Although live-in care is a relatively new way of providing care for older people, it is becoming increasingly popular in Essex and throughout the UK. Elder provides private live-in care for those with a range of health conditions and social care needs. If you want the best live-in care for your loved one, why not explore what Elder has to offer?
Care at home
When your loved one needs elderly care and support, they will probably want to remain in their own home rather than having to go into a residential care home or a nursing home.
Traditional home care can help by providing support for certain aspects of life, but visits are usually quite short, and there will be long periods of time when your loved one is alone in their home. If their needs are such that they require more support or they might be at risk if there is no one there to supervise them, 24/7 live-in care from Elder may be the answer.
Elder individually tailors care packages to your loved one’s needs. Consultations with you, other family members and your loved one will establish what their basic needs are, and further advice will be sought from other people who help to support your loved one in any way.
From all this information and discussions about your loved one’s preferences, a care plan is drawn up detailing all the support needed.
The live-in carer moves into your loved one’s home and is on hand to assist them, whatever they require. This may be general elderly care such as help with going to bed, getting up in the morning, washing, dressing and eating a good diet, or it may involve more complex care.
In addition to personal care, the caregiver also helps with tasks such as shopping and laundry that may have become too difficult for your loved one.
The caregiver from Elder will ensure that your loved one’s nutritional needs are met by cooking them healthy, balanced meals that they enjoy. This is also reassuring for you, as you can be sure that if the carer has any concerns about your loved one’s diet, they will let you and any relevant healthcare professionals know.
Social aspects of care
In addition to attending to your loved one’s physical needs, Elder’s carers are chosen to support older people to live their lives in the way they have chosen. If they need support to continue a favourite hobby or would like someone to accompany them to a social outing, the carer will help with this.
They can also assist your loved one to keep in touch with friends and family members through visits, email, telephone or letters. Simply having someone to chat to or to play a game with can make this type of private care the best option for your loved one.
Knowing there is someone else in the house can also reassure an older person who may be nervous about being alone. The carer and the care recipient spend so much time together that they get to know each other well and can build up a valuable and supportive relationship.
The majority of older people want to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. Even when totally independent living has become impossible, Elder can still support a loved one to stay in their own environment with our in-home care support.
Recognising the individual’s right to choose how they live and make their own decisions about aspects of their life is key to Elder’s person-centred care ethos. Your loved one will be able to decide when to get up, if they would like to go out somewhere and what they would like to eat, and the carer will support them. Because care is one-to-one, their wishes are central and they can attain the best quality of life possible.
Many people in Essex are living with dementia, but this does not automatically mean they need to go into a care home. In fact, people with dementia benefit greatly from being able to remain in their own home, close to the places they know well and surrounded by things they recognise. Many of Elder’s carers have completed Alzheimer’s care training courses, so if your loved one needs dementia care, they can provide it in the person’s own home.
It can be worrying when your loved one needs a high level of care, especially when you are working or live too far away to visit as often as you would like. Live-in care from Elder can put your mind at rest and reassure you that your loved one is getting all the care, support and companionship they need from a dedicated carer.
This type of care can also be very cost-effective and can up be up to 30 percent cheaper than funding a place in a residential home. And unlike residential care, your loved one will receive individual support 24-hours a day, from a familiar and professional carer.