep and put their belongings. They may also eat with the client. Twenty-four-hour home care nurses do not necessarily need this type of arrangement, but this can vary on a case-by-case basis.

Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services offers both live-in care and 24-hour home care. We provide qualified professionals who can give you or your loved one the attention, care, and companionship they need. 

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