At Elder, we pride ourselves on the high quality of live-in care we provide to elderly people in their own homes in Eastbourne. We are passionate about assisting older people to live as active and fulfilling a life as possible, and we believe that our exacting standards of companion care are unrivalled in the UK.
What is live-in care?
Elder provides dedicated and compassionate live-in carers who move into your loved one’s home, helping them with all sorts of day-to-day tasks. The caregiver is on hand day and night, offering assistance wherever, and whenever, it is required.
Elderly care at home offers a practical and viable alternative to residential care and, unlike state-provided care in the home, our caregivers give 24/7 help, meaning that there is always someone there to help with anything that needs doing.
The benefits of a live-in carer
Unlike traditional care workers, Elder caregivers can spend time getting to know their care recipients. They are never pushed for time, having to attend to other clients that might need attention, so you can rest assured that your loved one is always well looked after.
Many older people have spent long and happy years in their homes and are distressed at the thought of having to move somewhere new. They have built up a space full of memories, which contains much-loved possessions that they do not wish to part with, and may also have a carefully tended garden and even pets. Friends and neighbours are close at hand, and there are familiar routines that they have become accustomed to.
A live-in carer enables them to maintain the sense of independence that they are so accustomed to while offering help and assistance with tasks that they are no longer able to manage. Being able to continue to live their own lives provides a sense of wellbeing for your relative, while you have absolute peace of mind that they are safe and happy.
What does a live-in carer do?
As an enabler, the caregiver will offer help across a variety of tasks to make life easier for your loved one. Depending on your elderly relative’s needs, this may be more of a companion role, providing light help with housework, gardening, shopping and cooking.
For other care recipients, there is a greater degree of assistance required, such as support with getting up, washing, dressing and other aspects of personal care. In many cases, the carer’s tasks increase over time, as the care recipient requires more in-depth help with day-to-day tasks.
The caregiver will take charge of medications, ensuring that they are taken according to the doctor’s instructions. They will arrange medical appointments and maintain prescriptions, and they can take charge in a calm and confident manner in the event of an emergency.
One of the biggest problems facing older people today is loneliness, which can have a profoundly detrimental effect on general health and wellbeing. Elder carers are carefully matched to your loved one’s personality, hobbies and interests, to ensure that both parties have plenty in common. We find that this offers benefits to both, and most of our care recipients quickly form strong bonds of friendship with their live-in caregiver.
All Elder carers understand the importance of keeping busy and active as much as possible, and will help your loved one to enjoy days out and activities in the Eastbourne area and even further afield.
Since Eastbourne is reputed to be the sunniest place in Britain, there is plenty of scope for days out visiting some of the town’s many attractions. Perhaps your loved one would enjoy a walk along the pier or a stroll along one of the beaches. The bandstand is a lovely spot to spend an hour or two, enjoying music in the open air.
There are plenty of museums and art galleries in the town, and an active Seniors group, which organises games, quizzes and other activities that your loved one may enjoy. The carer can help to arrange as many days out and events as your loved one wishes.
What about dementia care?
If your loved one has more complex needs such as Alzheimer’s or dementia care, for example, Elder can provide specialist caregivers with the skills, knowledge and training to assist them with daily life in their own homes.
They are carefully screened to ensure that they can cope with the sometimes challenging behaviours that these conditions can create. However, in many instances, simply being able to remain in the familiar surroundings of their own home can significantly reduce challenging behaviour.
Dementia in a loved one can cause great concern and stress for family members, who may worry constantly about whether the hob might have been left on or whether their loved one might leave home and become lost. Having a dedicated caregiver on hand night and day provides reassurance that there is someone to keep an eye on them at all times, ensuring their safety.
Call us today to find out more
At Elder, we understand how much you love your elderly relative and want the best for them. We are always available to discuss our care packages with you, with no obligation whatsoever, and we will be happy to discuss any concerns or worries that you might have about your relative’s care. We can be contacted seven days a week, so call today to find out the difference that an Elder carer can make.