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How do I arrange home care for myself or a family member?
How do I arrange home care for myself or a family member? As we get older, it’s only natural that some daily tasks start to feel a little overwhelming. Some elderly people will remain fit and energetic well into old age – able to get out and about whenever suits them. However, for most of […]
What is an introductory care agency?
What is an introductory care agency? When it comes to finding a home carer for your elderly loved one, there are several options available. There is no one-size-fits-all solution; personal circumstances and needs can vary widely. Bringing a carer into your loved one’s home requires careful consideration as to who you select. The options for […]
What domestic tasks will a home carer look after?
What domestic tasks will a home carer look after? Live-in carers are at the heart of our comprehensive approach to round-the-clock home care. A significant element of every home carers’ role is to provide reassurance and support with practical everyday tasks, including assistance with personal care and prompting medication. However, we believe that there is […]
How will my loved one’s caregivers communicate with me?
How will my loved one’s caregivers communicate with me? When an elderly loved one seems to be struggling to cope in their own home, knowing how to react can be difficult. When this happens, it is a stressful time for everyone concerned, but particularly for your loved one, they may be frightened and confused about […]
What is the right salary for a home carer?
What is the right salary for a home carer? As there are so many different types of home carers, it’s hard to provide a one-size-fits-all answer. Several factors will affect the right salary in any given set of circumstances, including geographical location, any special requirements and the required level of experience and qualification of the […]
How can a home carer help after a hospital discharge?
How can a home carer help after a hospital discharge? It is essential to have the correct level of support in place when your loved one is discharged from the hospital. The right support will help ensure that their transition back into their own home is as seamless and as stress-free as possible. When should […]
How will a home carer deal with behavioural problems?
How will a home carer deal with behavioural problems? Home carers recognise that while caring can be enormously rewarding, it can also be demanding. Mainly when providing a comprehensive programme of home care for someone who is displaying unpredictable and/or challenging behaviours. It is always important to select the right live-in carer for your loved […]
What personal care tasks will a home carer help with?
What personal care tasks will a home carer help with? Care at home enables your loved one to remain in their own home and maintain their independence. Personal care gives your loved one the support they need with bathing, dressing and their personal appearance, all in the comfort of familiar surroundings. What is personal care? […]
How should I pay a home carer?
How should I pay a home carer? Care at home is an excellent way for a much-loved family member to maintain their independence. However, before a personal care package can be designed for your loved one, it is essential to work out how to pay for their specialist needs. Deciding to what degree, and by […]
How are home carers insured?
How are home carers insured? Deciding to bring on care at home for a loved one can be an emotional process. Because of this, you want the logistics to be as easy as possible. Having said that, it is also important not to leave essential factors to chance, such as checking that your carer is […]
What kinds of meals will a home carer cook?
What kinds of meals will a home carer cook? Ensuring that an older loved one receives the proper nutrition can be a daunting task. A home carer can make sure that their nutritional needs are met through healthy and well-balanced meals adapted to their specific dietary requirements. Eating healthy meals means that your loved one […]
Why should I hire a self-employed carer?
Why should I hire a self-employed carer? When your elderly loved one is struggling to cope in their home, your primary concern is bound to be for their safety. This raises the question of arranging elderly care. You may consider moving them into a care home as one option, but another, more favourable idea might […]
What type of background checks should I be doing on a home carer?
What type of background checks should I be doing on a home carer? When you employ a home carer to look after a vulnerable loved one, background checks are a necessity, not a luxury. You may feel that you are an excellent judge of character. You may also feel that conducting background checks on a […]
What home carer costs do I have to cover?
What home carer costs do I have to cover? Care at home is an attractive option for thousands of elderly people who would prefer to remain in their own homes, rather than moving into residential care. Home care offers plenty of flexibility. Whether you’re searching for companion care, or more specialised services, such as dementia […]
Private home care or a care home: Which is better?
Private home care or a care home: Which is better? Care home or home care? Historically, a care home was the only option for elderly care and those with complex care needs. A modern care home is a residential facility that a loved may move into on a temporary or permanent basis when they need […]
How do I choose a home care agency?
