When day-to-day living begins to feel like a struggle, many older people will have to decide whether they want to move into a residential care home or look for alternative forms of care. For the majority, receiving care at home from a dedicated live-in carer is the best option available. This enables them to remain in a familiar environment and to enjoy a sense of independent living, but with all the companionship, care and support they need.
Elder works across the county of Hampshire, providing bespoke care-at-home packages for elderly residents. With a tailor-made in-home care package from Elder, your loved one could stay in familiar surroundings and will not have to face the distress and upheaval that so often comes with moving into a care home.
What is live-in care?
With a private care package, a live-in carer is matched to your loved one to provide both companionship and the 24/7 care they need to remain in their own home. When you first approach Elder, we will sit down with you, your loved one and any medical professionals already involved in their care, and discuss their level of need and expectations from a live-in care package.
We can then find a caregiver with the appropriate skillset to meet your loved one’s requirements, so, for example, if they need specialist dementia or Alzheimer’s care, we can match them with an individual who has received expert training in this field. Your loved one’s caregiver then helps out with whatever daily tasks your relative requests, including household management jobs such as light cleaning and gardening, laundry, grocery shopping and preparing and cooking meals.
They will also undertake personal care tasks such as helping your loved one to wash, get to the toilet, dress or move into and out of bed, providing however much assistance they might need.
How does Elder choose caregivers?
Our caregivers are all carefully selected and well-qualified, and we carry out all the necessary background checks, and administrative work that goes into employing a caregiver, so you don’t have to. Many of our carers have specialist training in dementia care, Alzheimer’s care and caring for those with other medical conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease.
We will always try to match your loved one with a caregiver who shares at least some of their likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests, to ensure they are compatible and both will enjoy the time they spend together. In many cases, you will see a genuine and deep bond of friendship develop between the carer and care recipient, which is so important at a time of life when many people can begin to feel lonely and isolated.
What sort of care packages does Elder offer?
Our care packages are flexible and can be adapted to suit your loved one’s level of need. We understand that circumstances can change over time and our live-in carers may need to take on additional responsibilities at a later date, so we’re always on hand to review your relative’s care plan, whenever they wish.
As well as being able to provide long-term care arrangements, Elder can also provide more short-term or temporary care solutions. These are particularly useful if you are the primary carer for your relative and feel you need a short break, or if your loved one has suffered a fall or stroke and requires support for the duration of their convalescence. Most of the time, we can arrange a care package at short notice, which can be a good way to avoid having to find an emergency care home place if your relative is being discharged from hospital and cannot return home.
Can my loved one afford private live-in care?
You may be surprised to discover that a live-in care package with Elder can be up to 30 percent cheaper than funding a place in a residential care home. If your loved one qualifies for financial support from Hampshire Council, you can lower the costs further, so it is always a good idea to approach your local council and ask them for advice and assessment.
What are the advantages over a care home?
There are several advantages to receiving care at home over care in a residential home. However well-trained and caring they might be, staff in a care home have to divide their limited time between large numbers of residents and cannot provide the same level of high-quality, one-to-one care which your loved one would experience from a live-in care worker.
Receiving care at home, your loved one has a full say over what time they get up and go to bed, when and where they eat their meals, what they would like to eat and how they fill their time during the day.
Our caregivers work in pairs on rotation, alternating in a two-week shift pattern, so your loved one only ever sees a familiar face, rather than the multiple different members of staff they might meet over the course of a day in a residential home. This is particularly comforting for those with dementia, who might be made anxious and upset by a stranger carrying out intimate personal care tasks.
Elder is one of the most highly-regarded providers of home care and we have worked in the Hampshire region for many years. With a care package from Elder, you can ensure your loved one continues to live safely and happily in their own home for as long as they want. For more information on the services we can provide, please contact our team today.