What is live-in care?
When your elderly relative is struggling with daily tasks or is unsteady on their feet, you may be wondering how long they can continue to cope alone in their own home. Live-in care gives you an alternative option to a care home.
A dedicated caregiver stays in your loved one’s own home and is on hand throughout the day and night, providing constant care and attention, along with companionship, enabling your relative to enjoy life to the full.
What makes live-in care a better option than a care home in Harrow?
Whether your loved one lives in Harrow, Pinner, Stanmore or Wealdstone, a live-in carer can move into their home and help them to enjoy the best possible quality of life by acting as an enabler and facilitator.
Our care recipients benefit from remaining in their familiar surroundings, close to friends, neighbours and their local amenities. This is far less disruptive than having to move into new accommodation, which will be much smaller than they are accustomed to, necessitating a significant downsizing exercise.
Many of our care recipients are keen gardeners, with gardens and allotments that they have worked on for many years. With the help of their live-in carer, they can continue to enjoy their time outdoors tending to their plot, which brings the benefits of fresh air and exercise too.
Some care recipients have much-loved pets, which they would have to part with in order to move into residential care. Yet pet ownership is known to bring health benefits, such as raised self-esteem and a lowering of blood pressure, which can help to promote a longer and healthier life. An Elder carer will always be prepared to help out with pet care duties.
Care homes have to run along strict lines for the safety and well-being of all residents, but this makes it difficult, if not impossible, to accommodate fun and spontaneous outings.
With the help of a live-in carer, your loved one can take full advantage of every day, enjoying their favourite activities and pastimes, so if your relative suddenly fancies a trip to feed the ducks in Pinner Memorial Park, the carer will make sure that this is what they do.
How can live-in care keep my loved one safe and comfortable in Harrow?
Elderly people can be unsteady on their feet, which makes them liable to trips and falls. Knowing that someone is on hand throughout every day and night to deal with accidents and emergencies is very reassuring, not just for your loved one, but also for the wider family.
Loneliness is a particular scourge of the elderly, so a companion carer can make a massive difference to your loved one’s life, particularly if they are a little unsteady on their feet, or fearful of going outside without company. The carer is always on hand for a chat over a cup of tea, whether that’s at home, or on a trip out to St Ann’s Shopping Centre.
Having another adult presence in your loved one’s home acts as a powerful deterrent to thieves and unscrupulous callers, who often target the elderly, seeing them as easy prey.
A live-in carer can make sure that your relative isn’t taken advantage of, and can help with sending emails and Skyping relatives who live further afield, enabling them to stay in touch with family members.
The carer can also help with making medical appointments, whether at the Civic Medical Centre or The Ridgeway Surgery, and will pick up prescriptions from the pharmacy on Harrow Road, ensuring that any medications are dispensed in accordance with medical advice.
Who can benefit from live in care in Harrow?
Any older person in need of some assistance or company in the home can benefit from live-in care. Elder can provide everything from simple companion care through to more dedicated care work duties, encompassing help with bathing, dressing and using the bathroom for people living with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, for example.
Some care recipients just need a little help to get back on their feet following a period of illness, or after surgery. Others require a more permanent solution, with the carer’s duties gradually increasing over time as their health begins to deteriorate.
In some cases, one half of a couple requires assistance that their spouse is just unable to provide, and in these instances, a live-in carer can make a dramatic difference to the quality of life for both of your elderly relatives.
How much does it cost to have live-in care in Harrow?
Unlike staff ratios in a care home, an Elder carer provides constant one to one care, which leads many of our clients to assume that the costs will be similar to or higher than residential care.
In fact, they are surprised to find that the cost of live-in care comes in at around 30% less than the price of a place in a residential care home. Where a caregiver is employed to look after a couple in their own home, the savings are even more considerable.
Elder live-in care is charged at one single flat rate of just £849 per week, with absolutely no hidden extras so that you can plan your budget with confidence.
Plus, you won’t pay more for more acute needs, such as Alzheimer’s care.
How can I find out more?
Our customer care advisors are on hand seven days a week between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm, waiting to answer any questions that you may have about our live-in care service.
At Elder, we are passionate about enabling the very best quality of life for elderly people, and we are always delighted to discuss all aspects of our care service with prospective clients, with absolutely no obligation.