How do I choose a home care agency? How do I choose a home care agency? If you have a loved one who is in need of elderly care or is likely to be in need of care in the near future, you will no doubt have a lot of questions. Choosing a home care […]
How to prepare a house for home care
How to prepare a house for home care How to prepare a house for home care If you’re organising home care for a loved one, you probably have lots of questions about how to prepare their home (or your home, if they live with you) for care. Many more people are turning to care at […]
Do home carers have insurance?
Do home carers have insurance? Do home carers have insurance? Home care work may sound as though it’s relatively risk-free, but there are a surprising number of factors that could have an impact upon the wellbeing of the caregiver, as well as that of the person that they are employed to help. Of course, everyone […]
Home Care: What is Respite Care?
Home Care: What is Respite Care? Who may need respite care Respite care is important in a number of ways, both for carers and the people they care for. Being a home carer is a role that can be physically and mentally demanding. Respite care allows a carer to recharge their batteries, safe in the […]
Home Care: What is Palliative Care?
Home Care: What is Palliative Care? There may come a time when your loved one finds themselves in need of a home carer who can help to improve their quality of life as they face a life-threatening illness or condition. This is known as palliative care and is the focus of this short guide aimed […]
Overnight Home Care: What’s the Cost?
Overnight Home Care: What’s the Cost? Overnight home care: What’s the cost? In contemplating care at home, it is important to consider exactly what help your loved one or relative will need. Assistance or just a presence is often required at night as elderly people commonly have disturbed nights due to bathroom visits or medical […]
How to find the best home carer for my needs
How to find the best home carer for my needs How to find the best home carer for my needs As our loved ones get older, we need to carefully consider the plan for their long-term elderly care to best ensure their wellbeing. The needs of our elderly relatives change with time. Activities that were […]
Home Care: Do I Pay for Home Carers Holidays?
Home Care: Do I Pay for Home Carers Holidays? Do I pay for home carers holidays? If you’re employing or planning to arrange the services of self-employed home carer, you probably have a lot of questions about the whole process. You might be wondering what happens when the carer takes holidays and whether or not […]
How many hours will a home carer work?
How many hours will a home carer work? Help at home Care at home is very flexible and can be temporary or long term. Your loved one may need a live-in carer for a few weeks as they get over an illness. Or they might want a hand getting dressed in the morning or with […]
Home Care: What’s the best way to hire a carer?
Home Care: What’s the best way to hire a carer? There are a number of ways in which you can hire a home carer. You can use a specialist such as Elder to provide your loved one with a carefully vetted and matched carer, or you can employ a carer directly. You will no doubt […]
How can a home carer help in a medical emergency?
How can a home carer help in a medical emergency? How can a home carer help in a medical emergency? If you have an elderly parent or loved one who is normally very independent, it can come as a shock if their situation changes suddenly. A medical emergency can occur at any time and you […]
When should I consider help at home from a paid carer?
When should I consider help at home from a paid carer? When should I consider help at home from a paid carer? If your loved ones are beginning to struggle with everyday tasks, help is available. A live-in carer can make a real difference. With their support, your loved one can maintain their independence while […]
How do home carers charge?
How do home carers charge? How do home carers charge? If your loved one needs care, care at home is one of the best ways for them to maintain their independence. The first step in understanding the costs for your loved one’s situation is getting a care needs assessment from your local council. Once you […]
Is 24-hour home care an alternative to care homes?
