If your loved one has reached the point where they are struggling to manage day-to-day tasks at home or are having difficulty preparing food or washing their clothes, the time may have come for both of you to consider care options.
The majority of older people would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, maintaining a sense of independent living and avoiding a move into a care home. If your elderly relative wishes to stay in their own home, one-to-one, live-in care may be the best option available to them.
Elder works across the Ipswich area, providing tailored companion care packages which enable older people to remain living in their own homes with all the help and support they need. With a bespoke care package from Elder, your loved one can stay in familiar surroundings, and you’ll have the peace of mind that they are receiving the best one-to-one 24/7 care.
What is live-in care?
With a companion live-in care package, your loved one remains in their own home, and a dedicated carer moves in to support them. Depending on their level of need, the caregiver will undertake a range of tasks and perform a range of duties to help your relative with both personal care and managing the house.
Your live-in care package can help with anything from assistance getting into and out of bed, to wash, dress and get to the toilet, to light housework, gardening, shopping, laundry and cooking your loved one meals.
Most Elder carers also hold a full driving licence, so can assist your loved one in getting to and from appointments and any social events they might like to attend. This will help them to maintain an active and stimulating lifestyle for as long as possible.
If your elderly relative has pets that they are no longer able to care for alone, then most caregivers will be more than happy to offer support here too. Whether that be taking their dog for a walk, or feeding their cat.
What is live-in care in Ipswich?
In Ipswich, there’s plenty for your loved one to enjoy with their live-in carer. For example, they can visit the Regiment Museum at the Gibraltar Barracks, Ipswich Transport Museum or Framlingham Castle. If they’re not into history, they can enjoy Abbey Gardens; described as a “wonderful and enchanting experience”.
With the assistance of their live-in carer they can also enjoy the viewpoint at Felixstowe Marvel and watch the giant container ships that come in and out of the Port of Felixstowe. They can even visit Southwold pier and take a moment to look at the little brass plaques that have such wonderful memories of them from people who simply love Southwold. You can therefore rest assured that your loved one is living life to the full, while receiving the best care available.
What are the advantages over residential care homes?
Receiving care at home has many advantages over a residential care home. Not only does your loved one get to remain in a familiar place, surrounded by their own possessions, but they also receive a continuity of care that is simply not available to those who live in a residential home.
Our care staff usually work in pairs, rotating in a two-week shift pattern, which means that your loved one is only ever cared for by a familiar face. This is particularly important for those in need of dementia care, who can become more anxious, confused and upset when faced with communal living and multiple care workers in a home.
With this type of support, your relative gets the undivided attention of a single carer. While the staff in a care home try their best to divide their time between residents, they are often too stretched to give each the level of one-to-one care they need and deserve. With live-in care, a friend, as well as a carer, is provided, giving you the peace of mind that they are content and happy as well as well cared for.
How does Elder select carers?
Elder operates a thorough strict recruitment process, whereby we conduct all the relevant background checks and ensure our care staff have the highest level of qualifications in elderly care. We also handle all the administrative work which goes into employing a live-in carer, so you don’t have to.
Many of our carers have additional training in dementia care, Alzheimer’s care or in caring for those with other conditions such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. We always encourage our staff to broaden their training in elderly care, and our thousands of caregivers are among the most well-qualified in the industry.
Because we believe elderly care should be a personal and enjoyable experience. We will always try to match your loved one with a carer who shares at least some of their interests and hobbies, or who has a similar personality. This means that your loved one can enjoy the mental stimulation that comes from pursuing a hobby they’ve always enjoyed while building a bond with someone they consider to be a friend.
When you choose a live-in care plan from Elder, you can be confident you are receiving the highest level of service available. All Elder care providers are specially recruited and highly qualified for the work they undertake, and our bespoke packages enable your loved one to remain living in their own home, no matter how immobile.
As well as a carer, your loved one also gains a companion and friend. This is particularly important as they enter a time of life when many suffer from loneliness and a sense of isolation. Knowing that your relative is receiving 24/7 care and companionship can be a comfort, especially if you can’t be with them as often as you might like. With a care plan from Elder, your loved one stays independent, and you have real peace of mind.