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24-hour Live-in Home Care: What’s the Cost?

With an increasingly ageing population, there is a huge demand for elderly care services. More and more families are looking at alternatives to the care home model, as older people who are accustomed to living independent lives, reject the idea of moving away from their much-loved homes.

Why choose live-in care?

As much as we would all love to be able to lead completely independent lives as we grow older, it is inevitable that some of us will need a degree of help with day-to-day life as the ageing process takes hold. If you have elderly parents or relatives, then you will understand their desire to remain in their own surroundings, even if they find it more challenging to cope with the practicalities of increasing old age.

It used to be the case that as a person found themselves struggling to cope with daily life in their home, they would automatically move into residential care. Nowadays, although care homes are still an option, increasing numbers of elderly people are opting instead to employ a dedicated carer who lives with them in their own homes, providing help and assistance wherever it is required.

The beauty of live-in care within the home is the lack of disruption to your loved one’s life and routine. Remaining in a much-loved environment, with familiar objects and possessions around them means that the person does not have the upheaval associated with moving into institutional care. Friends and neighbours are still close at hand, and there is no need to part with dearly-loved pets.

How does live-in care at home work?

Although it’s possible to source your own caregiver to come and live in your loved one’s home, it can be complicated to organise.

You need to conduct interviews, check references, arrange a DBS criminal check and arrange the carer’s salary, including tax and National Insurance contributions. You must also offer the carer a pension, and may need to take out employer’s insurance too. It is far easier to let a dedicated care at home company, such as Elder, take charge of these details, leaving your loved one free to enjoy having their own caregiver around to help wherever needed.

Elder takes charge of all the administration and conducts all the necessary background checks to ensure that the carer is legally and morally up to the task of caring for your loved one. Moreover, Elder ensures that the caregiver is matched to the care recipient, so if your loved one enjoys sporting events, then a carer will be arranged who shares that passion. Make sure that interests, hobbies, pastimes and even beliefs are aligned ensures that the carer fits seamlessly into the household, becoming an additional family member without any awkwardness.

Many Elder care recipients choose to have a live-in carer throughout the year, providing help and support wherever it is needed, but there are options for respite care too if you usually act as a carer to your elderly loved one. Perhaps you are in need of a holiday but are reluctant to ‘rock the boat’ and disrupt your loved one’s routine.

Or maybe your elderly parent can usually manage quite well in their own home but needs some extra help following an illness. Elder can arrange one-off care packages or long-term options according to your loved one’s exact needs.

Dulcie’s story

In this short video, Dulcie and her family explain her reasons for choosing Elder live-in care.

They discuss how live-in care has allowed her to stay independent in her own home while making a new friend at the same time.

Living with Live in Care: Dulcie's Story

What does the carer do?

A live-in carer provides care at home for complete peace of mind.

Duties range from companion care, where the carer is on hand to accompany your loved one on outings and is a constant presence throughout the day and night, through to more complex requirements.

All aspects of elderly care can be catered for, whether that is assistance with housework, shopping and meal preparation, through to the demands of dementia care, where special skills are needed to cope with sometimes challenging behaviour.

For peace of mind, live-in care offers clear advantages over care homes, as the caregiver offers dedicated attention day and night to your loved one. Knowing that there is someone nearby to deal with any emergency can be reassuring for many families, especially where their loved one suffers from dementia and may be prone to wandering off and becoming lost and disorientated.

How much does live-in care cost?

At Elder, the cost of live-in care is just £1225 per week, which can be up to 30% less than the cost of residential care. Unlike residential care, the caregiver can devote every moment of the day and night to your loved one, rather than having to move between residents. If both your parents require live-in assistance the financial savings become even more significant, as there is only one carer to pay for as opposed to the cost of two beds in a residential home.

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