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How Do I Choose the Right Home Help?

Some elderly people can carry on living in their own homes without any assistance throughout their lives, but most people will require some form of assistance, whether temporary or permanent.

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.

Short-term care

Even if your elderly loved one is in excellent health, they may require assistance at some point, such as following surgery. Short-term care offers temporary help in the home while your loved one recuperates and recovers.

The carer will provide support and assistance with bathing and dressing, perform household tasks such as cleaning, shopping and meal preparation, and will assist with medical appointments and prescriptions. Once your loved one is fully recovered the care package can be terminated.

Where you or your family members act as caregivers to your elderly loved one, a period of short-term care allows you time to unwind. Or perhaps you are ill yourself, or have other commitments that make it difficult or stressful to continue with your own care work. A period of short-term respite care gives you a break and allows you to recharge your batteries while ensuring that your loved one is safe and well looked after.

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Long-term care

If your elderly loved one has more complex needs, such as general ill-health, or is suffering from a form of dementia, for example, then a long-term care plan may be required.

Until recently, the principal form of long-term care was to move your loved one into residential care, but this option is becoming increasingly unpopular with the introduction of live-in care which allows your loved one to receive the necessary care in their own home.

Complex Care

Some elderly people have more complex needs, such as those recovering from a stroke, for example, who may need assistance from trained physiotherapists and speech therapists. Care needs may reduce over time as your loved one improves, or may need to continue as a long-term solution.

What does a live-in carer do?

A live-in carer can provide a whole raft of services that allow your elderly loved one to remain in the sanctuary of their own home, even when they are no longer able to perform many of life’s daily tasks. Your live-in caregiver can provide anything from simple companion care through to the more complex needs of dementia care, and everything in between.

The carer can help with household duties, including laundry tasks, shopping, cooking and organising days out. Available throughout the day and night, the carer can help with any task where your loved one needs assistance, from help with bathing, toileting and dressing to organising medical appointments and administering prescription drugs.

Live-in carers know what to do and how to react in emergency situations, giving peace of mind to family members, who can relax knowing that their loved one is safe and well cared for, no matter what time of the day or night.

Whichever type of care your loved one needs, it’s essential to make sure that the caregiver is honest, reliable and able to cope with the demands of the job.

You can source a caregiver for your loved one yourself, but bear in mind that this can be a lengthy and time-consuming process. You must check references and qualifications very carefully, and be sure to carry out a CRB/DBS check to make sure that the carer has no criminal convictions. You will be liable for paying your caregiver’s tax and NI, and you may need to provide them with a workplace pension too. You must draw up a contract of employment, detailing salary, duties and holidays.

With time at a premium for so many of us, the whole process can be made simpler and less time-consuming by choosing a good care agency, such as Elder, to organise live-in care on your behalf. This option ensures that the caregiver has already been carefully vetted by the agency, who also take charge of employment contracts and tax, NI and pension contributions on your behalf.

If you feel that your loved one could benefit from an elderly care-at-home package, then contact Elder to discuss your requirements with no obligation.

By contacting Elder, you can discover the many benefits that employing an Elder caregiver could bring to your loved one, and discuss any worries or concerns that you or your loved one may have regarding care in the home.

You can even trial the service to discover whether a live-in home help could be the perfect solution for your circumstances.

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