What is home care?
Home care combines the support of a professional caregiver with the place your loved one knows best.
Here at Elder, we specialise in 24-hour live-in care. All you need is a spare room, and we’ll introduce your relative to an expert who gets them back to living their own lives.
Why choose home 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 home care tailored especially to them.
Fantastic care, fast
You could find a live-in carer to provide top care for your loved one within as little as twenty-four hours.
One of the family
We have lots of expert carers to choose from, and will find a great match for your nearest and dearest.
We’re always here
With our Care Specialists on hand to answer your every question, you’re never on your own.
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.
Get in touch for expert care advice call us on 0333 920 3648
Home wasn’t built in a day
They’ve spent years getting their place just the way they like it. So who can blame your loved one for wanting to stay put?
Live-in care is a great way to enjoy the very best care, in an environment that brings out the best in them.
A better standard of care
When you join Elder, you can rest easy knowing your loved one is getting the very best care at home.
Our carers are the top 10% of those who ask to join us. And since they look after your loved ones day in and day out, they’re better placed than any other home carers to build a lasting and meaningful relationship.
Making your money go further
Live-in care is one of the most cost-effective forms of elderly support – round-the clock or otherwise.
Not only are our home carers available whenever you need them, there’s no risk you’ll lose track of costs. We don’t charge by the hour like most home carers: it’s just a single rate of £1295 a week.
Frequently asked questions
Do home carers provide overnight care?
Ours do. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or late at night, there’s always help on hand with a live-in carer.
Assistance at bedtime can prove key in giving your loved one a better night’s sleep, which can have a positive and lasting effect on wellbeing. And if your relative needs to get up in the middle of the night, live-in carers are perfectly placed to help them do it safely.
Learn more about elderly night-time care on our ‘Overnight care: how to help ageing parents’ page.
What is home care?
Home care is a form of elderly support in which a caregiver provides assistance in the care recipient’s own home.
This might just be during home visits scheduled throughout the week. Or it might involve a professional caregiver moving in to offer 24-hour support, as it is with Elder. Your choice will depend on the extent of your loved one’s needs.
To find out more, we’ve put together some of the myths and misconceptions about home care for you to explore.
Will home carers cook for my loved one?
While visiting home carers may not have time to prepare meals, this is one of the most important responsibilities of a live-in carer.
They’ll find out the sorts of things your loved one likes to eat, and get them involved in the prep if that’s something they’d like to do. But whipping up meals is just one part of a live-in carer’s role: they’ll also keep an eye on nutritional content to make sure your relative stays fit and healthy.
You can find out more about a live-in carer’s mealtime responsibilities on our ‘Nutrition: caring for elderly parents’ page.
What can I do to make my loved one’s home safer?
If your loved one is staying in their own home, you may want to make some changes to the way it’s laid out.
This may include moving furniture around or reducing what’s there altogether, and installing ramps, rails and stairlifts. You might also want to add security features, such as automatic cut-offs for cookers.
We’ve gone into all of these in more depth on our ‘Making homes safer for older people’ page.
How do home care and residential care homes differ?
There are some key differences between home care and residential care, and which you choose ultimately comes down to your personal circumstances.
The obvious one is that residential homes require your loved one to move out of their own home. This means they may not get to eat when they want to, or get out and about when it suits them. This isn’t the case with home care, which tends to be much more adaptive to their needs.
The other major difference is the cost and the provisions in place to support payment. This is a complicated subject, and we’ve broken it down for you on our ‘Home care or nursing home: what’s the difference?’ page.