What is live-in care?
Live-in care is a great alternative to moving your elderly loved one into residential care when they seem to be struggling to cope in their own home. A dedicated carer moves into their home, living alongside them as a member of the family, aiding and supporting them wherever, and whenever, they need assistance, enabling them to lead an independent lifestyle.
What makes live-in care a better option than a residential care home in Dumfriesshire?
Whether your loved one lives in the county town of Dumfries, or in one of the region’s villages, such as Kirkton, Lochanhead or Bankend, a live-in carer enables them to carry on living in their much-loved home, with none of the disruptions that a move into residential care involves.
Downsizing from a family home into a single room in a care home requires your loved one to go through a lifetime’s worth of possessions, choosing what to keep and what to part with. That isn’t necessary with live-in care.
Moving into a care home also means moving away from friends and neighbours, which can be disorientating at any time of life, but particularly so for an elderly person who may have memory problems. Institutional care requires your loved one to conform to a new timetable, with meals and activities scheduled for the convenience of the care home, rather than for individual residents.
With a live-in carer, your loved one remains in charge of their own destiny, so if they suddenly fancy a trip to Hetland Garden Centre, for example, their carer will facilitate this.
Many of our care recipients have much-loved pets, which, unfortunately, most care homes are unable to accommodate, due to health and safety regulations. A live-in carer will help to look after pets, if necessary, enabling your loved one to reap the known health benefits of animal ownership.
How can a live-in carer ensure my loved one’s comfort and safety in Dumfriesshire?
It’s an unfortunate fact that there is a new breed of criminal who focuses on the elderly, seeing them as vulnerable and easy targets. Having another adult presence in the home acts as a powerful deterrent to unscrupulous callers and thieves. A live-in carer will also make sure that windows and doors are bolted securely at night, and when the property is left vacant, for extra security.
Elderly people are more prone to trips and falls, and having a carer on hand is particularly useful in case of accidents or emergencies, providing our clients with great peace of mind that their loved one is protected and well looked after at all times.
Care recipients with memory problems sometimes forget about bathing and even eating, but a live-in carer ensures that daily tasks are completed appropriately, with personal hygiene, fresh air and excellent nutrition key elements of their role within your loved one’s home.
The carer will ensure that your relative attends medical appointments at Greyfriars or Gillbrae Medical Centre, and will collect and dispense medications from Murray William or Lochthorn Pharmacy, in accordance with medical instructions.
You can relax in the knowledge that your loved one’s needs are being attended to throughout every single day and night, ensuring their safety and happiness at all times.
Who can benefit from live-in care in Dumfriesshire?
Elder provides live-in care services for a range of needs, from simple and straightforward companion care right through to the more complex care needs of those with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Some care recipients are nervous about living alone and benefit from having a companion in the home, providing company and friendship, along with help with the household chores. Having someone to share an outing to Mrs Green’s Tea Lounge in Queensberry Street, and someone to accompany them to social events and shopping trips, can mean so much.
Some care recipients have spouses who are struggling to cope with their care needs, and an extra pair of hands around the home can make all the difference between barely coping and being able to make the most of every single day.
Other clients need someone to provide personal care to their loved one, and in these cases, we can supply a fully trained, experienced and empathetic carer to cope with your loved one’s unique circumstances.
How much does live-in care in Dumfriesshire cost?
We don’t believe in bumping up our invoices with lots of hidden ‘extras’ and additional costs - that’s why we charge a single flat rate of just £849 per week for our live-in care service. This is around 30% less than you could expect to pay for a place in a residential care home.
Where the carer is looking after a couple, the savings are even greater, making live-in care an attractive option to more costly residential packages. We don’t cut costs by paying our employees less than they are worth either - in fact, we pay above the industry rates, as our good reputation rests upon the work that they do.
How do I find out more?
At Elder, we are absolutely passionate about enabling the older generation to enjoy life to the full, from the comfort of their own homes, and we’re always delighted to talk about the work that we do. Our customer care advisors are on hand seven days a week to respond to any questions or concerns that you have about live-in care.
Call us today between 8 am and 8 pm for a friendly, no obligation chat about Elder live-in care, and discover the peace of mind that live-in care can provide, both to you and to your loved one.