What is live-in care?
Live-in care is a new and viable alternative to the more traditional residential care home. When your loved one is struggling to cope in their own home, rather than moving into residential accommodation, they can have an experienced and dedicated caregiver who moves into their home, helping with all manner of tasks and chores, enabling them to live an independent lifestyle.
Why is live-in care the better alternative to a care home in Marlborough?
Moving into residential care is a major upheaval, particularly for elderly people, who are often resistant to change. Downsizing from a family home into a single room in a care home means going through a lifetime’s worth of possessions, sorting out what can be taken and what must be sold or given away.
Moving a live-in carer into your loved one’s home creates far less distress, allowing your loved one to continue going about their daily life, without any of the associated worries. The carer is on hand at all hours of the day and night to provide help and assistance whenever it is needed.
Having a live-in carer allows your loved one to continue to live the lifestyle that they enjoy, with the carer facilitating social events, days out and activities. There’s no need to wait for an organised day out, as a live-in carer can adapt to situations as they arise. If the day is sunny, for example, your loved one can get out to enjoy a walk in Coopers Meadow or Priory Gardens or can take afternoon tea at Polly’s Tea Rooms, without the need for any form filling or risk assessments.
Unlike in a care home, a live-in carer only has your loved one to take into account and can be available at any time. Even the very best managed care homes are unable to provide one to one ratios, to allow residents time to really bond with the carers, and form friendships with them.
Why is Elder the best care solution in Marlborough?
Whether your elderly relative lives in Marlborough itself, or one of the outlying villages such as Mildenhall, Rockley or Manton, they can reap the benefits of a dedicated Elder live-in carer. The carer will make sure that your loved one can get out and about to visit friends and neighbours and to partake in local activities that they are interested in.
Many of our care recipients have much-loved pets, which care homes are unable to accommodate, and in these cases, the carer will help with pet care duties, including grooming, feeding and walking, if necessary.
Other elderly people have gardens that they have lovingly tended for many years, and the carer will help with gardening duties if this is the case. All care packages are completely bespoke, so wherever your loved one needs assistance or an extra pair of hands, the carer will be on hand to help and assist.
How can live-in care keep your loved one as safe and comfortable as possible in Marlborough?
Many of our clients draw great comfort from knowing that their loved one has company at all times, keeping loneliness at bay. Having an extra adult in the home is also a great deterrent against thieves and unscrupulous callers, many of whom prey on the elderly, viewing them as easy targets.
The live-in carer will make sure that your loved one attends medical appointments, at the Medical Practice on George Lane, for example, and will collect prescriptions from Kennet Pharmacy or Boots, making sure that they are dispensed in accordance with the GP’s instructions.
The carer will also accompany your relative on visits to the Podiatry Clinic on the Parade, assist with shopping trips and help out anywhere that help is needed, from making the beds to sorting the laundry.
How does Elder live-in care work?
We spend time assessing your loved one’s personality, hobbies and pastimes, and then we carefully source a live-in carer who matches them as closely as possible. We find that giving both parties plenty of common ground allows them to bond quickly, forming strong ties of friendship and trust, which is vital for a good relationship.
We work with you to draw up a care plan, detailing the main tasks of the carer, although as your loved one’s needs are likely to increase over time, the plan is fully adaptable. Some clients are seeking companion-based care to provide security in the home, keep loneliness at bay and help with some household chores.
Other care recipients have more complex needs, particularly where Alzheimer’s disease or dementia are factors to be taken into consideration, and in these instances, the care plan will cover issues such as bathing, dressing and toileting.
How much does live-in care in Marlborough cost?
Elder charges a flat rate of just £770 per week for live-in care, with absolutely no hidden extras. This compares very favourably with the cost of a place in residential care, which tends to be around 30% higher.
Why choose Elder?
At Elder, we are passionate about providing assistance for the elderly in their own homes, allowing them to live full and active lives. We are a nationwide company with a commitment to offering our clients a truly exceptional service, which is why we make it easy for you to get in touch in the event of any queries, questions or problems.
Call us anytime between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week, for a no-obligation chat about our services.