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Alzheimer's: How to Care for Ageing Parents

There may come a time when we realise our parents or relatives aren’t able to live alone any longer. Old age and age-related issues such as Alzheimer’s create safety concerns, and these become a constant worry. However, we neither want them to move into a home nor do they wish to live in residential care. The question then arises whether live-in care is an option. Can care given by a live-in caregiver be a better option, and is it an affordable one?

Individual Care

We work hard in our daily lives to build lifestyles that suit us. We value our independent living just as our parents and older relatives do, and we can empathise with their situation. Many of us have already experienced visiting a grandparent or other relative in a residential home and have considered that this is not what we want for either ourselves or our parents. Especially if they are living with dementia or Alzheimer’s, where unfamiliar and impersonal shared accommodation can be unsettling.

There are three other practical options: choosing to accommodate and care for our relatives at home, employing a home-care service to visit regularly or finding a reliable, professional and compassionate live-in carer.

For many people, it is not possible to have their parents come to live with them. Either there is too little space; the home is not practical for someone living with Alzheimer’s or else work commitments mean that they can’t be with their relative during the day. There is also the factor that parents may not want to live in their child’s home and may prefer to remain in their own home.

The next option, employing a home visit carer, is often the first step people take towards considering 24/7 care. A home visit carer will usually visit for a fixed amount of time each day, to help with tasks such as washing, cleaning or cooking. However, their time is often in demand, and may only allow for limited care on a rather inflexible schedule. For dementia care especially, home visit carers are not a practical solution. A round-the-clock presence is essential.

Considering Private Care

One of the first thoughts on the subject of private care is the cost. How can you afford to hire a professional carer or a private live-in care? However, many people find that 24/7 live-in care is more affordable than they imagined; in some cases, it is comparable to the cost of residential care. Finding the right person to care for your loved one is essential - after all, they will be living at home and spend extended time with them.

At Elder, we understand all these issues and concerns and deliver care packages that are tailor-made to the need of the care recipient.

How Does Elder live-in Care Work?

After a full consultation and care evaluation, we will suggest a trained live in carer for your parent. You and the care recipient will be able to look at their profile and professional experience and decide if this person is likely to be a good fit. The chosen carer will live in a spare bedroom in the house - enabling them to deliver around the clock care when needed.

Who Would Care for my Parents?

Live in care workers are trained in-home and Alzheimer’s care. They are not usually registered nurses, but many have nursing and nursing home backgrounds.

What do They do?

In addition to overseeing medication and health requirements, the live-in carer will help the care recipient wash and dress and use the toilet. They can also cook, clean and do the shopping - and can also provide valuable companionship.

Dulcie’s care story

Duclie is one of our longest serving customers. In this video her and her family talk through their decision to arrange care in the home rather than the care home.

What Does 24/7 in-home Care Entail?

The live-in carer is available 24/7 because they are continuously on-site. A call button or alarm will alert them in the night if they are needed. Otherwise, their day will begin when your parent wakes up, and they will be with your loved one as they perform domestic tasks such as cleaning and cooking. They will talk and read to them and sometimes sit and watch TV with them too. In essence, they are like an additional family member.

Securing Peace of Mind

Many older people with Alzheimer’s are otherwise generally in good health. Having someone there to help with the practical day-to-day requirements and provide companionship is the most important part of their care. Finding good live-in care is really about finding the right person. At Elder, we thoroughly vet and ensure training for all our carers, take on the practical and logistical elements of securing good care and ensure there are no gaps in the care plan - and we understand the importance of peace of mind, for both you and your loved ones.

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