Why choose live-in care?
It used to be the case that moving your loved one into alternative accommodation was the only option, once they had become unable to cope in their own home. Whether sheltered housing or a place in residential care, your choices were limited and almost certain to cause a degree of disruption to your elderly relative in the process.
With live-in care, there’s no need for them to make any alterations to their lifestyle. A dedicated caregiver moves into their home, living alongside them, providing support, help and assistance wherever - and whenever - it is needed. This ensures that your relative can continue enjoying their regular routines, hobbies and social events
Is live-in care in Enfield a better option for my loved one than a care home?
Care homes often seem to be in the media spotlight for all the wrong reasons, and even though it would be a mistake to tar them all with the same brush, it’s never somewhere anyone wants to end up. Even the very best of them are unable to provide one-to-one, round-the-clock care from one single caregiver.
Residents may be assisted by several different carers during the course of each day, making it difficult to form relationships with them. This can often cause confusion for those living with memory problems. A live-in carer soon becomes a trusted friend, which can be extremely helpful in providing that extra reassurance and support for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
If your loved one has a pet, whether a cat, dog, budgie or parrot, they will be reaping the health benefits that pet ownership is increasingly being linked with, such as reduced blood pressure. Unfortunately, most care homes can’t accept pets - so a move into residential care means that your relative faces the trauma of rehoming their feathered and furry friends. This can be extremely distressing for both pets and owners. Yet a live-in carer will happily undertake any pet care duties that your loved one needs help with, including trips to the local vet - such as Medivet on Hertford Road.
Whatever part of Enfield or the surrounding areas your loved one is based, whether in Ponders End, Cockfosters or Southgate, they’ll be perfectly at home in their neighbourhood, with friends and neighbours with whom they have built up strong relationships over the years. A live-in carer helps to keep these bonds alive, encouraging your loved one to continue to enjoy their favourite outings and events, from regular meetings of the Mary Magdalene Bridge Club on Windmill Hill, to weekly Tai Chi classes at St George’s Church Hall on Hertford Road.
What duties does a live-in carer in Enfield perform?
A live-in carer is prepared to perform any task needed to ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing of your loved one. This could be anything from spending some time encouraging your relative to reminisce about times gone by over a cup of tea, to providing personal care in the form of assistance in the bathroom, like washing and getting dressed.
For elderly people who have lost a spouse, or who are otherwise on their own, having another friendly face around the home can be a powerful deterrent to the depression that plagues so many of the older generations. Perhaps you’re aware that your loved one sometimes goes for days without having any other human interaction, in which case a live-in carer may be selected to provide companion care as their principal role.
Elder carers will help with all household duties, from washing up to making beds, including washing, drying and ironing, if that is something that your loved one needs help with. Carers understand the importance of encouraging their care recipients to undertake their favourite tasks, so if your loved one adores cooking, for example, then the carer will step back and allow them to take charge during meal preparations. They will always be guided primarily by your loved one’s wishes insofar as that is safe.
The carer will accompany your loved one to medical appointments at surgeries such as Brick Lane or Riley House; pick up late-night prescriptions from Well Pharmacy on Silver Street; and offer help and support wherever it is needed.
How much will it cost for live-in care in Enfield?
The Elder pricing structure is designed to be transparent and easy to understand, with absolutely no hidden charges. We charge a flat weekly rate of just £849, enabling you to carefully plan your budget in the knowledge that you won’t be faced with any unexpected extras at the end of the month. The only time you’ll be charged more is if the care plan is for more than one person, or the carer is required to bring their car.
Elder care is much cheaper than the cost of a place in a care home - as much as 30% cheaper for one person, with the savings increasing dramatically where a carer looks after a couple.
Caring for the elderly in their own homes is something that we’re passionate about, and we’re always delighted to discuss all aspects of live-in care with interested parties. Members of our customer advice team are on-hand to take your calls between 8am-8pm, seven days a week. So, call today to chat about your loved one’s circumstances, and to determine whether one of our live-in carers would be the ideal solution for your situation.