What is live-in care?
As the name suggests, live-in care involves a dedicated caregiver moving into your elderly relative’s home. They are then on hand throughout every day and night, offering support and a helping hand whenever it is needed, enabling your loved one to continue enjoying an independent lifestyle, even when they are finding it difficult to cope on their own in their home.
Which is better - live-in care in Feltham or a care home?
Whether your elderly relative lives in Feltham itself, or Whitton, Hanworth or Ashford, they are certain to have plenty of neighbours and friends in their community, that they would hate to be parted from. It’s possible that you could source a care home close to where they live, but it’s more likely that they would be obliged to relocate further afield, making it difficult to stay in touch with local friends.
However, by moving a caregiver into their home, they can continue to enjoy life in their familiar surroundings, with no need to adapt to an institutional way of life.
Care homes are run in a way that ensures the safety of all residents, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to cater for individual needs. Most care homes offer a programme of activities and days outs, but these have to be run according to staff timetables and rotas, making it difficult to adapt to spontaneous wishes.
Yet with a live-in caregiver on hand to facilitate your loved one’s wishes, it’s a matter of moments to arrange an activity or outing, whether that’s a walk in Hanworth Park or a trip into town for afternoon tea at Enjoy Coffee Shop on the High Street.
Care homes unfortunately can’t accept residents’ pets, leaving many older people facing the difficult decision to rehome their beloved companions, which is extremely distressing for all concerned. A live-in carer, however, will happily undertake a range of pet care duties to enable your loved one to enjoy their relationship with their pet for many years to come.
From helping with grooming, feeding and exercising, through to taking the animal to Willett House Veterinary Surgeons on Ashford Road, the carer will ensure that your relative and their pet are well looked after at all times.
What tasks will a live-in carer in Feltham undertake?
A live-in caregiver will perform a whole range of tasks to enable your elderly relative to enjoy life from the comfort of their own home. From hoovering carpets to mopping floors and dusting, the carer will ensure that your relative’s home is kept clean and tidy.
Many older people neglect their own health, forgetting to eat and sometimes failing to take control of their personal hygiene. A live-in carer will ensure that they are safe, warm, comfortable and clean, dressed in clean clothes and well-nourished, with three healthy and nutritious meals each day.
If cooking is something that your relative enjoys and takes a pride in, then the carer will happily take a back seat during meal preparation, only stepping in to assist when asked to do so. The carer’s aim isn’t to take over every household chore or duty, but to facilitate your relative in any way possible.
From arranging medical appointments at Grove Village Medical Centre or dental appointments at Hamilton Dental Care, and even picking up prescriptions from Rowlands Pharmacy, the carer will make sure that your loved one’s health is a priority.
Who can benefit from live-in care in Feltham?
Some care recipients require a high level of personal care, such as those with Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, for example, and in these cases, the caregiver will help with personal hygiene, bathing and dressing. Other care recipients have less complex needs, and simply require company to keep loneliness at bay.
Whether your elderly relative requires a period of respite care, to enable family members to take a holiday, perhaps, or whilst recovering from illness or injury, through to a more permanent care solution for those with long-term health requirements, Elder care is tailored to your loved one’s exact needs, to ensure that they are happy and comfortable in their own home.
How much does live-in care in Feltham cost?
Elder live-in care is charged at a flat rate of just £895 per week, which represents a saving of up to 30% when compared with the costs of a place in residential care. If you are employing a carer to look after an elderly couple in their own home, then the savings are even greater.
Just because Elder care is less expensive than you might expect, that doesn’t mean that we cut corners by paying the carers who work with us less than they deserve. We value the work that they do very highly - after all, our reputation relies on them - which is why we go out of our way to pay them above the industry standard rates for the work that they undertake on our behalf.