What is live-in care?
Live-in care is suitable for an older person who is struggling to cope in their own home. They may live alone or with a partner and may need a degree of help with daily tasks and household chores. This will enable them to live an active and fulfilling life.
Until recently, older people who were unable to cope in their homes were almost invariably referred to residential care, but the live-in care model is gaining in popularity, making it an incredibly appealing alternative to institutional care.
What makes live-in care a better option than residential care in Dunfermline?
Many residential care homes do an excellent job of looking after the elderly people in their care, but no matter how good the home, nor how highly qualified the staff, they just cannot offer dedicated 1:1 care to your loved one throughout every single day and night.
Your loved one could be faced with several different care home employees during the course of a day. This can be confusing, particularly for those with memory problems.
An Elder carer offers unrivalled levels of care, being on hand throughout every day and night, so they can even deal with emergencies. They are always ready to lend a hand absolutely anywhere that it is needed, from help with laundry, washing up and gardening, to driving your loved one to social events and medical appointments.
Moving into a residential care home is a big step and one that many older people find particularly distressing. It requires them to pare back the treasures and mementoes accumulated over a lifetime. By choosing live-in care, there is no need to part with much-loved possessions and your loved one can continue to keep to their familiar routines from the comfort of their own home.
Some of our care recipients have pets, which studies have proven to help keep blood pressure low and contentment levels high. Most residential care homes are unfortunately unable to accommodate pets due to health and safety restrictions.
With a live-in carer, there is no question of rehoming these pets. The carer will happily assist with pet care duties if necessary, to ensure that your loved one is able to enjoy the benefits of pet ownership for many years to come.
What does a live-in carer in Dunfermline actually do?
Elder offers a completely bespoke service which is tailored to your loved one’s exact needs, so there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ service. We take the time to get to know as much as possible about your loved one. This enables us to draw up an appropriately tailored care plan, with the understanding that this is almost always likely to change and adapt over time.
Elder live-in carers offer a complete service from simple companion care through to more complex care packages, such as those for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In these circumstances, assistance with personal care activities including dressing, bathing and hygiene is often required.
The carer will be happy to arrange appointments at the New Park Medical Practice or Millhill Surgery and will collect prescriptions from Alderston or Well Pharmacy, ensuring that medication is dispensed in a timely and appropriate manner.
They will facilitate outings to ensure that your loved one receives appropriate levels of fresh air and exercise, whether in the form of a gentle stroll around Pittencrieff Park on a sunny day or a trip to Kingsgate Shopping Centre.
In addition to helping with household chores, pet care and gardening duties, the carer will make sure that your loved one eats healthy and nutritionally balanced meals, for optimum health and wellbeing.
Who can benefit from live-in care in Dunfermline?
Any older person who is struggling to cope in their own home can benefit from Elder live-in care, whether they live in the town itself, or one of the neighbouring villages such as Fordell, Wellwood or Hillend.
We can provide short-term respite care solutions through to long-term tailored care packages for a wide range of conditions, including Alzheimer’s and dementia, where your loved one’s condition could potentially deteriorate over time.
Some clients are seeking live-in care principally to serve as companion care for their elderly loved one, particularly where the care recipient is nervous about living alone.
Others are seeking help for a couple, where one partner is overwhelmed by the burden of trying to care for their spouse. Whatever your loved one’s situation, Elder can supply a live-in carer to suit their particular needs and circumstances.
How much does live-in care in Dunfermline cost?
Residential care homes often feature in news reports due to spiralling costs. In a residential care home, the staff must distribute themselves between numerous residents. This makes it impossible to deliver the one to one care that an Elder live-in carer provides, so you might reasonably expect the costs to be similar.
In fact, most of our clients are astonished to discover that the cost of a dedicated Elder live-in carer comes in at around 30 percent less than the cost of a place in residential care.
At Elder, we believe in complete transparency, with no hidden costs. We charge a single flat rate of just £849 per week, and you won’t encounter any unexpected charges.
How can I find out more?
Our customer care advisors are available to help seven days a week, ready to take your call and answer any questions that you may have about our live-in care service, with no obligation whatsoever.
Call us anytime between 8am and 8pm to discover the difference that an Elder live-in carer could make to your loved one’s quality of life.