What is live-in care?
Live-in care is the new alternative to a place in a residential care home. When you are starting to worry about your elderly relative, and whether or not they are struggling to cope in their own home, then a live-in carer can provide peace of mind without the need for the upheaval that a move would create.
Why is live-in care the better alternative to a care home in Cheltenham?
There are some excellent residential care homes, but none of them can provide 1:1 staff ratios for residents. Staff are subject to shift rotas and the sheer numbers that they must look after means that quality time with individual residents is hard to come by.
A live-in carer, on the other hand, is able to devote their entire working day - and the night-time too, if necessary - to the health and wellbeing of a single person, or to a couple. This allows for much closer one-to-one care and understanding.
The live-in carer is an enabler and facilitator, helping your loved one to take part in their favourite activities and pastimes without having to plan them days in advance. So a trip to the Regent Arcade and the Promenade for some Christmas presents, or a wander around Pittville Park on a sunny day to feed the ducks can be arranged and accomplished within minutes, without the need for the form-filling and risk assessments that would be required in a residential home.
Most care homes are unable to accept pets, yet many elderly people enjoy the benefits of owning a cat or dog and would be reluctant to be parted from them. An Elder carer will help with pet care duties, as well as performing a variety of tasks around the home, from cleaning to laundry, according to your loved one’s requirements.
Why is Elder the best care solution in Cheltenham?
Whether your loved one lives in Cheltenham itself, or one of the surrounding villages, such as Prestbury, Elmstone Hardwicke or Ullenwood, an Elder live-in carer is on hand throughout the day and night to offer help and assistance whenever and wherever it is needed.
Elder provides every type of care, from straightforward companion care for elderly people who are lonely and vulnerable in their own homes, through to the more complex demands of care recipients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, where personal care tasks are usually required, such as help with bathing, dressing and using the bathroom.
Our carers are passionate about enabling elderly people to lead as independent a lifestyle as possible and will provide extensive help and assistance to further that end. They will encourage your loved one to meet up with friends and neighbours for social events, and to participate in appropriate activities, such as Active Balance or Sit Fit classes at the Leisure Centre, or a gentle game of bowls at Suffolk Square.
How can live-in care keep your loved one as safe and comfortable as possible in Cheltenham?
It can be all too easy to forget to lock doors and windows at night, but an Elder live-in carer will make sure that your loved one’s home and possessions are kept safe and secure at all times. With so many elderly people now targeted by thieves and con artists, having another adult presence in the home can provide great peace of mind, both for you and for your loved one.
The live-in carer will arrange medical appointments at the Royal Crescent, Underwood or Overton Park surgeries, and will ensure that prescriptions are kept up to up to date at Lloyds Pharmacy on Swindon Road, for example. Medications are dispensed in accordance with medical advice, and any emergencies are dealt with swiftly and appropriately.
Most importantly, your loved one will never feel lonely, with an Elder live-in carer always available for a cup of tea and a chat, at any time of the day or night.
How does Elder live-in care work?
At Elder, we appreciate that no two situations are the same, which is why our care plans are completely bespoke, carefully tailored to your loved one’s particular needs.
Perhaps your main concern is for someone to be on hand to help with household duties, provide additional security in the home and keep loneliness at bay. Or your elderly relative may have more complex needs, requiring a high level of personal care. Whatever the situation and circumstances, an Elder live-in carer can provide support and assistance to enable your loved one to lead a fulfilling life.
How much does live-in care in Cheltenham cost?
Elder live-in care services cost a flat rate of £770 per week, which compares extremely favourably with the cost of residential care, which tends to be around 30 percent higher. And unlike a residential care home, with Elder there are absolutely no hidden extras to take into account, so you can budget with confidence that it’s all covered.
Why choose Elder?
Unlike many other agencies, Elder takes the time to understand your loved one, assessing their personality, likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests. Then we source a caregiver who matches as many of these aspects as possible, giving both parties plenty of common ground. In our experience, this helps the carer and the care recipient to form strong bonds of friendship very fast, as they share each other’s stories and experiences.
We are always on hand to answer any questions, concerns or worries that you might have, so call us anytime between 8 am and 8pm to discover for yourself what makes us stand out from the crowd.