There comes a time when many of us need to consider long-term care for our parents or loved ones. The first option is usually residential care in a care or nursing home. But unsurprisingly, many people are reluctant to leave their homes and move permanently into managed care.
Luckily, in Blackpool and surrounding areas, they don’t need to. Elder can provide live-in care to both singles and couples who want to stay in their own home.
How is live-in care better than a care home in Blackpool?
Private live-in care simply means older people can live independently at home for longer. Having a professional carer living-in offers the individual a greater sense of security and comfort, and enables them to still be able to carry on with life as before.
With the same home, friends, and family nearby, and even the same schedule as to when meals are cooked and served and when they wake up and go to sleep, your loved one’s feelings of comfort are increased dramatically.
The level of care received is also a different kind and on a different level. In a nursing home, there may be one member of staff to eight or more residents. This means care recipients get very little attention other than for their basic needs.
When they do get attention, it is often as a group. Live-in care is both care and companionship and this level of attention means you don’t have to worry. Your parent or loved one is not only safe and well, but also entertained and in good company.
Our carers are highly trained in caring for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and they understand the mechanisms behind these conditions and how to respond to typical dementia symptoms. They are there for the care recipient, one on one, and don’t need to rush their interactions to help another person.
Is Elder the best care solution in Blackpool?
While some older people might prefer to live in residential care, most would prefer to stay in their own home. After all, it’s not their home which needs assistance, and perhaps their home has already had some adjustment made to better accommodate an older person.
In our experience, the elderly are usually much happier, more active and more content in familiar surroundings. This might mean remaining in the home they shared with a spouse or partner, or where they raised a family.
These key prompts such as familiar furniture, views, smells and of course, all their favourite foods, offer immeasurable support, particularly to those living with dementia.
In familiar surroundings, people are also more likely to venture outside, be it into town with their carer or to sit in the garden. Even a chance meeting over the fence with a neighbour can be an incredibly therapeutic event.
What’s more, many of our care recipients have cats and dogs. Pets are often considered as part of the family and being separated from a loved pet would be heartbreaking. Our live-in carers are also pet-friendly and will enjoy taking the dog out too if required.
Does live-in care in Blackpool offer the same level of care as a nursing home?
This region is a highly accessible area of the UK for elderly residents and wheelchair users. The seafront is one of the best-known places and a popular holiday destination, so it’s no surprise that many elderly people choose to retire here. Attractions such as the Tower, the Zoo and area walks are all very popular.
The iconic Blackpool Tower is well prepared for visitors of all ages, with wheelchair access from the Bank Hey Street entrance. There is also a roll on lift to all floors of the Tower. Once at the top, social events in the ballroom and coffee and tea facilities make the location an excellent choice for a day out with a carer.
Blackpool Zoo is also fully accessible and offers wheelchair and blue badge parking spaces too. Ramps and toilets make it is easy for both wheelchair users and their carers and the experience can provide much needed social interactions.
Once someone needs one to one care, being in an area with plenty to do can help keep them active and engaged, no matter what their mobility issues may be. But there is so much more to do; you can always find a day out in town.
The Houndshill Shopping Centre in the heart of the city is a covered mall with bright lighting and indoor plants. It’s good for Christmas and gift shopping, pharmacy trips or just a wander around, no matter what the weather is like.
Accessing healthcare or attending doctors appointments is not a problem in Blackpool. The main hospital, Victoria Hospital, also known as ‘The Vic’, is one of the best in the country, with state of the art facilities. So if a short hospital stay is required, the care recipient won’t be too far away.
Where will our carer stay?
Elder carers are 24/7 carers, and this means they will live in your loved one’s own home. Typically, a spare bedroom or converted office in your home will be turned into the carer’s bedroom, so they can be available overnight too if needed.
How much does live-in care cost?
Elder’s live-in care service costs £849 per week, and there are no hidden costs. Your carer will have already been trained before they arrive and there are no charges for travel to your loved one’s home.
Plus, you won’t pay more for more acute needs, such as Alzheimer’s care.