Ensuring that your loved one receives the best care possible when they need it is a concern for many people. If a relative has become too frail to manage to live independently but dreads the thought of going into a care home, why not explore Elder’s live-in care service in Nottinghamshire?
Staying safe at home
Everyone wants to retain as much independence as possible, and with a live-in carer from Elder, your loved one can do just that. At the same time, you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing they have a trained, dedicated carer with them to provide the support they need in their daily life.
Elder’s carer will move into your loved one’s home, so there is someone in the house 24-hours a day. Often simply knowing there is help on hand at any time can make a vulnerable older person feel much safer and happier in their home.
How does live-in care work?
Elder directly employs carers in Nottinghamshire so you do not have to be concerned about any of the administrative tasks that go along with arranging support staff. All Elder’s carers have comprehensive background checks and are trained in elderly care. When you liaise with Elder to discuss your loved one’s care requirements a comprehensive, individualised care plan will be prepared.
Elder takes pride in matching the right carer to the person receiving the care so that they will get on well together and develop a supportive and caring relationship. Things like interests and personality are taken into account when choosing a carer for your relative. As well as providing for your loved one’s physical needs, companion care means that they also support their emotional wellbeing too.
Live-in care is a flexible way to ensure that your loved one has all the support they require but can stay in control of their own life and remain in familiar surroundings. It is also ideal for couples, particularly if their care needs are different because, in addition to being more cost-effective than two care home beds, it allows the couple to stay together. All too often, people who have lived together for decades find they need to be separated at this stage of life, purely because the same residential home cannot accommodate them both.
What will the carer do?
Following the care plan, the carer will help your elderly relative with any of the activities of daily living that now pose difficulties for them. For example, they may need assistance to get out of bed, use the toilet, wash and get dressed. The carer will help with all this and be flexible so that your loved one can make their own choices about what time to get up, what they want to wear and so on.
As well as providing help such as this, the caregiver will carry out the domestic tasks needed to keep the home running smoothly. This might involve shopping, cleaning and laundry. Elder’s Nottinghamshire carers will also cook nutritious and appetising meals that your loved one will enjoy.
Supporting the social side of life is also important, and in addition to providing care at home, your loved one’s carer will also help them to continue enjoying their favourite activities or hobbies. They can escort them to social groups outside the home, and the carer will be able to help them to keep in touch with friends and family members.
What happens when my loved one’s carer needs a break?
Elder’s carers in Nottinghamshire usually work in rotation with another carer. They may have a routine that consists of working two weeks and then having two weeks off. This means that there is always another carer your loved one knows well to cover for holidays and sickness, and avoids the disruption that would occur if a stranger was employed to care for your loved one.
Dementia and other conditions
Some of Elder’s carers in Nottinghamshire have been trained in dementia care and have experience of looking after people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. If your loved one has dementia, they will be happier staying in their own home where everything is familiar. Because Elder’s live-in carers develop a close relationship with the older person, they will find it easier to accept personal care from them than they would in residential care, where a relative stranger might have to assist with more intimate tasks.
Elder also has staff who can care for people with many different health conditions including stroke, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
One of the advantages of this type of care is that the carer gets to know the care recipient well and will notice when aspects of their condition alter. They will know when to contact other health professionals or to call you if they are concerned about your loved one’s wellbeing. Because 24-hour care is so flexible, alterations can be made to the care plan to reflect the person’s changing needs and ensure that they continue to receive all the support they require.
For more information on the services we provide, simply get in touch with Elder’s Nottinghamshire team today.