What is it like to have live in care?
Having live in care lets our clients lead as independent a life as possible. You have someone there, at home, with you to look after you. But the carer is not under-foot.
He or she does not ‘take over’. The carers are recruited and trained to be the sort of people who recognise when their clients need space, and when they need help or just want the companionship of someone else in the room.
With a carer in the house you often have more to do – something extra to occupy your day. For example, Fidelity Cranbrook, when she had carers, would show them the sights around her house.
This gave her the motivation to get out to some of the places she’d known as a younger lady, it gave her the fun of explaining about life then, it gave her the enjoyment of telling stories and seeing someone else start to appreciate both the beauty of the local area and its recent history.
And there is another carer, who went to a client who had been malnourished because of her history of dieting, who helped her to put on the weight she needed, and (as the client says in her letter) “we have become quite good friends and enjoyed each others company”.