What is live-in care?
Live-in care offers a viable alternative to moving your loved one into residential care if you feel that they might be struggling to cope in their own home. The live-in carer is on hand throughout every single day and night, offering help and support in any way that it is needed, to ensure your loved one’s safety and comfort.
What makes live-in care a better option than a care home in Hammersmith?
Whether your elderly relative lives in Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Kensal Green or Fulham, they have undoubtedly built up a network of friends and neighbours in the area.
They will have their own favourite places, and their own routines, which would be hugely disrupted if they were to move into residential care. A live-in carer means that there is no move to worry about, and the absolute minimum of change, which so many elderly people dislike.
Many Elder care recipients have gardens, or pets, or even both, and a move into a care home means that they must forgo these pleasures. With the help of an Elder live-in carer, there is no need to face such a loss - the caregiver will help with gardening tasks, and will also assist with pet care duties. This can be particularly important for elderly people, as pet ownership has been proven to reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
Even the very best care homes are constrained by resident numbers, making it impossible for them to provide one-to-one care. This is particularly distressing for elderly people with memory problems, as they may see several different care assistants in the course of a day.
With live-in care, there is one single carer, who is carefully matched to your loved one’s circumstances, allowing them to forge strong bonds of friendship and trust from the outset.
How can live-in care keep your loved one safe and comfortable in Hammersmith?
Many elderly people worry about living alone, and a live-in carer provides great reassurance as another adult presence in the home. The carer can screen visitors to make sure that unwanted callers, who often prey on the elderly, are handled appropriately, and they can also make sure that phone callers cannot try to steal your loved one’s confidential personal information.
The carer will make sure that your loved one attends medical appointments promptly, whether at one of the Hammersmith and Fulham Centres for Health or at one of the many GP surgeries in the area. From picking up prescriptions at Healthside Pharmacy on Shepherd’s Bush Road to organising chiropody appointments at the Brackenbury Natural Health Clinic, the carer will put your loved one’s health and wellbeing at the forefront every day.
Fresh air and moderate exercise are important in promoting good health, and all Elder live-in carers understand the value of getting out and about. The caregiver will ensure that your loved one manages to achieve appropriate levels of exercise, according to their age, fitness and health conditions. This might involve a stroll in Bishops Park on a pleasant afternoon, or perhaps a visit to Fulham Palace on a less clement day, followed by afternoon tea at St Paul’s Hotel.
The carer will make sure that your loved one is able to enjoy their favourite pastimes and hobbies, taking them to events and talks that are of particular interest, and making sure that they can enjoy each day to the full.
What does a live-in carer do?
An Elder live-in carer’s prime objective is to enable your loved one to lead as full a life as possible, and they will do everything they can to ensure that this is the case. This can involve anything from help with housework, laundry and gardening, through to personal care tasks for those who require it, such as assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting.
We work with you to develop a care plan, outlining the principal duties of the carer, with the expectation that your loved one’s needs may change over time, requiring a higher degree of assistance.
How much does live-in care in Hammersmith cost?
Unlike in residential care, with a live-in carer, your loved one benefits from one-to-one care 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you might expect it to cost considerably more than a care home.
In fact, most of our clients are delighted to discover that the cost of an Elder live-in carer is as much as 30% lower than a place in a residential home. The savings increase even further where a carer is looking after a couple in their own home.
We don’t cut corners when it comes to paying our employees either - we pay them above the industry rate to reward them for the excellent work that they do.
Why choose Elder?
As a nationwide company, Elder is able to offer high-quality, trained and empathetic carers throughout most parts of the UK. We are passionate about enabling elderly people to live full and productive lives in their own homes, with the help of dedicated caregivers, and we’re more than happy to discuss any aspect of our care service with prospective customers, with absolutely no obligation whatsoever.
Call us between 8 am and 8 pm on any day of the week, to speak to a member of our customer care team, who will be more than happy to discuss our live-in care service with you and to discuss any queries or concerns that you might have.