Live-in care is a relatively new way of ensuring that your elderly loved one is safe and well cared for while being able to remain in their own home. Rather than naturally assuming that someone who is no longer able to live independently should go into a care home, today’s preferred solution is for 24/7 one to one care at home.
Why is live-in care preferable to a care home in Kendal?
A care home would struggle to give your loved one the exclusive care and attention they can expect from a live-in carer, and you would probably worry about how your relative was coping in the unfamiliar environment of a care home. With Elder’s live-in care service, you know that the carer is always available to assist your loved one and to provide companionship and support in their daily life.
Because Elder’s carers have extensive experience and training, they are able to provide the highest level of care, whatever your loved one’s health status is. If complex care for Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia is needed, our caregivers will provide this.
A further advantage of live-in care is that your loved one will be able to remain in their own home and will not have to go through the turmoil of leaving the place they love and moving into a care home with many other elderly people.
They will be able to remain in regular contact with neighbours and friends who are important to them and will not have to worry about changing doctors or making any other difficult adjustments at this time in their life.
Elder provides carers in Kendal and nearby areas, such as Crosthwaite, Oxenholme and Crook.
What are the benefits of live-in care in Kendal?
Your loved one will be supported to retain as much independence as they possibly can in their own home and community. Our carers are aware of how beneficial physical activity is for elderly people and will encourage your loved one to remain active and participate in hobbies they enjoy. They may escort them to a local tea dance or help them to carry out light tasks in the garden, depending on your elderly relative’s preferences.
If your loved one has pets they are no longer able to care for; a live-in carer will ensure that they are fed and exercised regularly. For those requiring specialist dementia care, this can be invaluable.
How does 24-hour care work in Kendal?
A unique care plan will be written for your loved one. This will record all their individual needs and how they would prefer their care to be delivered. Everything that is needed to ensure your loved one enjoys as good a quality of life as they can, and to keep them safe both at home and when they go out, will be undertaken by their carer.
Personal care will be delivered in the way your loved one prefers and when they want. Domestic duties such as meal preparation, washing and ironing can also be included in the carer’s duties, depending on what your elderly relative requires. If their health condition deteriorates in any way or circumstances vary, these changes will be recorded in the care plan, and the care given will be adjusted to the new conditions.
Our carers can help your elderly relative with their medication, for example, ordering and collecting prescriptions from GP practices, such as the Captain French Surgery.
What can you expect from a live-in carer in Kendal?
Depending on how your loved one likes to spend their time, their live-in carer will be able to accompany them on errands in the town, such as visits to the Westmorland Shopping Centre or the Carnegie Library. If your relative is a car owner, the carer will be able to chauffeur them around. This part of Cumbria is very beautiful, and drives in the Lake District are enjoyable at any time of year.
Your loved one may like to visit nearby Sizergh Castle and Garden, just four miles outside the town, or possibly spend an hour in the Museum of Lakeland Life or Kendal Museum. With a one to one carer to ensure they are safe, your elderly loved one can make the most of living in this lovely county.
How expensive is live-in care in Kendal?
The answer is that live-in care can actually work out up to 30% less expensive than care home fees. Elder charges an inclusive rate of £849 a week for live-in care, and there are no hidden fees to pay. We can also help those entitled to local authority direct payment, NHS personal health budgets and equity release access their best option.
Although our service is very competitively priced, the quality of care is not compromised, because our carers are paid higher than normal industry rates, and we are able to attract high calibre carers all over the UK.
What advantages does Elder have over other live-in care providers?
Elder’s service means there is always someone available to offer the support you need. If you have any worries or would like advice on any aspect of your loved one’s care, our support team will always help.
Our screening procedure is rigorous, and we carry out all the necessary checks to ensure that our carers can provide the best care possible. And, if your elderly relative lives with Alzheimer’s or dementia, we’re able to provide specialist dementia care.
We also select carers on the basis of the interests of the individual care recipient, so that we know they will have plenty in common and will get on well together, building firm and supportive relationships.
For a further discussion with no obligation, call us and speak to our care advisors, who will be happy to help.