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At Elder, we understand your loved one’s desire to remain in the familiarity of their own home. Being able to live surrounded by adored pets, neighbours and community is an option available to everyone, no matter what their needs. Elder provides live-in care both in Cumbria and the surround, enabling your loved ones to remain safely in their own home.
There was a time when the only option for round-the-clock care was to place your loved one in one of the residential care homes in Cumbria. Today, there is a host of practical, affordable and flexible dedicated care options tailored to you and your loved one’s needs. Whether the need is for short-term care following an injury or operation, quality companion care or consistent, compassionate dementia care, we work with you to identify and provide the support that your loved one needs.
There are many advantages of remaining in familiar surroundings, particularly for patients needing Alzheimer’s or dementia care. Care at home offers safe, dedicated support and peace of mind for everyone, with overnight assistance. Our dedicated carers keep you and your family up-to-date with your loved one’s progress and daily life.
What is live-in care?
Your loved one can continue living at home, cared for 24/7 by two dedicated carers, working in a rotation of two weeks on and two weeks off. Care is available for any timeframe that suits you, whether on an ad-hoc basis to give a family carer a break or on a more permanent basis.
Carers assist with as much or as little as needed and can undertake daily tasks such as light household chores (cooking, laundry, vacuuming), bathing and personal hygiene and dressing. Carers can also assist with medication, arrange prescriptions, book medical appointments and support exercise.
A carer offers quality companion care too; whether exploring new hobbies together, enjoying Cumbria’s natural beauty on outings, helping to make arrangements to see friends and family, assisting your loved one to participate in community activities or, most importantly, just being there for them to talk to.
Our focus is your loved one’s continued well-being, through dedicated care and compassionate support.
Areas we cover across Cumbria
Elder provides the highest standards of care across Cumbria
What our customers say
“Judith is absolutely lovely and you could see the fantastic relationship she has with my mum. My mum’s smile nearly lit up the whole house when Judith arrived.”
Our carers are experienced professionals who are carefully matched with your loved one’s personal requirements and needs. All carers are English-speaking (27 other languages are spoken too), and are required to complete our scenario-based examination and participate in a face-to-face interview. All are DBS background checked and insured.
At Elder, a carer is more than their qualifications and professional abilities. Our approach is simple: our carer is a person you would have as your friend. During our screening process, we ask: would I allow this carer to look after my own elderly relatives? It’s that simple. We guarantee consistency, and we can provide the same carer for as long as you wish.
Our carers also receive dedicated support seven days a week from our team here at Elder. We ensure our carers have someone to talk to, generous remuneration and a working environment that suits their lifestyle, experience and ability.
Our website has helpful information and instant support, such as advice on dementia care, companion care and care at home. Our practical blog also offers useful advice, such as how to pay for care, how to get a care assessment and tips for staying safe at home.
Tailored practical advice supports all decisions regarding your loved one’s needs, and care solutions are reasonably priced and consistent.
What are the costs?
A common misconception is that 24-hour care is out of reach for most families. The concept of round the clock, dedicated care sounds expensive. Happily, this is not true. At Elder, we work with you and your loved one’s current circumstances and discuss all funding options with you, and care at home can be up to 30 per cent cheaper than funding a care home place.
Cumbria Council offers a free financial assessment to determine the funding support that is available. The value of your loved one’s residential home is not included in this as part of their savings. Funding is also available for particular health conditions.
In determining the costs of 24-hour care at home, it is worth considering the value of continued independence, the comfort of familiar surroundings and dedicated one-on-one care.
Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 102-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for over two years. We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman – and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.
Useful resources for carers in Cumbria
Carlisle Carers is an independent local charity offering support and advice to local carers.
Address: Fusehill Medical Centre, Fusehill Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA1 2HE
Call: 01228 542156
Charity based in Penrith, Cumbria, supporting carers with hubs, carers’ clinics and breaks for carers.
Address: The Office, Mardale Road, Penrith, CA11 9EH
Call: 01768 890280
Charity which supports young carers, transitional carers and adult carers.
Address: Suite 7F, Lakeland Business Park, Lamplugh Road, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0QT
Call: 01900 821 976
Age UK offers a range of support from the local West Cumbria Office including independent living support and day services.
Address: Old Customs House, West Strand, Whitehaven, CA28 7LR
Call: 08443 843 843
The Cumbria Royal Voluntary Service trains volunteers to befriend older people on the wards of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust and also runs the Fairfield Over 60s Social Club.
Call: 01539 760001
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