What is live-in care?
Live-in care can offer a genuine alternative to a care home for elderly people who are experiencing problems managing in their own home. By moving a dedicated carer into your loved one’s home, you can be reassured that your relative is being well looked after throughout every single day and night, giving you and your loved one real peace of mind.
Why is live-in care a better choice than a care home in Lanarkshire?
If your relative lives in Wishaw, Coatbridge or Cumbernauld, they are probably very settled in their home, with friends and neighbours close by and a much-loved local community.
Many older people are extremely reluctant to give up their hard-won independence and move into a care home, fearing that they will lose touch with familiar faces. With live-in care, there is no need to move, which allows your loved one to enjoy their current lifestyle, aided at every turn by their carer.
Moving into a care home means going through every single possession, deciding what to keep and what to part with, which can be a painful process.
Downsizing from a family home into a room in a care home involves some tough decisions about property, which many older people find unsettling and distressing. Live-in care means that your elderly relative doesn’t have to go through this difficult process, and it allows them to remain surrounded by a lifetime’s possessions and memories.
Many older people have pets that they dote on, but sadly the majority of care homes just cannot accommodate furry and feathered friends.
Rather than requiring your loved one to make the painful decision to part with a much-loved pet, a live-in carer will help out with looking after those pets, so that your relative can continue to reap the positive health impact of pet ownership.
How can a live-in carer in Lanarkshire help?
A live-in carer can undertake any task necessary to ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing of your relative. All Elder carers specialise in elderly care in the home, offering everything from basic companion care through to the more complex requirements of personal care.
Some care recipients are lonely and worried about living alone. A companion carer is always on hand for a cup of tea and a chat and will help with housework, shopping and cooking, as well as facilitating fun and stimulating outings, such as a gentle stroll around Chatelherault Country Park on a sunny day.
Shopping trips to the Regent Shopping Centre in Hamilton are much more fun with another person to chat to, and the carer will make sure that your relative has a varied and engaging social life.
Some care recipients need help following a lengthy illness or after surgery, and in these cases, the carer will perform all household duties, only stepping back a little once your loved one is happy and able to take up the reins.
Other care recipients require a more permanent solution, and in these cases, the carer will gradually take on more duties as the need arises. This eliminates the confusion of having several different people coming and going, allowing your loved one to form a stable and trusting bond with one single dedicated caregiver.
Those with more complex needs, such as people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, are likely to require personal care as the condition progresses, and an Elder carer can assist with bathing, dressing and personal hygiene, in addition to household duties.
All Elder carers can cope in an emergency, and they all understand the importance of moderate and appropriate exercise and a healthy and nutritious diet. They will step in wherever help is needed, but are happy to take a back seat when your loved one wants to take charge, such as cooking a meal, for example.
The carer will help to arrange appointments for hospital or doctor’s appointments and will make sure that your relative attends, whether at Woodstock or Modyrvale Medical Centres, or another GP surgery in the region. They will collect prescriptions from the nearest pharmacy and make sure that medication is taken following medical advice.
How much does this type of live-in care cost in Lanarkshire?
The majority of our clients expect live-in care costs to be comparable to care home fees, particularly since live-in care offers one to one care throughout every day and overnight.
In fact, Elder live-in care costs a single fixed rate of just £795 per week, offering a saving of around 30% against care home fees, with even higher savings where a carer looks after a couple in their own home.
However, our competitive fees don’t mean that our employees are underpaid. We know that our excellent reputation is based on the work that we do, so we make sure that we pay well above what other care organisations offer.
At Elder, we don’t believe in inflating bills with hidden charges and extras, so there won’t ever be any surprises when you receive your Elder invoice, leaving you free to plan your budget.
How can I get more information about live-in care?
Elder customer care advisors are available to take your calls every day, between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm. We are always delighted to talk about the service we provide and to answer any questions that you might have, with no obligation whatsoever, so call us today and find out how an Elder carer could make a real difference to your relative’s life.