What is live-in care?
Live-in care is an innovative alternative to residential care. Instead of persuading your elderly loved one that they might be better off, and safer, in one of the care homes in Perth, an Elder live-in carer will move into their home, acting as a companion, friend and facilitator.
The carer will perform any number of functions to ensure that your relative can lead as full and independent a lifestyle as possible.
What makes live-in care in Perth a better option than a care home?
Whether your elderly loved one lives in Perth, or in one of the outlying villages such as Scone, Kinfauns or Tibbermore, one of Elder’s live-in carers can move into their home and help them to make the most of every day.
Many elderly people become distressed at the thought of moving into residential care. This involves downsizing a lifetime’s worth of possessions and parting with much-loved belongings.
It means saying ‘Goodbye’ to friends and neighbours and closing the door for the last time on a family home packed with memories. In some cases, beloved pets need to be rehomed because most care homes are just unable to accommodate them.
With live-in care, there is none of this heartbreak. A carer, who is carefully matched to your loved one to ensure compatibility from the outset, moves into your loved one’s home. The carer helps them at every turn, enabling them to continue to live in a way that suits them best.
Your elderly relative can continue to enjoy their favourite activities and keep to their familiar routines, aided by the carer who will ensure that they are kept safe and well throughout every day and night.
Who can benefit from live-in care in Perth?
Any elderly person who is struggling to cope in their own home can benefit from live-in care. We are often called upon to provide companion care for elderly people who are feeling lonely and insecure in their homes. An extra adult within the household can provide great reassurance.
Sometimes a couple may be struggling to cope, particularly where one partner has complex care needs which the other partner is unable to fulfil. An extra pair of hands around the home can make a huge difference in these situations, allowing the couple to remain together in their own home, rather than face having to separate as one moves into a care home.
Live-in care can be a short-term respite solution, such as in cases where an elderly person is recovering from illness or surgery. Alternatively, it can be a long-term solution, as in cases of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia where a condition is expected to deteriorate over a period of time.
A major benefit of live-in care is that someone is on hand throughout every day and night and can cope with any emergencies which may arise. This provides peace of mind to the entire family, not just the immediate care recipient.
What does an Elder live-in carer do?
An Elder live-in carer will turn their hand to just about any task, to enable your loved one to enjoy life to the full. This can be anything from providing companion care and helping with the housework, through to providing personal care where needed, assisting with bathing, dressing and other similar tasks.
The carer will arrange any necessary medical appointments, whether with one of the city’s GPs at the City Medical Centre or Kings Practice on Glover Street or at PRI or Murray Royal Hospital. They will ensure that your loved one attends at the designated time, and will ensure that prescriptions are maintained and dispensed in accordance with medical instructions.
Elder carers recognise the importance of appropriate amounts of fresh air and exercise and will encourage your loved one to keep as active as possible. This may involve joining in a senior aquafit session at Perth Leisure Pool, or a stroll around St John’s Shopping Centre.
Some elderly people lose track of mealtimes and sometimes forget to eat at all. An Elder carer will ensure that your loved one eats healthy and nutritious meals throughout the day and that they are kept hydrated.
How much does live-in care in Perth cost?
Unlike in a care home, where staff must divide their time between multiple residents, an Elder live-in carer provides dedicated 1:1 care to your loved one throughout every single day and night.
You might expect the cost to be considerably higher than care home charges for this reason alone, yet in fact, the cost of Elder live-in care is around 30 percent cheaper than a place in residential care.
At Elder, we charge a single flat rate of just £895 per week.
There are no hidden costs, so no nasty surprises when it’s time to pay the bill. And if the Elder live-in carer is looking after a couple, the savings are even greater. Plus, you won’t pay more for more acute needs, such as Alzheimer’s care.
How can I find out more about live-in care in Perth?
We are simply passionate about providing high-quality care to elderly people in their own home, and we would be delighted to discuss any aspect of our care service with you, with absolutely no obligation whatsoever.
Our dedicated customer care team are on hand to take your calls seven days a week. Just call us anytime between 8 am and 8 pm to find out the difference that an Elder carer could make to your loved one’s situation and your peace of mind.