Live-in care in Cambridge
If you are looking for the highest quality live-in care in the Cambridgeshire area, Elder can provide the service you need. Many people find that their loved one has increased support needs as they grow older and requires someone around 24-hours a day, but they would not want to go into a care home. The best alternative is to opt for private live-in care so that all their needs can be met in the comfort of their own home.
What Can I Expect from a Live-in Carer?
Many people are surprised to learn that the cost of private care packages such as Elder’s can be up to 30% cheaper to alternative care options. Elder carefully matches each caregiver with the person they are looking after. In addition to ensuring that the carer has all the skills, training and experience they need to meet your loved one’s needs, they will be chosen with other factors in mind too. Having 24/7 care provided by someone with similar values and interests can really improve your loved one’s quality of life and enable them to maintain a sense of independent living in a familiar environment.
If your loved one has special needs, for example for dementia care, we can arrange for a carer with appropriate training. Because Elder directly employs its carers in Cambridgeshire, all the administrative details are taken care of, and you can be sure that the carer’s background will have been carefully checked , prior to their employment.
What Support at Home Will My Loved One Receive?
The actual tasks that the live-in carer carries out will vary according to your loved one’s needs. A comprehensive care plan will be devised for the older person, and this will cover all the aspects of their daily life that they need help with. The care plan is developed in consultation with you and your loved one, so you can be sure that the things that are important to you both are recognised.
The person providing in-home care will be able to help with all the basic activities of daily living such as washing, dressing, eating and mobilising if this is required. They will also provide companionship, and because the carer and care recipient get to know each other so well, the carer will develop a deep understanding of your loved one’s wants and needs and can provide the best care.
As well as supporting the individual, the carer will help to maintain the home by carrying out many domestic tasks. These can include shopping, laundry and light housework. A healthy diet is vitally important, and Elder’s carers will prepare nutritious meals for your loved one, taking into account their particular likes and dislikes.
Escorting your loved one to appointments or social activities can also be part of the care package if this is needed. If your relative has pets that they are no longer able to care for, then care at home can extend to helping with this or other tasks. This is why we tailor each private care arrangement to the individual, and great care is taken to ensure the right carer is selected.
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.
Can Elder Provide Alzheimer’s Care?
If your loved one is living with dementia, the last thing they want is to be uprooted and put into a residential care home or nursing home. Moving to a strange environment can cause someone who is already anxious and confused to become disorientated and distressed, and having many different staff members providing personal care can seem threatening. Elder has carers trained in all aspects of elderly care including dementia care, and because your loved one would be receiving one-to-one care at home, there is far less disruption to your loved one’s life.
Understanding the challenges that dementia or Alzheimer’s disease can bring is central to providing good care for those living with these conditions. Sometimes the main tasks may involve supervision to ensure that the person does not come to any harm and sometimes extensive interventions are needed. The care plan will be amended and developed to take account of any changes in your loved one’s condition, to make sure that it continues to meet all their needs appropriately.
Being able to remain in their own home surrounded by their precious possessions is not only the best option for people who have dementia, but can be beneficial for other conditions too. Whatever medical condition your loved one has, whether it is multiple sclerosis, heart disease or Parkinson’s disease, they will benefit from a better quality of life with home care support from Elder’s dedicated and professional carers.
What Happens When the Carer Needs a Break?
Elder’s carers in Cambridgeshire usually work in a rotation with another carer. One carer may live with your loved one for two weeks, for example, and then have two weeks off while another takes over. This ensures excellent continuity of care, unlike most residential care options where staff turnover can be quite high. The carer will need a set amount of break time and sleeping time in each 24-hour period, but this can be flexible and arranged to suit your loved one’s preferred routine.
If you are searching for the peace of mind of knowing your loved one has the best elderly care provision in place, contact Elder in Cambridgeshire to discuss your requirements.
Care for the Elderly: Grooming and Hygiene Guide
Maintaining good personal hygiene is important as your loved one ages, but it is not always easy to intervene if you feel they are not coping well. Poor hygiene can result in uncomfortable infections and skin complaints, so to avoid this, you or your loved one’s caregiver may have to encourage them tactfully to accept some assistance. They may be more willing to agree to the support on offer if they realise that it will enable them to retain a level of independent living.
Staying in Their Home: How to Care for Ageing Parents
Independent living is important to many people as they grow older, and most say they want to remain in their own home, even when they need help to manage their day-to-day tasks. There are many ways of supporting your elderly parents to stay in their familiar surroundings, from providing extra equipment to arranging 24/7 care.
Loneliness: How to Care for Ageing Parents
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Live-in Care: When is it Appropriate?
Live-in care can be appropriate on many different occasions and for a variety of people in need of some assistance with in their daily lives. As suggested by the name, this type of elderly care is carried out by a caregiver living in the home of the care recipient, twenty-four hours a day. This increasingly popular option allows people to remain in the comfort of their own home whilst receiving the support they need from a friendly and familiar carer.
Live-in Care or Home Care: What's the Difference?
Most people say they would prefer to remain in their own home when they grow older. Independent living is often possible even when a high level of care is needed because the necessary help can be provided in a person’s home. If you are considering home care or live-in care for your loved one, here is an outline of the types available.