Live-in Care in Berkshire
At Elder, we offer high-quality private live-in care throughout Berkshire. Whether your elderly relative lives in Ascot, Reading, Wokingham or any of the other towns and villages throughout the county, Elder provides an excellent standard of elderly care in your loved one’s own home.
Who can benefit from in-home care?
We specialise in offering the older generation a practical alternative to residential care. Many older people are frightened at the prospect of entering a care home or nursing home, which is understandable. Of course, there are many excellent care homes available, but even the best cannot provide one-to-one attention for residents at all times.
It can be a worrying period for the whole family to see your elderly parent or relative struggling with daily tasks and chores. Few of us can afford to give up work to spend the time needed to ensure the safety and happiness of our older relatives. However, inevitably, we find that our elderly loved ones can no longer manage at home on their own. Sourcing a dedicated live-in carer provides peace of mind for everyone, reducing stress and ensuring a real quality of life for all of you.
Even if you are managing to cope with caring for your elderly loved one in your own home, there are going to be times when arrangements become complex. As an example, you may be planning a holiday, but are worried about how your elderly parent will cope without you for a few days. Elder can supply temporary care-at-home solutions throughout Berkshire, leaving you able to enjoy your much-deserved break, without having to worry about things at home while you are away.
The advantages of a live-in carer
Older generations have seen many changes throughout their lives, having lived through turbulent times. On reaching retirement, they expect to be able to enjoy their later years in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by friends and family, in a neighbourhood that they are familiar with. Uprooting your elderly relative can cause distress and confusion, and many older people consider a care home to be a sign of their reduced independence or mobility, which can be disheartening.
If your elderly loved one can continue a lifestyle of independent living in their own home, it can help to promote a feeling of wellbeing. They can relax among their familiar possessions in a home that they know. Rather than facing the turmoil and upset of a move, almost always necessitating parting with much-loved possessions, they can enjoy their own creature comforts with the help of a dedicated caregiver.
Remaining in a place that is filled with memories and associations, can help to foster a sense of well-being and self-worth, which is particularly important to someone in the later years of their life. Familiar routines and social occasions can also continue with the help of the carer, who is always on hand to help out whenever assistance is needed.
Mikis’ care story
In this short video, Nick and Maro explain their reasons for choosing Elder live-in care.
They discuss how live-in care has allowed Nick’s father Mikis to stay independent in his own home while making a new friend at the same time.
What does a live-in carer do?
There are no hard-and-fast rules about the tasks that an Elder caregiver can perform. Every client has unique requirements, so we work hard to ascertain exactly the type of live-in support that your loved one requires.
Some people might want a little help with housework, shopping and medication, while others may need assistance with personal care tasks such as bathing, dressing and toileting. In essence, the carer becomes part of the client’s family, there for a chat at any time of the day, and offering an extra pair of hands wherever they are required.
From taking charge of medication to organising shopping trips and outings to Ascot, Maidenhead or Windsor Castle, for example, the caregiver is a constant enabler, offering 24/7 care for peace of mind.
What makes Elder different?
At Elder, we are passionate about what we do, which is why we carefully match caregiver and client, ensuring a harmonious relationship. Where your elderly loved one has a favourite hobby or interest, we try to find a carer who shares similar interests, helping to forge a strong and lasting relationship. We are quick to resolve any problems, so if your loved one fails to ‘gel’ with their carer, we will quickly source a replacement for them.
We also provide care-at-home packages for elderly clients who need more tailored assistance, such as those requiring dementia or Alzheimer’s care. These diseases can cause challenging behaviour, which demands that carers have specialist knowledge and understanding.
We are proud to be a leading private care provider, offering high-quality standards of live-in care across Berkshire. Call us today to discuss our services and discover for yourself what makes us stand out from the rest.
Common Misconceptions and Myths About Care
More elderly people need care in this country than ever before. News headlines frequently focus on the crisis in care, but what do you really know about care? The following misconceptions are widely held; we explain the truth below.
Dementia Live-in Care: What is it?
Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia bring challenges both to the person with the condition and to the people who are close to them. Every individual with dementia has different needs, wishes and experiences, which is why a person-centred approach to care is so important. To provide the best care for elderly people living with dementia, the caregiver has to understand the person, be aware of their history, their likes and dislikes and what is most important to them.
Home Care: How does it work?
Home care works in many different ways. Each person’s case is different with unique preferences, physical needs and life experiences, and care at home should be as tailored as possible to the individual’s requirements.
Live-in Care: How to Find a Carer
If you have decided to employ a live-in carer to provide care and support for your loved one, there are various ways you can go about finding a suitable person. This form of elderly care offers the best way of helping an older person to remain safe and independent in their own home when their care needs increase.