Live-in Care in Colchester
Most people, when they reach the point of needing elderly care, express the wish to remain in their own homes, rather than go through the upheaval and upset of moving into a residential care home. If your loved one is no longer managing to live well independently and not coping with everyday tasks as well as they once did, then finding live-in care might be one way of helping them receive all the support they need to stay in their own home.
With a companion care package from Elder, your loved one could receive care at home and maintain a sense of independent living for as long as possible. Elder works in Colchester and the surrounding area to provide bespoke care packages that are perfectly suited to your loved one’s needs, providing the highest quality service and ensuring they get the level of support they require to continue living at home.
What is companion care?
With this type of care package, a live-in carer moves in with your elderly relative and offers them 24/7 care at home. Depending on their level of need, your loved one’s private care worker will help out with a range of tasks, from personal care to looking after the home. Caregivers will undertake light housework and gardening, laundry, shopping and preparing and cooking meals for your loved one, as well as helping them with getting up and going to bed, washing, dressing and getting to the toilet.
Most of Elder’s live-in carers carry a full driving licence and can be on hand to escort your loved one to appointments or social events. If your relative has a pet and now finds looking after them a struggle, many of our caregivers will be more than happy to lend a hand here too.
How does Elder choose its caregivers?
Elder recruits only the most qualified care workers, and we carry out all the relevant background checks to confirm they are safe to work with those requiring elderly care. Many of our staff have received additional training in dementia care, or caring for those with Alzheimer’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease.
We employ a diverse group of live-in carers, so are better able to match our care workers with your loved one to ensure they share common ground. We take the time to find out more about your relative’s likes and dislikes, their interests and hobbies, and then try to find a carer who shares at least some of their passions. This means that your loved one can continue pursuing their interests and enjoying the mental stimulation which comes with a shared hobby.
What sort of care packages are available?
Elder offers both short- and long-term care packages, both of which are adaptable and tailored to your loved one’s level of need.
If your relative has suffered a fall or a stroke or is recovering from an illness or operation, they may only need a carer during their recuperation. Elder can provide short-term care for as long as is necessary, to help them get back on their feet and return to living independently. Similarly, if you are the primary carer for your elderly relative and feel you need a break, we can organise short-term cover while you take some time for yourself.
For ongoing care, we offer long-term care plans to help your loved one remain in their own home for as long as possible. These are flexible and take into account the fact that the level of assistance needed may increase over time. We are, therefore, always happy to sit down with you and your relative and discuss any changes they might want to make to their care package.
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 are the advantages over residential care homes?
However hard they might try, the staff working in a residential care home have neither the time nor resources to give people the personal, one-to-one care they need and deserve. Care home staff work to tight schedules and have to divide their limited time between many residents. This can mean that those who live in a care home have little or no say in the things we take for granted - when to get up and go to bed, for instance, or where, when and what they eat.
With a private live-in carer, your loved one has full control over their day-to-day life and can choose exactly how they spend their time. They also enjoy a continuity of care not experienced by those in a residential care home. Our staff usually work in pairs on a rotational basis, spending two weeks at a time with your loved one. This means there is always a familiar face around; something that is particularly important for those needing dementia care, who can find being seen by many different carers in a care home an upsetting experience.
Why choose Elder?
Elder is the leading supplier of elderly care in Colchester. With our personalised companion care plans, your loved one gets both a carer and a friend. By choosing a care package from Elder, your loved one can remain living independently at home, and you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have 24/7 care and companionship.
For more information on the services Elder provides, simply get in touch with our Colchester-based care team today.
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Live-in Care: How to Choose a Provider
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Live-in Care: How to Find a Carer
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If your loved one needs help to remain in their own home, live-in care could be the answer. There are various ways to pay for this type of elderly care, which can be more affordable than you might think. Here are some options you may like to consider when arranging 24/7 care in the home for your loved one.