At Elder, we provide high-quality and affordable live-in care for the elderly, in and around Harrogate, helping members of the older generation to live a happy and comfortable life in the comfort of their own homes.
Why choose in-home care?
Not everyone is happy about the idea of going into residential care when they reach a certain time of life. Many elderly people are quite naturally frightened by the thought of leaving their family home to move to a care facility. Of course, many care homes offer exemplary levels of service, but it’s not surprising that so many members of the older generation are reluctant to leave the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.
People who are now in their later years have no doubt lived through some dramatic moments in history. They have become accustomed to independent living, and many of them dread the thought of entering residential care. They fear the loss of independence and worry about losing contact with familiar faces and places in their local neighbourhood.
The opportunity to remain in their own homes brings a breath of fresh air to the idea of elderly care. Surrounded by familiar things, your loved one can benefit from dedicated one-to-one attention from a specialist caregiver, who is available to provide 24/7 care whenever and wherever it is needed.
What does a live-in carer do?
A live-in caregiver moves into your loved one’s home and offers assistance throughout the day and night. Unlike in a care home environment, where staff may be allocated to different duties each day, a resident carer in your loved one’s home can offer your elderly relative dedicated one-to-one assistance at all times.
This can range from help with getting out of bed in the morning and getting washed and dressed to support with making breakfast and ensuring that they take medication according to the doctor’s instructions. Shopping trips and outings together mean that your loved one is never lonely or confined to their home, due to lack of company or transport.
Harrogate is a town packed with history, so with the help of their carer, your elderly relative could enjoy visits to some of the best known attractions in North Yorkshire from gardens to castles, adventure centres to art galleries, there is something for every taste and interest, every hobby and passion. Meanwhile, you can relax knowing that your loved one is living life to the full.
Because the carer is always at hand, your loved one has someone available to talk to and share stories with. If they need help at any point, the carer is able and willing to assist in any way they can. After helping with undressing and bathing at the end of the day, the carer is just yards away throughout the night, so if your loved one needs help it is always available. Carers are also trained in medical emergencies, so you don’t have to lie awake worrying about whether your loved one is okay.
Many of our carers have specialised training in dementia and Alzheimer’s care, which gives you extra peace of mind. You won’t need to worry about your loved one wandering off and getting lost, or whether they have remembered to eat or have left the cooker on. You can rest assured that your carer will be patient and understanding and that they will be able to cope with the challenging behaviour that can sometimes arise from these conditions.
What if my loved one doesn’t like their carer?
People will always have likes and dislikes, and at Elder, we understand the need for a good relationship between the carer and the client. That’s why we work with you and your loved one to find the best match for your particular circumstances.
We try to place carers with similar hobbies and interests to the client, so they have things in common to talk about. In most cases, we find that strong friendships quickly form, which can make it seem less intrusive to have someone in the home.
The carer becomes a friend, helper and confidant, and our clients often report that their lives transformed for the better. Having someone to chat to and share a joke with can foster a great sense of wellbeing, something that is important for both parties.
In the unlikely event that your loved one and their assigned carer do not seem to ‘gel’, we will do our utmost to find someone more suitable straight away. We want you and your loved one to be entirely happy with our service, and we’ll go to extraordinary lengths to ensure that this is the case.
How do I access private live-in care?
At Elder, we are always happy to have a chat, either over the phone or online if you prefer, to discuss your requirements. We understand your worries and concerns, and we will always talk through any concerns that you might have. You may also be surprised to learn that the cost of private care packages such as Elder’s can be up to 30% cheaper than alternative care options.
Call us today to discuss our private care at home packages, and you and your loved one could be benefitting from our services sooner than you might think. We usually aim to have a caregiver in place within 24 hours, so get in touch now to find out how we can help.
Real life story: Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 102-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for over two years.
We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman – and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.
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What our customers say
“It is reassuring to know that my father is being cared for by someone who understands his needs and his dementia symptoms.” –Patricia, Norwich