When asked, the vast majority of elderly people would prefer to remain within their own family homes, rather than move into residential care. If you are concerned that your loved one is not coping well with day-to-day tasks at home and could benefit from some form of elderly care, then a live-in care package from Elder could be the solution. Elder operates right across the Huntingdonshire region, serving Huntingdon itself, as well as Godmanchester, Ramsey, St Neots and much further afield.
How does live-in care work?
Many older people are reluctant to leave their own homes and move into a care home, which can entail lots of upset and stress as they are parted from treasured possessions and separated from the friends, pets, and community they love. With a live-in care plan, your loved one is joined in their home by a dedicated carer, who can assist in a range of domestic and personal tasks, enabling them to remain in familiar surroundings and maintain a sense of independence.
Live-in care workers can help out with a range of tasks, offering as little or as much assistance as required and requested by your loved one. They may, for instance, include carrying out the shopping and cooking, undertaking light housework or gardening and helping to look after pets. Should your loved one need help with personal care tasks, their carer might also assist them in getting to the toilet, washing, dressing and getting into or out of bed.
What else do carers do?
Elder believes that when an individual reaches the stage of life where they need care, this shouldn’t mean that they’re housebound. Our carers will discuss with your loved one what they like to do nearby and, depending on your loved one’s situation, accompany them on short walks or excursions to garden centres, for example.
Elder will always try to match your relative with a carer who shares at least some of their interests and pastimes, meaning there is common ground between them, and they can enjoy a range of stimulating activities together. Carers will always be happy to organise fun days out, perhaps to nearby attractions such as Houghton Mill, the Cromwell Museum or even for a day at Huntingdon Races.
If you’d like to ensure the carer to drive your loved one’s car, their carer might also take them to and from social events, such as the Huntingdonshire Health Walks which run at Huntingdon or Yaxley, or to appointments at the North West Anglia Foundation Trust. Shopping excursions might also be arranged, perhaps to the popular Stukeley Road Retail Park.
What are the advantages over residential care?
Huntingdonshire undoubtedly has some excellent residential homes, but the level of care they provide can never match that of a one-to-one live-in care package. With a dedicated carer, your loved one gets dedicated care throughout the day and night, enjoying all the companionship and support they need to maintain a healthy, happy and active lifestyle for as long as possible.
A live-in care package ultimately means that your loved one retains their independence and freedom of choice, with full say over what, when and where they eat their meals, when they get up and go to bed and how they spend their free time - choices those in care homes simply cannot make.
How much does live-in care in Huntingdonshire cost?
Live-in care in Huntingdonshire costs less than a residential home. Care homes can be up to 30% more expensive and even more so if it is a couple requiring care.
Costs can also run up quickly. Elders services are a flat rate of £770 with no unexpected expenses whatsoever.
This price ensures the quality of our caregivers; we pay them over the standard industry rate to make sure we only work with the best, most caring professionals in the field.
Why choose Elder?
Elder take later life care very seriously. We know it can have a bad reputation and we wish to turn that perception around.
Our main priority, at all times, is that those requiring care are given the correct support and the confidence in their caregivers to remain as independent and fulfilled in care as they would without it.
That is why we source only the most experienced and professional carers and take the time to match them with the most similar care recipients. Our caregivers adapt around an already established routine, they don’t try to change it in any way but where help is required.
Elders care support team are also on hand throughout the process in case you have any concerns or questions. They would be delighted to assist you in discussing your situation with no obligation.
Contact us today to have a chat if you require any more information.