An Overview of Elderly Live-in Care
Live-in care allows your loved one to:
- Remain independent
- Stay in their own home
- Gain a companion
- Keep pets
- Continue with hobbies
- Stay near their friends and family
What is elderly live-in home care?
Until fairly recently there have been limited options for elderly people who struggle to manage their day-to-day lives in their own homes.
Traditionally, it was the job of the extended family to join forces and provide help, support and assistance to their elderly relatives, but changes to the way we live make this a difficult option for many modern families.
With so many people in full-time work, there is often no time to spare to look after loved ones, and this situation has led to a boom in the number of nursing homes and care homes across the country.
However, although residential care is a viable alternative to care from the extended family, many older people are reluctant to give up their independence. Moving out of a much-loved home and into a residential institution is not for everyone, and most older people enjoy their own homes, gardens, and pets, and are reluctant to give up control of where and how they live.
A new type of care
As a response to the need for older people to have a degree of control over their lives, a new form of elderly care has been created.
Rather than having to move out of familiar surroundings and learn to adapt to a completely new way of life, care-at-home packages allow your loved one to remain in the familiar surroundings of their own home, with help available throughout the day and night to provide assistance wherever, and whenever, it is needed.
How does care at home work?
Companies such as Elder source and train highly committed carers, who will move into your loved one’s home and assist with daily tasks. These tasks encompass everything from companion care through to the more complex and demanding needs of dementia care.
Your loved one’s 24-hour live-in carer can help with the housework, look after any pets, arrange shopping trips and outings, and will take charge of medical matters such as arranging appointments and dispensing medicines at the appropriate times.
If your loved one has more complex needs, the caregiver will help with bathing, dressing and toileting, providing the whole family with the reassurance that your loved one’s needs are being met throughout the day and night.
Dulcie’s care story
Dulcie is one of our longest serving customers. In this video, she and her family talk through their decision to arrange care in the home rather than the care home.
The benefits of live-in care
Whilst some older people are more than happy to move into residential care, welcoming the opportunity to make new friends and partake in onsite social events, most prefer to remain in the security of their much-loved homes. Where your loved one is accustomed to being part of the local community, a move away from their own home can be too distressing to contemplate.
In other instances, it’s possible that one of your elderly parents is in good health, while the other is in need of assistance. Employing a live-in carer allows both parents to flourish; remaining in their own familiar surroundings without feeling a burden to their extended family.
Where your elderly loved one has a much-loved pet, a live-in carer can help to facilitate this relationship, by helping out with their animal’s care. Research has shown that contact with animals is highly beneficial to the health and well-being of elderly people, so being able to keep pets is one of the best benefits of live-in care.
Having one dedicated carer, who lives in the home as a member of the family, helps to foster a strong relationship between the caregiver and the care recipient. Elder goes to great lengths to ensure that caregivers and recipients are carefully matched, as this ensures a great relationship between the two, which is beneficial to both parties.
How do I arrange elderly live-in care?
If you feel that live-in care might be a good option for your elderly loved one then the first step is to discuss your requirements with an agency such as Elder.
You will need to provide some idea of the sort of help and assistance that your loved one requires, and tell us about their personality, likes, dislikes, and any hobbies or pastimes that they particularly enjoy.
The more information that you can provide, the better the match that Elder can put in place. If your loved one has a passion for jazz music, for example, we can make sure that we source a carer who shares that passion, giving some instant common ground to ensure the best possible match.
A trial period is a useful way of ensuring that the arrangement is suitable for all parties. Some elderly people are hesitant about having a stranger come to live in their homes, but after a couple of days they usually realise how positively life-enhancing the arrangement can be.
The carer will quickly become a valued member of the extended family, providing the support and assistance that will enable your loved one to enjoy a fulfilling lifestyle.
Home Help: What's the Cost?
There are various cost options to consider and some help towards fees may be available from your loved one’s local authority or through NHS continuing healthcare funding, depending on the individual circumstances
How Can I Pay for Home Help?
You should contact your local authority before hiring home help, who will carry out an assessment to establish if you’re entitled to any grants.
How Do I Choose the Right Home Help?
If you have an ageing parent or relative who is no longer as able they once were, it’s important to understand the different types of help available before deciding on the type that they need.
How Do I Find the Right Home Help Provider?
If your elderly loved one is in need of care, you should make sure that the person you employ to care for them is honest and trustworthy and has the necessary skills to perform their required tasks appropriately and professionally.
When Does Your Loved One Need 24-hour Live-in Care?
If your loved one is struggling to perform household tasks such as cleaning, shopping and cooking, or having difficulty with bathing, dressing or toileting, he or she will certainly benefit from help in the home via 24/7 live-in care.