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If your aging loved one struggles to meet their basic needs or suffers from loneliness, it’s time to take action. You may be wondering: What’s the difference between hourly care vs. live-in home Care in Long Island, and how can you tell which type of care will support their needs? 

As an NYS licensed employment agency specializing in nonmedical care to seniors, we at SeniorCare Companions understand the nuances that separate standard home care from exceptional home care. We work closely with you to create a care plan with a team of compassionate caregivers who can make your loved one’s day brighter, predictable, and safe. Keep reading to learn the differences between hourly care vs. live-in care. 


Hourly Care vs. Live-in Care for Seniors 

Hourly care places caregivers in your loved one’s home on an hourly, as-needed basis. This style of care allows seniors to have more assistance around the home while encouraging greater autonomy. 

The number of hours your loved one’s caregiver is present depends on your loved one’s health. For instance, if your loved one suffers from mild dementia, her caregiver may need to stay for half of the day vs. visiting as needed to assist with tasks such as specialist appointments and grocery shopping. It’s an excellent solution for seniors who aren’t ready for live-in care. 


What Does Hourly Care Look Like? 

Hourly care enhances seniors’ quality of life by offering extra socialization during daytime or evening hours. Additionally, SeniorCare Companions will help your loved one with: 

  • Light housework and daily tasks 
  • Personal hygiene guidance (i.e., washing, dressing) and grooming 
  • Assistance with making and attending appointments 
  • Setting up a walker or another mobility device.
  • Meal planning and clean-up 
  • Ensuring that prescriptions are filled and taken as needed (however, your loved one’s caregiver cannot provide skilled nursing services such as physically administering medication, IVs, etc.) 
  • Companionship in the form of conversation, playing games, gardening, taking walks, providing emotional support, and more

What Does Live-in Care Look Like?

Live-in care is a great option that gives you the piece of mind that someone is always going to be there with you loved one.  Live in care places a caregiver for a 24- hour period in the home.  During those 24 hours, they are expected to provide care to your loved one, but they are entitled to 8 hours of sleep time (5 hours un-interrupted) and a few breaks during the day.  If the demands of the case do not allow the caregiver to get the adequate sleep or break time, then you might need around-the-clock hourly care, which means that caregivers will be present and ready to provide services day and night.  We also offer this type of care at SeniorCare Companions.

Like hourly caregivers, a team of live-in caregivers at SeniorCare Companions help your loved one with personal hygiene, grocery shopping, and other errands, morning and evening routines, moving from room to room or up and down the stairs, prepare and clean up meals, and other basic tasks. 

We recognize that clients who require live-in care have more extensive needs, so we train our caregivers how to identify changes in their behaviors and provide physical and emotional support on an around-the-clock basis.

Long Island’s Live-in Home Care Experts

At SeniorCare Companions, we find that seniors recovering from an acute and non-threatening illness, seniors with limited mobility, and seniors with moderate dementia prosper with an hourly care team.


To learn more about the cost and benefits of our in-home care services, give us a call at 631-581-9000 or email We look forward to speaking with you. 

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