Scotland’s capital city is a vibrant and bustling place, but the busiest destinations can feel lonely for elderly people who are not able to get out and about as they once did. Up until quite recently, an older person needing a more significant level of care may have been encouraged to either move into a care home or remain in their own home with carers visiting for a few hours each day.
However, there’s now another option to consider. Elder can structure a support system for your older relative that is designed to let them stay in their own home while offering 24-hour home care and companionship. In this way, your loved one can retain a sense of independence, remain in familiar surroundings and is protected from the distress that is commonly reported among older people when moving into a care home. At-home care ensures that relatives can rest assured their loved one is well looked after 24 hours a day.
If your loved one lives alone and needs help from carers to carry out day-to-day tasks and activities, you may be concerned about periods where they are left to their own devices, particularly at night time. Older people can be vulnerable, and this is especially true if they are living with some form of dementia. Opting for a live-in carer means that you can relax in the knowledge that your elderly relative has someone with them to call on for help, day and night
We provide live-in carers, who move into your loved one’s home and support them, as specified in their personal care plan. This assistance might include personal care and also help with everyday domestic tasks such as food preparation, washing, drying and ironing clothes, and going shopping. One clear-cut benefit of live-in care is the fact that the carer is not only there to help with the practicalities, but can also offer companionship. Many older people find themselves lonely and isolated in later life. Elder ensures that the most compatible carers are selected for your relative so that they can rely on them not only for practical help but also for friendship.
Continuity of care
Elder’s live-in carers work in pairs. Each carer will live with your relative for two weeks; then the other will take over, and so on. This is an ideal way to make sure your relative receives reliable companion care from people that they know. They won’t have to be anxious that their personal care will be provided by people unknown to them, something that is unfortunately so often the case with other care packages.
Your loved one’s care plan will be bespoke, taking into account their individual needs and preferences. Each plan takes into account the opinions of the care recipient, and their nearest and dearest. It may also involve outside agencies, such as their GP or community nurses. The wishes of the care recipient are central to the building of the care plan, and they will have the opportunity to specify how they would like things done. Because the carer lives in your loved one’s home, routines can always be flexible.
Live-in care means that your older relative will have help at hand when it comes to social activities, such as keeping in touch with family and friends or participating in their favourite pastime or hobby. Something as simple as having someone to play a board game with can make all the difference to your elderly relative’s enjoyment of life.
Care at home
Many older people express a preference for remaining in their own home for as long as they can. Being in a familiar environment, surrounded by their treasured possessions and keepsakes can often be a key factor in an older person’s quality of life. Opting for home care is an excellent way of achieving this for your loved one.
If your loved one is living with dementia, specialised at-home care is a way of helping them keep to a familiar routine. Moving into a care home can be overwhelming for people with dementia, and can lead to increasing levels of anxiety and confusion. Elder can provide live-in carers in Edinburgh that are trained in dementia care and can manage the challenges posed by those with Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. Such carers have experience in helping older people who may be struggling with everyday life due to their condition.
Live-in care can benefit your elderly relative in many ways. If you are currently researching the best ways to provide high-quality bespoke care for your loved one, please do contact Elder to discuss their needs.