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What is live-in care?
Live-in care is when a carefully sourced caregiver moves into your elderly relative’s home, providing assistance and help wherever it’s needed. Because the carer moves into your loved one’s home, they are always on hand at all hours of the day and night, providing help and reassurance, as well as a friendly face.
They can provide a range of support, from simple companion care through to the more complex demands of elderly people with health issues such as dementia or Parkinson’s disease.
Is live-in care in Skegness a better option than residential care?
Moving into residential care is a difficult step for older people to take, as it means parting with the majority of their furniture and possessions, and moving into one room in an institution where they don’t know anyone, and the routines, sights, sounds and even smells are unfamiliar.
With the help of a live-in carer, however, your loved one can continue to enjoy the many benefits of living in their own home, surrounded by their familiar treasures.
Perhaps your relative lives in Skegness itself, or in one of the nearby villages, such as Ingoldmells, Burgh le Marsh or Wainfleet St Mary. They will be surrounded by the familiar faces of neighbours and friends, with a daily routine that suits their lifestyle and circumstances.
A move into residential care would mean having to adapt to a completely different routine, whereas moving a live-in carer into their own home allows them to continue enjoying all of their favourite things, aided by the support of the carer.
Some care recipients have pets, whether cats, dogs or other small mammals or birds, and a move into a care home would sadly necessitate having to be parted from their beloved animal companion. This can often be as painful as losing a family member, causing great distress both to the owner and the pet, but with the help of a live-in carer there is no need to take this difficult step.
The carer will happily step in to perform a range of pet care duties, from cleaning out cages, to grooming and exercising the animal, even taking it to Fenwold Veterinary Practice for routine vaccinations or emergency appointments.
We provide live-in care in Skegness and the surrounding areas
Elder’s live-in care services in Skegness and throughout the East Midlands allow your loved one to stay in the comfort of their own home while receiving high-quality care from a live-in carer.
What our customers say
“The security and patience of live-in care has meant my mother has relaxed and her general disposition has improved to no end.”
What does a live-in caregiver in Skegness do?
A live-in carer will perform any task necessary to ensure the comfort, safety and wellbeing of their care recipient. This could be anything from hoovering the home and making beds to taking your loved one to social events, such as regular meetings of the Skegness Social and Friendship Group held at the Storehouse or shopping expeditions to the Hildred Shopping Centre.
From taking care of the laundry to helping out in the garden, the caregiver will offer help and support throughout the home, ensuring that the house is kept clean and tidy, and that your relative maintains appropriate hygiene standards too – something that many elderly people tend to neglect, particularly when they feel lost and alone.
The caregiver will put your loved one’s health first, arranging medical appointments as necessary at the Beacon Medical Practice, and taking note of the doctor’s suggestions and recommendations. They will collect prescription medicines from Rowlands Pharmacy on Hawthorn Road, and make sure that medication is taken in accordance with the printed directions and in a timely manner.
Many elderly people struggle with new technology, but the carer will happily assist with any aspects of the digital world that your relative struggles with, whether that’s sending and receiving emails or taking part in Skype conversations with friends and family who live further afield.
Safety is of paramount importance, and the caregiver will make sure that your loved one’s house is securely locked at night, with electrical appliances turned off. Many of our clients report that they feel reassured by the carer’s presence in their loved one’s home, secure in the knowledge that their relative’s safety is taken care of, and that someone is on hand to deal with any emergencies that may arise during the course of the day or night.
The caregiver will prepare and cook nutritious balanced meals if that is something that your loved one requires. Some Elder care recipients enjoy cooking themselves, and where this is the case, the carer will happily take a back seat, only stepping in when requested to do so. Their aim is to support your loved one, not to overshadow them, so they will encourage your relative to take as much of an interest in daily tasks as they would like.
How much will it cost for live-in care in Skegness?
Elder care is charged at £1095 per week, much to the surprise of the majority of our clients, who assume that the cost will be likely to exceed the average care home’s fees. In fact, Elder care can be around 30% cheaper than residential care, even though the staffing ratio of 24/7 one-to-one care cannot be matched by a care home.
We may be cheaper than you were expecting, but that doesn’t mean that we cut corners when it comes to paying the caregivers who work with us – we value the work that they do, and make sure that we reward them accordingly, with wages above the recommended industry standard rates.
How do I find out more?
Call us today to discuss your loved one’s care needs, and we will answer all of your questions and address any concerns about your elderly relative’s care. Our customer care advisors are waiting to take your calls between the hours of 8am and 8pm every day of the week, including weekends.
Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 102-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 over two years. 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.
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