Choosing the type of care best suited to your loved one can be tough. According to Kerry Mason of My Life Living Assistance, the first question to answer is whether your loved one requires live-in care, visiting care, or specialist care.


My Life Living Assistance provide a great summary of the most common options on their website, as summarised below.


Live in care

Live in care is the preferred option for those who would like continuous companionship and a little support, those who need more support and safety than a visiting service can offer, or those whose needs are more complex support around the clock. It can also be used as a temporary respite solution instead of residential care.


Visiting care

A flexible visiting care service means your care provider can visit for as little as an hour a week, or several times a day. This might be to help with personal care, meal preparation, going out to social events or for respite for the main carer. It’s flexible and is a good way to introduce the service to someone who may be a bit resistant or nervous to receiving help.


Specialist care

When there is a more complex support need, specialist care that is nurse led ensures that your loved one is still in the comfort of home, yet still receiving the level of care one would expect in a hospital. This can be combined with live-in care for more intense care needs.


Respite care

Caring for a partner or parent can be a challenging and tiring time but it also has huge benefits. Many providers offer respite care to allow you time to rest and more importantly to continue to be yourself and live your life. This may be to meet with friends, go to the gym or simply to take a relaxing break away knowing that your loved one is in trusted and safe hands.


Home from hospital

Offering a holistic approach to the whole hospital journey, from packing a bag and getting there, to coming home and recovering. A home from hospital service enables your loved one to recover and regain confidence in their independence and ability to do things for themselves again. We can also stay and support if the post-hospital needs are greater.



Companionship is often something that is at the forefront of your mind, especially if you live far away from and older parent or relative, and they are living alone. Companionship can significantly increase someones sense of well being and therefore improve overall health.


End of life care

Most people wish to end their days in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of their own home, however many don’t achieve that. With your chosen provider offering care and support to suit your needs, from a visiting service to live in and nurse led specialist care, you may be able to keep your loved one in their home until the end.


Kerry is joining the panel of June’s Retirement Café to share her experience of the different types of care and who they’re best suited to. To register for your free ticket, click here.