Understanding live-in care
Live-in care is a relatively new concept and one that represents an excellent alternative to residential care when your elderly loved one appears to be struggling to cope at home. Rather than your relative having to move out of their home, a dedicated caregiver moves in with them, providing support and assistance to enable them to lead as full and independent a lifestyle as they possibly can.
What makes live-in care preferable to a care home in Leicester?
Whether your elderly relative lives in Leicester or they are a resident of one of the surrounding villages, such as Earl Shilton, Quorn or Billesdon, they will have built up a network of friends and neighbours that they would be unhappy to be separated from.
Moving a caregiver into their home allows them to keep to their familiar routines and they will remain in a position to enjoy their usual lifestyle with the support and assistance of the carer.
A lot of our care recipients have spent many years tending to their gardens and would be reluctant to lose that aspect of their lives. They may no longer be able to tend to their plants in the way that they used to, but with the help of a dedicated carer, they can still enjoy spending time outdoors and reaping the rewards of their efforts.
A large number of our elderly care recipients have much-loved pets, but unfortunately, the majority of care homes are simply unable to accommodate pets due to health and safety legislation.
Rather than having to part with their furry and feathered friends, which can understandably cause extreme distress, an Elder live-in carer will help with pet care duties, enabling your elderly relative to continue to enjoy the wide range of psychological and health benefits associated with pet ownership.
Care homes are usually unable to accommodate a single resident’s requests for outings and shopping trips, without a great deal of planning and form filling - always assuming that there are sufficient staff available to facilitate an outing.
With an Elder carer, your loved one will be able to enjoy spontaneous outings and events, such as a walk in Abbey Park alongside the River Stour, without any need for complex planning.
How can live-in care keep my loved one safe and comfortable in Leicester?
Loneliness is one of the biggest problems facing the elderly and is known to create health problems such as stress, anxiety and depression. Merely having a companion on hand at all times is a powerful antidote to loneliness, giving you and your loved one real peace of mind.
Moreover, all Elder carers are trained in emergency procedures, so you won’t need to lie awake at night worrying that your loved one has had a fall, is ill, or in pain.
The media is full of stories about unscrupulous callers who target the elderly in their own homes, and Elder live-in care can act as a powerful deterrent to such people. The carer can also help your relative with sending and receiving emails and texts, making sure that they can stay in touch with friends and family who don’t live close by.
All Elder carers understand the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and will encourage your loved one to get appropriate levels of fresh air and exercise, along with a healthy and balanced diet.
The Elder carer will be able to organise medical appointments, whether at the local GP surgery, Glenfield Hospital or Leicester Royal Infirmary, and will ensure that medicines are taken in a timely manner, even collecting prescriptions from the late-night Vision Pharmacy on Narborough Road if necessary.
Who will be able to benefit from live-in care in Leicester?
Any older person who is in need of support in their own home can benefit from Elder’s live-in care. We are able to cover the entire range of options, from simple companion care through to the more complex care required by those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, for example.
Maybe your elderly relation requires temporary assistance in the home, potentially after surgery or a lengthy illness, or is in need of a more permanent solution to help them to continue to enjoy a degree of independent living. Whatever the reason, an Elder carer can move into their home, helping and aiding them wherever necessary, to help them get the most out of every single day.
What is the cost of live-in care in Leicester?
When our clients discover that a live-in carer offers one to one round-the-clock care, they assume that the costs will be at least similar to those of a care home. In fact, the cost of Elder live-in care is considerably less than a care home - as much as 30% less, and the savings increase if the caregiver is looking after a couple in their own home.
At Elder, we charge a simple flat rate of just £795 for our live-in care service, with a promise of no extra charges or hidden costs so that you can budget with complete confidence.
How can I learn more about live-in care?
We are committed to enabling the older generation to live life to the full, and our friendly customer care team would be delighted to discuss any element of our service with you, with no obligation whatsoever.
Call us today between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm with your questions and concerns, and we will help you to decide whether live-in care is appropriate for your relative’s needs. We are available seven days a week to take your calls.