What is live-in dementia care?
Live-in care empowers those with dementia to lead as fulfilling a life as ever.
With a live-in carer, your loved one has someone on hand to help them manage their condition night and day. All in the comfort, security and familiarity of a home they’ve always known.
Why choose dementia care with Elder?
Whether your loved one needs a lot of support or just a little looking after, we offer flexible, cost-effective, 24-hour care tailored especially to them.
Even at short notice
We’ll introduce your relative to top-quality care when they need it. Even at 48 hours notice if urgent.
We know how important it is to put your loved one at ease. That’s why we work with you to find their perfect carer.
Support to rely on
Whatever questions you have, our dementia care experts are available to provide you with the advice you need.
Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 100-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for six months. We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman – and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.
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Stay put on memory lane
The photos they recognise. The smells they remember. The little imperfections they love.
For those with dementia, there’s nowhere more comforting than the home they know. And for those with a carer on hand, the home they know is still one of the safest places for them to be.
Expect a higher quality of care
To bring out the best in your loved one, we bring them the very best carers.
That starts when we find those with the expertise to help your family through this difficult time. And it finishes only when we’ve found that one person we think your loved one will adore.
Invest in peace of mind
Peace of mind needn’t cost the earth. With us, in fact, our live-in carers cost £895 a week.
We won’t surprise you with hidden fees for weekends, bank holidays or night-times. We will be there to offer advice about how to make payment a little easier for you. So that’s one less thing to worry about.
Frequently asked questions
What is live-in care?
Live-in care is a type of dementia care. A caregiver moves into a spare room in your loved one’s house, and provides round-the-clock behavioural, medical and physical support.
For more details on live-in care and how it differs from residential homes, take a look at our ‘Live-in care or care homes: what’s the difference?’ page.
Are live-in carers trained to deal with dementia needs?
Our carers are well equipped to deal with low- to mid-level dementia needs, as well as manage the symptoms that come with the condition. More pronounced needs may, however, require a specialist environment, such as a nursing home.
Dementia isn’t something you should feel you have to manage on your own, and we’re here to help. As a starting point, try our ‘How to care for ageing parents’ page.
Do live-in carers look after all forms of dementia?
They do. Dementia is an umbrella term for all sorts of cognitive challenges, and our carers know the effect each of them can have on behaviour, memory and more.
They understand how important it is to put your loved one at ease when they get confused, and to encourage the sort of reminiscence that can help stave off the condition. But above all, they understand the value of treating every case as unique, and learning what works for that particular person.
You can find out more about how the symptoms of dementia differ on our ‘What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?’ page.
I’m a caregiver to my elderly relative. Can I work alongside a live-in carer?
You can make use of live-in carers in whatever way you need. So if you want them to take on the bulk of the responsibility, they will. But if you just want a bit of support from time to time, that’s fine, too.
The only thing that matters is that you’re using them to enhance both your life and that of your loved one. We have a few tips on how best to do this on our ‘Caregiver tips’ page.
Should I choose live-in care or nursing care?
Live-in care and nursing care are very different ways to look after a loved one with dementia – and which you choose will depend on your circumstances.
Live-in care enables your loved one to stay in a place they find familiar, and one with the potential to stimulate their memory. Nursing care, meanwhile, is a tailored environment that has been designed with safety and security in mind. This may make it a better choice for those with severe needs.
To find out more, take a look at our ‘Live-in care or nursing homes: what’s the difference?’ page.
Learn more about live-in care
The True Cost of Care
Explore the ins and outs of paying for care, and the resources available to you to help cover the costs.
Care homes vs live-in care
Take a look at how two of the most popular forms of care match up, and suss out which one’s right for you.
24 hours of care at home
Gain a better understanding of the day-to-day roles and responsibilities of a live-in carer.