What is live-in care?
If you have an elderly relative who seems to be struggling to cope in their own home, then you’re probably spending a great deal of time worrying about the best course of action. It’s not always practical to move your loved one into your own home, and many older people are unhappy at the thought of moving into residential care.
With live-in care, a dedicated caregiver moves into your relative’s home, living as part of the family, but assisting in any number of ways to enable your loved one to live as independent a lifestyle as possible.
What makes live-in care a better option than a care home in Plymouth?
Whether your elderly relative lives in Plymouth, or one of the surrounding villages, such as Saltash, Ivybridge or Yelverton, they will have built up a network of friends and neighbours, and created a familiar routine for themselves.
Rather than facing the disruption that a move into residential care would cause, a live-in carer moving into their home allows them to continue to live in the way they prefer.
Remaining in the comfort and safety of their own home, your loved one won’t have to trawl through their possessions, deciding what to keep and what to part with, in preparation for a move from a much-loved home into a room in a care home.
Surrounded by their familiar possessions, they can enjoy life to the full, helped by the caregiver, who will assist with a wide variety of tasks to enable them to get the most out of every day.
Your loved one may have a garden that they have tended for many years, and with the help of a live-in carer, they can continue to reap the benefits of time spent outdoors. The carer will be happy to help with gardening chores, in addition to household duties, such as helping with shopping, cooking and housework.
Many care recipients have much-loved pets, which are known to lower blood pressure and foster a sense of wellbeing in their owners. Rather than having to part with them, as the majority of care homes do not allow pets, Elder’s care recipients can keep their pets, as a live-in carer will help with pet care duties.
How can live-in care in Plymouth keep my loved one safe and comfortable?
Some Elder care recipients are most in need of companion care, particularly if they have lost a spouse and are finding it challenging to adapt to life alone. Having another adult in the home gives them a greater sense of purpose, knowing that there is someone on hand to have a chat with, and to accompany them on outings.
Other care recipients have more complex needs, such as those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, who need increasing amounts of hands-on care as the disease progresses.
Elder carers can provide personal care services, such as help with bathing, dressing and personal hygiene, helping you rest assured that your loved one is being looked after at all hours of the day and night.
Old age often brings memory problems, with some elderly people failing to take good care of themselves, even forgetting to eat regular meals. All Elder carers understand the importance of proper nutrition and will make sure that their care recipients eat regular, healthy and nutritious meals.
Fresh air and moderate exercise are also important, and the carer will ensure that your loved one enjoys fun and stimulating days out, whether that’s a shopping trip to Drake’s Circus or a gentle stroll around West Hoe Park on a sunny afternoon.
The carer will accompany your loved one to medical appointments, whether at Peverell Park Surgery or North Road West Medical Centre and will collect prescriptions from Hyde Park Pharmacy, ensuring that medication is taken, as advised by the doctor.
Who can benefit from live-in care in Plymouth?
Elder live-in care is available to any older person who needs some degree of help and assistance in the home. Some of our care recipients only require a short period of care, such as those who are recovering from surgery, or a lengthy illness, for example.
The majority of our care recipients require a more permanent care solution, which will often increase over time. Rather than having to become accustomed to a variety of individuals entering their homes, with Elder, there is one single carer, who becomes a friend.
How much does live-in care in Plymouth cost?
The majority of our clients expect the cost of live-in care to be comparable to the cost of a place in residential care. No care home can offer the round-the-clock one to one care that a live-in carer provides, so the assumption is that there will be little difference in cost.
In fact, the cost of Elder live-in care comes at a flat rate of just £795 per week, which is around 30% less than typical care home fees. If the carer is looking after a couple in their own home, the savings are even more considerable.
Elder believes in complete transparency, which is why you’ll never find any additional charges or hidden costs added to your invoice, which makes it easier to plan your budget.
How can I find out more about live-in care?
Our customer care advisors are just a phone call away, waiting to answer your questions about live-in care and the impact it could have on you and your loved one. We are available seven days a week, between the hours of 8 am and 8 pm, to discuss our services with absolutely no obligation.