Live-in Care in Dorset
If your loved one is becoming increasingly frail and needs an increased level of care, you do not have to assume they will be better off in a residential care home. The majority of older people prefer to stay in their own homes if they can, so however much support your relative requires, they may be happiest if you arrange for them to have a live-in carer.
Care at Home
Elder provides private live-in care throughout Dorset, so whatever type of elderly care your loved one needs, it may be helpful to contact us to discuss your options. Elder will carefully match a caregiver with your loved one to ensure that they get on well together and a supportive relationship can be built up. Factors such as likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests are taken into account so that the right person is chosen to provide 24/7 care to your relative.
What to Expect from Live-In Care
Elder’s live-in care packages can encompass many different things, depending on the needs and wishes of the care recipient. Some older people may prefer to maintain independent living as far as possible and continue to carry out some domestic tasks, while others will be happy to let the carer take over things that have become difficult for them. In addition to providing the personal care that your loved one needs, the live-in carer will cook meals, shop, do the laundry and perform any other tasks required. They will be around to provide companionship and support with different activities, and can also escort the care recipient out and about.
What Will the Live-in Carer Need?
If you opt for round-the-clock care for your loved one in Dorset, the carer will need a bedroom of their own in their house, with a comfortable chair and access to an internet connection. Because they will spend some of their leisure time here, they will also need a television. The carer will not require separate catering facilities, as they will be preparing meals for your loved one and eat the same food. Some of Elder’s home care staff can drive, so if you would like them to provide transport, it’s a good idea to arrange for them to be insured on your loved one’s car.
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.
How Will the Carer Know What My Loved One Needs?
When you contact Elder, arrangements will be made for a meeting to discuss your relative’s care needs and preferences. You, your loved one and any health and social care professionals involved in their care will have an input into devising the care plan. This way, everyone involved knows what is agreed. The carer will keep you informed of any changes that you need to know about, and if you ever have any concerns, you can get in touch with Elder at any time.
Can Elder Provide Dementia Care?
If your loved one needs specialised elderly assistance, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s care, Elder will provide a local carer with the necessary experience or qualifications. Elder can help with round-the-clock support for people with many other types of care needs too. If your loved one has Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or a heart condition they can also be supported to remain safely in their own home by a dedicated and experienced carer.
For people living with dementia, specialist care at home is the best option as they can frequently become more confused and upset if moved into a strange environment such as a residential care or nursing home. Elder’s carers usually work on a rota basis with another carer, and your loved one will get to know them well and benefit from the continuity of care. This is helpful for people who have dementia, as they can have difficulty in situations where there are lots of different people coming in and out of their space, as there would be in a residential care setting.
If you are searching for someone to care for your loved one in an emergency, Elder can quickly provide 24-hour care. This may avert the need for an older person to be admitted into residential care, which can often make their situation worse. Elder’s carers in Dorset provide companionship as well as practical help, so if your loved one needs emotional support, a live-in carer could be the ideal solution to their care needs.
Can my Loved One Afford Private Care?
Surprisingly, this kind of care can be up to 30% cheaper in comparison with other forms such as nursing home care. Elder provides live-in care for as little as £770 per week, and there are no hidden costs to take into account. Contact Elder to discuss funding or any other queries you might have about home care in Dorset.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Live-in Care
Elder’s expert live-in care advisors answer questions for hundreds of people looking for care for themselves or their loved ones every day.
Below you’ll find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that our customers ask before making the decision to use Elder to take the stress and strain out of caring for someone in need.
Everyone’s situation is unique, and our specialists are fully trained to be able to deal with even the most challenging of care requirements. Elder’s live-in carers are able to assist in numerous ways – from day-to-day personal care, meal preparation, attending appointments, collecting medication, to assistance with taking part in social and leisure activities.
We provide a flexible service tailored to the sometimes changing needs of the care recipients and their families. Our live-in carers are carefully matched to individual needs based on primary care requirements, level of support required and sharing similar interests. This ensures both the highest quality care support as well as overall companionship and wellbeing for the care recipients.
The decision to get care support is never an easy one, but with Elder on your side it doesn’t have to be that difficult. Our care support advisors are available 24/7 on the number at the top of this page, so if there are any questions you have that you would like to discuss, please call now for a complimentary care assessment.
Live-in Care: How Does it Work?
If you are looking for professional care for a loved one but are uncomfortable with the idea of sending them into a residential or nursing home, private live-in care could be the ideal solution. In addition to being practical and comfortable, this elderly care option can also be very cost-effective.
Live-in Care: How do I Pay for it?
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.