The definition of a live-in aide is someone who live-in with one or more senior citizens, disabled individuals, or close-to-senior adults, and who: A) possesses the physical ability to perform the job; and B) needs the assistance of another individual on a daily basis in order to perform the job. Although the traditional definition was someone who was capable of living on his or her own, live-in aides are now defined as someone who is an in home caregiver. This change was brought about by the caregivers’ request to be categorized as live-in aids rather than independent caregivers. Also, when requesting a live-in aid, seniors (with or without disabilities) are much less likely to be granted the services they need. Instead, they are often placed with a nanny or in home caregiver.
Home Companion Care refers to supervision that provides care, safety, and assistance to senior citizens while they remain in their homes. This type of care is provided by licensed professionals who are trained in the field of elder care. There are two categories of companion care: in-home care for seniors. Companion care is typically provided by live in companions or non-live in companions. An in-home caregiver provides visits to seniors, or alternatively, lives with an in-home elderly adult, and either visits twice or three times per week or every other day.