What is the Difference Between 24 Hour care and Live-In Care?

by | Apr 11, 2020

When the time comes where you are looking for around the clock care for you or a loved one, there are two different options that you can choose from to ensure a caregiver will be present all throughout the day and night. Those two options are 24 hour care and live-in care. Depending on yours or your loved one’s particular needs, 24 hour care and live-in care could benefit you differently.

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What is 24 Hour Care?

24 hour care consists of two caregivers coming into the home and working 2 separate 12 hour shifts. The first caregiver usually works 8am to 8pm and is then relieved by the second caregiver who then works 8pm to 8am. There is no sleeping break given during the 12 hour night shift, unless you allow it. 24 hour care is billed hourly. 

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What is Live-In Care?

During live-in care, one caregiver is scheduled 24 hours a day and usually works 1 or 2 weeks on and then has the following 1 or 2 weeks off, where they are replaced by another caregiver during that time. Live-in caregivers live in the home with the client and require their own bed where they can sleep through the night. Unlike the 24 hour care the live-in caregiver is not permitted to leave the house, however they do have 4 hours of respite per week in which you can decide whether you want coverage for or not. Live-in care is billed at a flat rate per day rather than per hour. 

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If you are interested in finding out more about 24 hour care, live-in care and other home care services, check out a full list of services offered at Parkwood Home Care.

Lorna MacMillan

Lorna MacMillan, President & Founder

Lorna MacMillan is the President and Founder of Parkwood Home Care. Lorna is a thought leader in the areas of Adult Ageing, Psychology and Adult Education . Through years of experience with seniors, individuals disabilities and a strong passion for helping others, Lorna was able to create Parkwood Home Care into the care service it is today.