What is live-in care?
If you suspect that your elderly relative is struggling to cope in their own home then you’re probably considering your options. Rather than moving your loved one into residential care, you could consider the services of a live-in carer, who will live in their home and provide assistance at any hour of the day or night, to ensure their comfort and safety.
What makes live-in care in Primrose Hill a better option than a care home?
Whether your loved one lives in Primrose Hill itself, or one of the neighbouring areas such as Chalk Farm, Camden or Swiss Cottage, they will have undoubtedly built up a network of friends and neighbours within their local community. Moving into residential care means moving away from familiar streets and faces, which can be difficult at any time of life, but particularly in old age. By arranging for a live-in carer to move into your loved one’s home, there is no need to become accustomed to new routines and new faces: your loved one can continue to enjoy their favourite pastimes and social events, with minimal disruption to their way of life.
Many Elder care recipients have pets that have become part of their family. Unfortunately, most care homes are unable to accommodate animals, leaving new residents with the heartbreaking task of rehousing their furry and feathered friends. Yet pet ownership has been consistently proven to offer profound health benefits, so a live-in carer will happily assist with pet care duties, if required, enabling your relative to continue to enjoy the associated companionship.
Moving into residential care involves going through a lifetime’s worth of treasured possessions, choosing what to keep and what to part with. The move from a family home into one room in a care home means that your loved one must be ruthless in paring down their belongings, which can be distressing. Moving a live-in carer into the home allows your loved one to retain their belongings, as they continue to enjoy their previous lifestyle whilst being supported by the carer.
What does a live-in carer in Primrose Hill do?
An Elder live-in carer will perform any task that enables your loved one to continue to live happily in their own home. They will help with household chores, including laundry duties and bed making, and will assist with pet-care and gardening duties too, if needed.
Fresh air and exercise are important at every stage of life, and a live-in carer will encourage your loved one to get out and about, whether that’s for a gentle stroll around Regents Park or a shopping trip to Camden Market. All Elder carers are carefully selected to match as closely as possible with their care recipient’s hobbies and interests. This promotes strong bonds of trust and friendship, providing plenty of common ground for building a lasting relationship.
From simple companion care for elderly people who are feeling lonely, to tackling more complex tasks such as personal care duties for people living with progressive diseases, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, the carer will perform any task necessary to enable your loved one to retain their dignity and independence.
They will arrange medical appointments at Primrose Hill Surgery on Regents Park Road, ensuring that your loved one arrives on time, and will collect prescriptions from chemists such as Primrose Pharmacy, ensuring that medications are taken as advised by the doctor.
Elder carers recognise that fresh air, moderate exercise, and a healthy and nutritious diet are essential. They will support your relative with visits that promote their health and wellbeing, regardless of their hobbies. So if that’s a trip to the Community Centre for bridge tournaments and senior yoga sessions, or a day out into Central London to visit a museum or gallery, the carer will encourage them to have pursue their interests and maintain an active social life.
The carer will also make sure that your loved one eats a balanced diet, shopping and cooking where this is something that your loved one would prefer them to do, or assisting with food preparation if cooking meals remains a favourite pastime for your loved one.
How much does live-in care in Primrose Hill cost?
At Elder, we charge one single flat rate of just £849 per week for live-in care, with the guarantee that there will be no extra charges or hidden costs. The only time you’ll be charged more for a permanent live-in care plan is if there is more than one care recipient, or the use of a car is required.
This allows you to plan your monthly budget with complete confidence. Despite the fact that live-in care offers unrivalled levels of one-to-one support, that even the best care homes can never hope to match, it represents a saving of up to 30% on the average cost of a place in a care home. And despite a slightly higher rate for couples, savings versus a care home are even higher if there is more than one care recipient.
The low cost doesn’t mean that we cut corners when it comes to the amount Elder carers earn. We understand that our reputation is based on the excellent work they do, which is why we do our best to ensure they earn above the industry standard.
How can I find out more about live-in care?
We are always delighted to discuss our live-in care services with interested parties. Call us any day of the week to speak to a member of our Customer Care Team, who will discuss your worries and concerns, and answer any questions that you have about live-in care. Our phone lines are open between the hours of 8am-8pm. So, call today to find out the difference that an Elder live-in carer could make to your loved one’s life.