What is live-in care?
If you’re worried that your elderly relative is struggling to cope in their own home, then live-in care could be an appropriate solution. A live-in carer moves into your loved one’s home, living as part of their family, but aiding and assisting your relative wherever they need an extra pair of hands, or providing more specialist care.
Elder specialises in providing high-quality, trained and empathetic caregivers, who give round-the-clock assistance to elderly people in their own homes.
Why is live-in care better than a care home in Knightsbridge?
There are some wonderful care homes about, but not all elderly people are enthusiastic about the prospect of leaving their familiar surroundings. The older generation is accustomed to leading independent lives, and moving into a residential home, no matter how well run, can be a step too far to contemplate. A move into a care home involves downsizing a lifetime’s worth of possessions, which can be a painful and uncomfortable experience.
Opting for a live-in carer means that your loved one doesn’t have to face the trauma of parting with treasures and mementoes. Your loved one can continue to socialise with friends and neighbours, enjoying all of their favourite things, such as a stroll around the Serpentine on a pleasant afternoon, without having to ask permission, or wait for risk assessments to be carried out.
A single dedicated live-in carer quickly becomes a trusted and familiar face, which is particularly important for anyone with memory problems, where a sea of unfamiliar faces in a nursing home can cause confusion and upset.
Who can benefit from live-in care in Knightsbridge?
Some of our clients decide to take on a live-in carer for their elderly relative principally as a companion, providing an extra pair of hands around the home, but mainly to keep loneliness at bay. Having an extra adult in the home provides additional peace of mind, and can help to deter opportunistic thieves and unscrupulous callers.
Other clients have an elderly loved one who is recovering following surgery, or a chronic illness, which has left them temporarily unable to cope with day-to-day tasks around the home. In some cases, a spouse needs more help than their partner can provide, and a live-in carer can help to make life easier for both parties.
When care recipients have existing medical conditions, the carer can provide more personal care, helping in a variety of ways to make life easier. They can enable a housebound elderly person to be able to get out and about, such as exploring an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum or meeting friends for lunch at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park.
What does a live-in carer do?
An Elder live-in carer is a friend, helper and facilitator, ready and willing to turn a hand to anything that needs doing to help your loved one.
A live-in carer will assist with household chores, such as dusting, mopping, vacuuming and laundry duties, as well as providing support for days out, social events and shopping trips. If your loved one fancies a trip to Harvey Nichols or Harrods for afternoon tea, the carer will help and support them and will constantly be on hand to provide a reassuring presence. From gardening to pet care, the carer helps out wherever help is needed.
Where care recipients have more complex medical conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the carer provides personal care services, such as help with toileting, bathing and dressing.
Whether your loved one lives in Knightsbridge itself, or one of the surrounding areas, such as Belgravia, Kensington or Pimlico, their live-in carer will ensure that they attend medical appointments, for example at the Basil Mansions Surgery. They will collect prescriptions from Prince Pharmacy or elsewhere, ensuring that all medication is dispensed in a timely and appropriate manner.
All Elder carers understand the importance of proper nutrition and regular meals, along with appropriate amounts of fresh air and exercise. They will ensure that your loved one is safe and well at all times, even assisting in the middle of the night, if necessary.
Knowing that your loved one is well looked after, and supported, provides valuable peace of mind to our clients and their families.
How much does live-in care in Knightsbridge cost?
Many of our clients are surprised to discover how little our live-in care service costs, particularly when compared to the equivalent costs of a place in residential care, where staff ratios can never hope to match Elder’s one to one care model.
We charge a single flat rate of £770 per week. There are no hidden extras to pay, allowing you to plan your budget with ease. Although our costs are up to 30% lower than a place in a care home, we still offer generous staff salaries. We pay our employees above the industry standard, to reward them for the excellent work that they do.
How do I find out more?
At Elder, we are passionate about supporting elderly people and enabling them to lead fulfilling lives within their own homes. Our friendly and helpful customer care advisors are on hand to answer your questions, and to discuss all aspects of our service, seven days a week, with absolutely no obligation.
Call us between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week, to find out more, and to discover whether an Elder live-in carer could be the perfect solution for your loved one.