Live-in care is a 24/7 home care service, which is ideal for elderly people. If your parent or elderly loved one reaches a stage in life where living alone at home is no longer possible, one-to-one live-in care is an alternative option to a nursing home or residential care.
Many older people, perhaps understandably, are reluctant to leave their own homes to live in shared residential care. The new environment, new faces, and new routines are uncomfortable and disorientating, even more so for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Home care with one of Elder’s trained live-in carers means your loved one doesn’t have to leave their home.
Is live-in care the best choice over a care home in Dulwich?
As care recipients and their families spread the word, private live-in care is becoming increasingly popular. From a financial point of view, the cost is comparable to good quality residential care, and if your parent or loved one lives at home with their spouse, the cost savings could be even more significant.
Aside from the costs, focused personalised care at home means round the clock attention and companionship. It also means more opportunities to leave the house, visit friends and family or engage in normal activities such as attending church, shopping for dinner and visiting places of interest.
Keeping a sense of normality and routine is especially important to older people, particularly after a stay in hospital from illness or injury. Elder’s live-in care option means you live your life without worrying about whether your parent is unhappy, lonely or struggling in the unfamiliar surroundings of a care home.
Why is Elder the best live-in care provider?
Elder live-in care is a nationwide, trusted service with a wealth of experience in caring for the elderly. Finding and training the right people to work as carers in private homes is a delicate and challenging task, but one that Elder has perfected.
All our carers are appropriately vetted, interviewed and trained. No one comes to your home before we have made sure that they are the right person for your loved one.
We are also experts on the administrative side of care. Our highly skilled office team makes sure that there is always a good supply of carers on hand, ready to fill any unforeseen care gaps.
Hiring carers privately can be time-consuming and risky. At Elder, we take care of all the employer duties to make sure everything is above board. At Elder, we will never let you down because a carer is unavailable.
Will my loved one be safe and happy in living at home here?
It may come as a surprise to some, but the area is very good for supporting the needs of the elderly.
The Good Times elder program is centred in Dulwich, and it works with day centres, hospitals, community centres and individuals at home to challenge negative perceptions about ageing and dementia.
Through the organisation’s programs, Dulwich residents can visit lectures and discussion groups especially developed for older people at Dulwich Gallery. There are also specialist, themed tours for the elderly and anyone who wants to join in, offering new explanations of the gallery’s Permanent Collection. The gallery also runs a program called Prescription for Art.
This vibrant activity uses creativity as medicine and is ideal for older people. The focus here is on providing a reason to leave your home for the morning to combat loneliness and inertia.
Dulwich is also serviced by the Dulwich Medical Centre on Crystal Palace Road. This surgery offers flexible appointments and an online booking system. There is also adequate disabled and blue badge parking. The Gardens Surgery also provides a good option for reaching a doctor easily.
For shopping and rainy days, The Aylesham Centre provides a small but friendly under-glass mall. The Aylesham Centre also has a two-hour parking garage attached, which is fully accessible.
How does live-in with an Elder carer work?
Your live-in care with Elder begins with a unique care plan. This is tailored to the individual’s needs and sets out exactly where and with what they need help.
The care plan might stipulate that the carer needs to help your loved one to get up in the morning, use the toilet, bathe and dress. They may need help with their medicine and with eating, and they may have regular doctor’s appointments to keep.
In the daytime, some older people wish to visit friends or day centres, go out, shop for food or stay home, watch TV or have someone read to them and talk to them.
The carer will be able to make all meals and carry out light housework such as laundry and vacuuming. However, if your parent or loved one is still active at home, the carer will support them in remaining active.
Most importantly, the carer will never leave your loved one’s home without your consent. They will be there at night, sleeping in a spare room and will be able to react swiftly in case of an emergency.
How much live-in care in Dulwich cost?
No matter where you are in the UK, an Elder live-in carer costs a flat rate of £795 per week. However, depending on the cost of residential care in your area, this could represent a savings of up to 30%.
This fee is a flat rate and includes all administration. We will never spring hidden costs on you.
Give us a call today for a friendly, no-obligation chat with a care advisor about your loved one and their circumstances.