Live-in Companions

People in need of assistance or help with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) and/or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) can work with an agency or directly hire a live-in companion to provide services and supports in their own home. Individuals can receive 24/7 home care coverage or perhaps just opt to receive night time care. Live-in companions provide a broad range of services to address the specific needs and preferences of the individual.

These live-in companions, also referred to as live-in caregivers, can either live in their own residence or live in the home of the individual they are assisting. In either situation, there should be a room available in the home of the individual in need of care that they can assign to the live-in companion. Live-in companions may work in teams to provide care for an individual, especially if the live-in has a separate residence.

Eligibility Criteria 

For individuals using an agency for live-in companion services, eligibility is determined by each respective agency.

Services and Fees

Live-in companions provide similar services as other forms of home care. These include such services and tasks as:

  • Homemaking and cleaning
  • Personal care assistance
  • Medication monitoring
  • Grocery shopping and meal preparation
  • Running errands and transportation to local destinations
  • Household duties such as feeding pets, bookkeeping and answering the telephone and door
  • Arranging for home repairs and maintenance

If trained, live-in companions may also provide skilled nursing care.

Financial Options for Live-in Companions

Veterans: The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has no formal live-in companion program. However, financial assistance programs offered by the VA can be used to pay for a live-in companion. Read more about Veterans-Directed Home and Community Based Services and Veterans' Pensions.

Find in Your Area

Visit Hire a Caregiver for information on how to find a live-in companion. You can also enter your ZIP Code below to find a live-in companion in your area.