With its position on the south coast of England, Brighton has a great deal to offer older people and many decide to settle in or around this attractive town in their later years. If you have a loved one in Brighton who needs live-in care, Elder can provide all the help and support they need to remain independent in their own home.
How live-in care works
Elder directly employs carers who move into an older person’s home and live with them 24-hours a day. Because the company carries out all the necessary background checks for its carers, you can be confident that all the details are covered. Elder matches the care recipient with a suitable carer.
If your loved one needs someone who can care for a pet as well, for example, this can be arranged. The carer will work in a rotation with another carer, each working for two weeks and then having two weeks off. This means that they get to know your loved one and their needs very well, and can support them in all aspects of their lives.
What does the live-in carer do?
In addition to carrying out any physical care tasks such as washing and dressing that may be needed, the carer will also provide companion care for your loved one. Sometimes just having someone to talk to can improve the quality of an older person’s life, and the knowledge that there is always someone to call on in an emergency gives them the confidence to feel safe and secure in their own home, even when their care needs are complex.
The carer will shop and prepare nutritious meals for your loved one, do the laundry and help with light housework. They can be flexible because they are with your loved one 24-hours a day, so there is no need for any rigid routines as there might be if they had to go into a care home.
Supporting your loved one with the social aspects of their life is another of the live-in carer’s roles. This might be by taking them out to meet friends or attend social events, assisting with a favourite hobby or activity or simply reading to them.
The beauty of this type of elderly care is that the care recipient can specify all their needs and wishes and because they have a one-to-one carer they have a great deal of autonomy.
What facilities does the live-in carer need?
Because the carer is living in your loved one’s home 24 hours a day, they do need their own space in the form of a bedroom with an easy chair, a TV and an internet connection. They also need bathroom facilities. The carer will eat the same food as the person they are caring for, so no special provision is needed as far as dining is concerned.
If you want them to drive your loved one’s car and take them out and about, insurance will need to be in place. Although the live-in carer will need some time off duty and a certain amount of sleep, this can be flexible.
The care plan
An individual care plan will be prepared for your loved one. Elder will consult with you, your loved one and any other interested parties such as community nurses or GPs to consider all aspects of your loved one’s care. The care plan helps the carer to provide the support that your loved one needs, and will be updated whenever there are any changes in condition or other aspects that have to take into account.
You will be able to read the document and the daily reports so that you have a good idea of how your loved one is getting on. You can also be confident that the carer will let you know if your loved one is ill or if they have any concerns. For people who are unable to visit their loved one as often as they would like, live-in care can give them real peace of mind.
People who are living with dementia are usually much more settled and contented in familiar surroundings than if they move into a strange environment such as a care home. The majority of older people express a preference for staying in their own home as long as they can, and Elder can provide one-to-one carers trained in dementia care to support all aspects of your loved one’s life.
The quality of life of a person with dementia can be much better in their own home with a familiar carer than it would be in a residential home, with many different staff and other residents who may also be confused and anxious.
If you need to arrange care for your loved one in an emergency, Elder can arrange for a live-in carer to start within 24 hours. This type of care is also more affordable than you might expect and offers the best experience for your loved one.