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Choosing the right care for you

13 Common Types of Care


Seeking care doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. Once you get to know the different types of home care that are available to you, establishing a care plan that suits your individual needs will come naturally.


There is a wealth of options for people looking for care and, whether it be for yourself or a loved one, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

If you’re not sure where to begin when it comes to seeking care, the best place to start is almost always with the care service you need. By understanding the different types of care available, you’ll find it easier to work out a care plan that suits you.

Home care

Not wanting to leave home can delay many people from seeking care, but the good news is that Elder is a care agency that offers support from the comfort of your own home, which means you don’t have to move out.

Home care, like the kind Elder offers, is a terrific option for people wanting to remain at home. Many people choose it as the foundation for their care plan because it allows them to stay in a familiar environment, while they receive the type of personal care they need.

1. Live-in care

Live-in care is perfect for people with full-time needs who are seeking round-the-clock care from the comfort of their own home.

Both the person receiving care and their loved ones can really benefit from this type of care. Not only does the person receiving care get to enjoy the companionship associated with full-time care, but family and friends can rest easy knowing their loved one is receiving the full attention of an experienced care professional.

2. Overnight care

Everyone’s care requirements are different, which means, for some, there may be an overlap in the types of care you require. Overnight care can be very complementary to a daily or part-time care plan.

Waking up throughout the night can cause some people to become disoriented. In addition to providing other types of personal care, like visiting the toilet, having an overnight carer can help minimise the risk of falls or accidents throughout the night.

3. Dementia care

Dementia can affect a person’s ability to remember and impair their reasoning, making it hard to complete many daily activities. People suffering from dementia can also find it difficult to control their emotions and may lack motivation and have trouble with their speech.

If you’re seeking care for someone with dementia, it’s a really good idea to find someone who has experience as a dementia carer in the past and has completed dementia awareness training.

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4. Alzheimer’s care

Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of dementia affecting areas in the brain that control thought, memory and language. For this reason, remaining in a familiar environment can be really helpful.

The right care professional can help keep the home tidy and safe by removing obstacles and ease stress relating to the symptoms of the disease.

5. Respite care

Respite care offers a much-needed break to full-time caregivers, and gives people receiving care a nice change of pace too.

Elder care professionals bring with them a broad range of personal care skills, and are often chosen for their ability to work more flexible hours. At Elder we’ll match you with a carer who fits your routine in order to give you and the person needing care a break.

6. Parkinson’s care

Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease, which affects the nervous system and leads to tremors, slow or imprecise muscle movement and muscle rigidity. Because the disease is progressive, it’s likely your care requirements may change over time.

At Elder we believe that when it comes to providing excellent care, consistency is key, and we aim to find you a care professional who can adapt to your changing needs. Having a someone reliable and consistent reduces the stress associated with frequently changing carer.

7. Convalescence care

Convalescence refers to a person’s rehabilitation from an illness or injury. Naturally, in this situation, the type of care you need will vary depending on the individual and what they’re recovering from.

Convalescence care can involve manual handling (lifting and moving people) or simply helping them remember when to take their medication.

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Whether it’s getting up on the dance floor, forming lasting friendships or offering complete peace of mind to loved ones, a live-in carer can be transformative. These videos include families discussing why they chose 24-hour care at home and how it was arranged, as well as snapshots of how those receiving care find it.

8. Multiple Sclerosis care

Like Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is progressive. Due to damage to a person’s nerves, it can affect movement and mobility.

Maintaining good overall health is really important for people with MS, so it’s a great idea to find a care professional who can facilitate a healthy lifestyle. This could involve helping them to stay as active as possible and ensuring they’re maintaining a nutritious diet, on top of any other personal care requirements they may have.

9. Spinal injuries care

Depending on how recent the injury, caring for someone who’s sustained a spinal injury will often involve regaining or maintaining their independence – making personal care an important factor when looking for a care professional.

Discuss with your Elder Care Specialist the requirements of the person needing care – whether it involves lifting and toileting needs, or maybe a helping hand during shopping trips and some light household cleaning. They can help tailor a care plan to suit individual needs.

10. Bariatric care

Bariatric care caters to the needs of people who are severely overweight, which means care plans can be determined by a variety of factors, such as mobility or other health issues associated with obesity.

In addition to personal care, consider whether the person needing care will require assistance moving. Some people seeking bariatric care choose to have more than one carer at a time for this reason. Having two people can improve the comfort of the person being moved as well as that of the carers.

11. Palliative care

Also known as ‘end of life’ care, palliative care is as much about obeying the wishes and ensuring the physical comfort of the person needing care as it is about offering support to their family and friends.

Palliative care should start as soon as it’s required, and can last as little as a number of days, or up to 12 months or more. Discuss your needs with an Elder Care Specialist to begin receiving care as soon as possible.

12. Physical disabilities care

Physical disability broadly describes the types of physical difficulties experienced by the person needing care, which can have a major impact on the type of service you need.

In addition to any specific care requirements, helping them to maintain an independent and active lifestyle should be a major consideration when seeking care.

13. Learning disabilities care

As with physical disabilities, establishing a care plan for someone with a learning disability should take into account the complex needs of the person needing care.

A tailored care plan with Elder can focus on skill development, as well as helping the care recipient form and maintain social relationships.

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Every family we help is unique. For each, there are different triggers that finally motivate them to give us a call. Here are some of their stories:

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Jim’s story – care after hospital discharge

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Sue’s story – care for a WW2 veteran

Sue’s story – care for a WW2 veteran My mother is an amazing woman. She is very quick-witted and has lived a full life, even having a stint as a…

Jill’s story – personalised dementia care

Jill’s story – personalised dementia care Jill has been with Elder since Jan 2020, care is for her mum (Peggy) who is 97 with dementia. Jennifer is their primary carer. …

Jan’s story – care for an elderly couple

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Ian’s story – live-in care advised by local council

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