When a loved one becomes unable to fully care for themselves and needs support both during the day and at night, a care or nursing home may seem like the only option. However, there is an alternative that means your elderly relative doesn’t need to be uprooted and leave the comfort of their own home: live-in care.
Live-in care in Preston
An Elder live-in carer can support and care for your family member 24/7 in their own home in Preston or surrounding areas. Elderly people often fare better, both mentally and physically, when surrounded by familiar places and possessions, and a live-in carer can help your loved one to keep as much independence as possible without their physical care needs being neglected.
Care homes and nursing homes often have excellent facilities, but they cannot provide the one-to-one attention of a live-in carer.
How live-in care works
Elder live-in carers are specialists in their field, providing first-rate care for those in need. Live-in carers usually work on rotation, living with the care recipient on a two-weeks on and two-weeks off basis with another carer, proving support 24/7.
This means that your loved one will have the chance to form bonds of friendship and companionship with their carer. Your loved one’s care plan will be fully discussed with you and specifically tailored to meet their exact needs.
Your loved one may require more of a companionship role from their carer, including reminders to take any medication at the correct times, or may need more complex care, such as help with bathing and dressing or the care requirements of someone living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
With a live-in carer, your loved one can still manage many aspects of their own lives if they are able. For example, a keen cook does not need to give up their passion for creating new dishes if they are still physically able to cope in the kitchen.
However, if your loved one is no longer able to manage all the meal preparation alone, then the lived-in carer will be happy to prepare well-balanced and nutritious meals.
If your loved one has green fingers and is still able to manage some light gardening, then they will be supported and encouraged by the live-in carer to continue to enjoy their hobby. Their live-in carer will provide as much or as little help as required.
If your loved one has pets but is no longer able to care for them alone, then the live-in carer can take on any feeding and grooming of the animals that your elderly relative isn’t able to manage and will ensure that they are well cared for. This will also save your loved one the pain of having to give their pets up were they to move into a care home.
Days out in Preston
An additional benefit of a live-in carer is that your loved one will still be able to get out and about to visit their local area. Whether they would like to browse the shops at Deepdale shopping centre, for example, or enjoy the Greek-themed artefacts at the Harris Museum, their live-in carer will be able to accompany them and help to ensure that they are safe at all times wherever they may like to visit.
Trips further afield along the Ribble could be organised, perhaps to enjoy lunch at the Ribble Estuary Nature Reserve, or to one of the surrounding towns and villages such as Walton-le-Dale or Clifton. Your loved one’s live-in carer will do their best to ensure that they can enjoy life to the fullest extent possible.
Another benefit of live-in care is that your elderly family member will be able to stay registered at their own doctor’s surgery, so whether they are with the Briarwood Medical Centre or need prescriptions collecting from the Boots on Fishergate, for example, this arrangement can continue with the help of a live-in carer.
Elder live-in carers
In order to recruit and retain the very best live-in carers, Elder pay above industry rates and ensure that there is a high level of support available.
Furthermore, Elder live-in carers have stated that they particularly enjoy the opportunity to form lasting bonds with both the care recipients and their families, which means that they have high job satisfaction.
This means that your loved one will be cared for by professionals who love their work and who are among the very best in the industry, giving you peace of mind.
Elder is careful to match care recipients with live-in carers who have similar interests so that they can get on well together and have the opportunity to forge a friendship.
How much does live-in care cost?
Elder live-in care costs a flat rate of £895 per week, with no extra charges. This can be extremely competitive when compared with the cost of a care home and can, in fact, work out at up to thirty percent less. If care is required for an elderly couple, then the potential savings could be even more significant.
If you would like to find out more about how Elder’s live-in carers could help your loved one and discuss your elderly relative’s needs in more detail, please feel free to contact one of our friendly care advisors any day between 8 am and 8 pm for a no-obligation chat.