Is 24-hour home care an alternative to care homes? As older people live longer, there is an ever-increasing demand for quality care. A Laing and Buisson survey conducted in 2016 revealed that there are approximately 416,000 people living in care homes across the UK. This figure equates to 4% of the total population aged 65 […]
Home care: Frequently asked questions
Home care: Frequently asked questions At Elder we speak with thousands of people up and down the UK each week to discuss the various questions and queries that they have around live-in home care. We find that although families are often sold on the very basic idea of elderly care in the home – understanding […]
How to Care for Elderly Couples
How to Care for Elderly Couples When a couple has lived together for many years, they usually want to stay together, however this can be difficult if one of them needs specialised elderly care. Often, the person who is healthier takes on the role of caregiver for the other, but as both grow older, more […]
How to Make Homes Safer for Dementia Patients
How to Make Homes Safer for Dementia Patients While some people diagnosed with dementia will move into a residential home where they can receive 24/7 care, other families will choose to help their loved one remain in their own home. As many living with dementia can find change distressing and do not cope well with […]
Helping the elderly get connected: technology and loneliness
Helping the elderly get connected: technology and loneliness We’re living in a technological age, and the elderly risk being left behind. Younger generations are leading the speed of development and rush of new technology, and many older people cannot or will not keep up. Many deem it too complicated or unnecessary – what’s wrong with […]
Nutrition: caring for elderly parents
Nutrition: caring for elderly parents As we age, our nutritional needs change and so do our appetites. Older people may eat less, but they also need fewer calories. However, other aspects of diet, such as vitamins and mineral levels and foods that can be dangerous to older people, need to be considered. Old age is […]
How to Make Homes Safer for Older People
How to Make Homes Safer for Older People Whether due to slower reaction times or simply not being able to see and avoid risks, elderly people are far more likely to suffer a fall or other injury when at home. Those in the over-65s age bracket account for the vast majority of hospital admissions and […]
Overnight Care: How to Help Ageing Parents
Overnight Care: How to Help Ageing Parents If your loved one needs extra support to remain safely and happily in their own home, there are various ways to provide this. You or another family member may be able to give them the care they need in the daytime, but unless you can get enough rest […]
Falls at Home: Caring for Elderly Parents
Falls at Home: Caring for Elderly Parents When we’re toddlers, we tend to fall over a lot, as we learn about balance and organising our bodies to stay upright. In middle age, we suffer few falls and those that do occur tend to be the result of tripping, slipping or suffering from an illness. As […]
Home care: what are the costs?
Home care: what are the costs? The costs of home care to an individual can vary widely and are dependent on many different factors. These include the type of care needed, how many hours a week you need a caregiver to be present, your financial situation, where in the UK you live and whether you […]
Home care: How do I pay for It?
Home care: How do I pay for It? There are various ways of paying for home care and dementia care, but understanding the various options of care provision can seem very daunting at first. Many people who need to arrange care at home for themselves or for a loved one worry considerably about the financial […]
Home care: how does it work?
Home care: how does it work? Home care works in many different ways. Each person’s case is different with unique preferences, physical needs and life experiences, and care at home should be as tailored as possible to the individual’s requirements. Initial steps When you first decide to investigate the possibility of live-in care for yourself […]
Home Care: When Is It Appropriate?
Home Care: When Is It Appropriate? There are many different occassions and situations in which home care can be helpful. Sometimes just a short period of care at home is enough to make a difference, but more often families may decide that they need an extended period of elderly care in the home for an […]
Home care or nursing home: what’s the difference?
Home care or nursing home: what’s the difference? Deciding whether your needs can be met by care at home or whether you need to go into a nursing home is an issue faced by many older people. Although staying independent living in your own home is the option most people would choose, the pros and […]
Home care: how to choose a care provider
Home care: how to choose a care provider Choosing which company to employ to provide care for yourself or a loved one is an important decision and you need to carry out some research beforehand. There are some key issues to clarify so that you know that you will always receive high-quality home care from […]
Home care: how to find a carer
Home care: how to find a carer People usually want to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as they can, but as they grow older there is often a need for some support with this. Housework, cooking meals and shopping can pose real problems for some older people, so they need […]
Home care: what does it provide?
Home care: what does it provide? Home care is a good way of providing elderly care and care for people who are recovering from illnesses or have mobility issues. Allowing an individual to remain independent living in their own home whilst receiving all the care they need is beneficial in many ways and can even […]
Home care: the questions you need to ask
Home care: the questions you need to ask If you are looking for live-in care for yourself or a relative, there are a number of important questions to ask potential providers of care at home before you make a decision about which one is most suitable for you or your loved one. The ability to […]
Home care for the elderly – What is it?
Home care for the elderly – What is it? Research has proven that the majority of older people would prefer to live independently in their own homes. Unfortunately, there are many times when this doesn’t happen and loved ones end up moved from familiar surrounds to be placed in residential care homes. This is very […]