Choosing the Right Live-in Care Service for End of Life Care: A Comprehensive Guide

  30th May, 2023

Nothing can prepare one for nearing the end of their life, however the right support from a professional team can ensure your loved one is in the best hands possible. Receiving compassionate, dignified and personalised care in the comfort of one’s own home can be invaluable at a time where everything feels alienating and emotionally difficult.

Live-in care services offer a unique option for individuals seeking support during a sensitive time for all involved. There are many factors to consider when selecting a live-in care service for end-of-life care, empowering you to make an informed decision for yourself or your loved one that addresses all of your needs and concerns. As care experts, we’re here to tell you all you need to know about our tailored and person-centred end of life care services.

What does Live in care services for end of life care entail?

Live-in care involves a trained caregiver residing in the individual’s home, providing around-the-clock support and companionship. This type of care enables individuals to receive personalised attention and assistance with daily activities, medical needs, emotional support, and more, while remaining in a familiar environment that doesn’t require a relocation to a hospice or residential care facility.

What should you look out for when choosing a live-in care service for your loved one who’s terminally ill?

Assess the Services Offered

When choosing a live-in care service, carefully evaluate the range of services provided to ensure they meet the specific needs of the individual and make it clear what you or your loved one requires. We’re a devoted care provider that trains all of our staff to deliver care and support of all types, from personal care and most crucially, 24/7 psychological support.

Personal Care: We offer assistance with activities of daily living  such as bathing, dressing, toileting, and grooming. We personalise all care plans to suit the specific needs, conditions and schedules of each client with the utmost sensitivity.

Medical Support: Our caregivers are trained in professional medication management, and will monitor pain or discomfort or any other vital signs of worsening conditions a client may show. We have strict protocols in place to address emergencies and can collaborate with healthcare professionals as needed.

Emotional Support: End of life care is a deeply emotional and challenging time for both the individual and their loved ones which we take very seriously, and ensure we employ individuals who can create a robust infrastructure of care as kind-hearted and capable professionals. Our caregivers are not just there to help with physical support, but are companions who will look out for clients and family members at all times.

Household Management: During End Of Life Care, our caregivers seamlessly deal with household management tasks to ensure the environment is as comforting and safe for individuals as possible. We understand how important a clean and organised environment is for building a sense of peace and comfort.

How to ensure the assigned caregiver is the right person to deliver end of life care services:

The caregiver who provides live-in care will play a significant role in the individual’s well-being and comfort, and we understand how to match the best caregiver to each client to ensure their experience is as positive as possible, and that requirements are met 24/7.

All of our staff are thoroughly trained and experienced in the field. However we understand you’ll want to know more detail about experience before selecting our services. On request, we’ll always break down a full caregiver profile, such as the caregiver’s qualifications, training, and experience in end-of-life care. Our caregiving team specialise in areas such as palliative care, pain management, and emotional support as all valuable elements to efficient end of life care services. We conduct thorough background checks on all caregivers and provide references for you to verify their reliability and professionalism.

It goes without saying that an opportunity to meet and interact with potential caregivers to assess compatibility is a must. This way you can monitor if the caregiver’s personality is the right fit. A strong rapport and trust between the caregiver and the individual are crucial.

What Arbour Care’s professional end of life care services can guarantee for you and your loved one:

We ensure there are no hidden costs when it comes to our live in care services, and are renowned for our transparency and straightforwardness across all services delivered. We make sure  that the end of life care services provided align with your budget and expectations, as money should be the last thing you have to worry about at such an emotionally distressing time.

We regularly update and review each care plan with close loved ones of the individual client, adapting to the changing needs of the individual. We find that regular evaluations will ensure that the care remains effective and responsive to evolving requirements.

Our team are strong and proactive communicators across the board. We communicate closely with family members or designated contacts regarding the individual’s well-being and any changes in their condition. As we’ve highlighted before, we have strict protocols for handling emergencies that may arise, and have procedures in place to address medical emergencies, caregiver absences, or unexpected situations that may occur to ensure you and your loved one are in the know at all times.

Choosing the right live-in care service for end-of-life care is a deeply personal decision. By considering the services offered, you can make an informed choice that prioritises comfort, support, and dignity for yourself or your loved one during this important stage of life.

  • "The carers have been very good, one even using her free time to visit the husband in hospital and really going the extra mile."

    ED Westcott

  • "The  care that Jola provides is fabulous in every respect. I cannot praise her highly enough for the patience she shows with. It was a happy day when she came to us "

    RL Englefield Green

  • "As far as I am concerned, Roberta has been an absolute rock for our family. Completely unselfish in her care and invaluable."

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  • "Arbour provided live-in carers for my wife for six years from 2017-2023 including the pandemic. My main impression is of a very professional organisation in which owners and staff worked all the time to provide the support the client needed at as high a standard as possible. They gave equal attention to statutory requirements, care plans and staff training and never cut any corners."


  • "The support that we have had from Arbour Care has been, quite literally, lifesaving. They found an amazing carer to look after my elderly and disabled husband, who is very experienced, kind and thoughtful. She has made an enormous positive difference to the quality of our lives and I will always be grateful to her and cannot thank her enough."