What is live-in care?
At Elder, we provide professional and compassionate live-in carers for your elderly loved one in Rickmansworth, giving you the complete peace of mind that you deserve.
Elder provides live-in care for the elderly in the comfort of their own homes. Such support provides a practical and kinder alternative to residential care, avoiding the unnecessary stress and upheaval that a move into a care home can cause.
There is no need for your loved one to go through their much-loved possessions, choosing what to keep and what to part with, as they would have to do with a move to a residential care home with limited space. Thanks to our elderly care-at-home packages, your loved one can hold onto their much-loved treasures and mementoes.
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Who can benefit from a live-in carer?
We can supply experienced and capable caregivers to any elderly person in Rickmansworth in need of an extra pair of hands around the home. Some of our care recipients require a short period of assistance, perhaps after surgery, for example, providing help with cleaning, shopping, cooking and medication.
In many cases, where an elderly loved one resides at home with you, a live-in carer provides companion care throughout the day while you are at work. Some families use our services when they go on holiday, to provide a short period of respite care without interrupting the daily routine.
In most cases, the caregiver moves into your loved one’s home on a permanent basis, offering help and support day and night, as required. Their caregiver can do as little or as much as your loved one wants. For example, if they love cooking, their carer will happily take a backseat at meal times and step in with chores they do not wish to participate in, i.e. washing and ironing.
What are the benefits of care in the home?
Your loved one may have spent many happy years living an independent life in their own home. They will have built up friendships with neighbours and other people in and around Rickmansworth and may be reluctant to move into the unfamiliarity of residential care.
Many of our care recipients have gardens that they have tended for many years, so the thought of having to give this up by moving to a care home can be very upsetting for them. Gardening is great for older people, with proven health and therapeutic benefits, so should be not be discouraged as they continue to age.
In many cases, we find that elderly people have much-loved pets with whom, of course, they do not wish to part. Elderly people with pets have been found to be more active, cope better with stress and have better overall health and significantly lower blood pressure, than their contemporaries without pets. Most care homes do not allow pets, meaning that leaving their pets behind is the only option, which along with being detrimental to their health, can be very distressing and upsetting.
By employing a caregiver to move into your loved one’s home, you will find that they can continue with their lifestyle, which has a profound impact on their wellbeing. Being among their own much-loved possessions, pets and friends and family in familiar surroundings allows them to maintain a level of independent living, but with the comfort that someone is on hand 24/7 whenever help is needed.
What does a live-in carer do?
Unlike traditional methods of care, we carefully match the caregiver to the care recipient. We take into account your loved one’s personality, hobbies and interests, and we endeavour to place a carer who will be compatible. We find that this allows the carer to blend seamlessly into the home without causing any disruption, and guarantees that a strong friendship will blossom.
Your loved one’s live-in carer will do as much, or as little, as required, and be guided by you and your relative as to the help and assistance needed. This could be anything from support with housework, shopping, outings and meal preparation, through to personal care such as help with bathing and dressing.
The caregiver makes sure that prescriptions are ordered and collected, and ensures that your loved one takes their medications as directed by their medical advisers. They will arrange hospital appointments, and accompany your relative to wherever they need or want to go.
There are plenty of things for your loved one to see and do in Rickmansworth, such as visiting Colne Valley regional park; a tranquil, wooded wildlife area where they can enjoy walks along lakes & rivers with their live-in carer. They can also be at one with nature with some birdwatching at Rickmansworth Aquadrome.
If your loved one is into history, they have the famous 16th century ‘Milton’s Cottage’ on their doorstep, along with the award-winning Chiltern Open Air Museum, with a 45-acre site to explore. There are over 30 rescued historic buildings on display, including an Iron Age House, 1940s prefab and Victorian earth cottage. You can, therefore, rest assured that your loved one is living life to the full while receiving the best care and companion support available.
If your loved one requires dementia care, Elder has qualified and experienced carers that are able to look after them, regardless of how advanced their condition is. At Elder, we provide highly trained staff who can cope with the extra demands that dementia and Alzheimer’s can place on them. They understand the need to keep a careful watch on your loved one to ensure that they are safe and secure.
Knowing that your loved one is safe, comfortable, well-nourished and in good hands provides peace of mind for the whole family. It means that you can relax and enjoy their company, without worrying about the future. Elder’s care plans are flexible, so can be changed at any time to suit your loved one’s changing needs.
We are always happy to discuss your individual requirements for care in the home, so contact us for a no-obligation chat, and discover the difference that Elder care could make for you, your family and your loved one.