Finding the right care provision for an elderly loved one in East Lothian can be difficult, particularly when they have reached the stage of needing long-term care and are unwilling to leave their own home. If you are looking for an alternative to residential care, Elder’s live-in care service could be the solution.
What advantages does live-in care offer compared with a care home?
Private care at home can offer you the peace of mind you need, knowing that there is a dedicated one-to-one carer living in your loved one’s home with them, keeping them company and supporting them in every way they need. This level of attention would not be possible in a care home where the staff have a group of elderly people, with different needs, who all want their assistance throughout the day and night.
If your loved one is happy in their home and enjoys the company of friends and neighbours in the vicinity, then it can be a great wrench for them if they have to move away. A live-in carer will enable them to remain in their much-loved home and continue to enjoy the social activities that are important to them.
Elder’s live-in carers are available to move into your elderly relative’s home if they live in Musselburgh, North Berwick, Dunbar or in one of East Lothian’s other towns or villages. They can provide anything from simple companion care to more complex care such as that needed by those who are living with dementia.
Opting for live-in care does not mean that you need to compromise on the level or quality of care that your relative receives. Elder’s carers are highly trained and have experience in caring for people with a range of different needs in the comfort of their own homes.
How can live-in care improve the quality of my loved one’s life?
Being able to stay as independent as possible and making their own decisions in a familiar environment often motivates people to do more by themselves. Rather than sitting and waiting for assistance, as can often be the case in care homes, your loved one will be able to continue with the physical activities that they currently enjoy.
Perhaps they would like to get out in the garden with support from their live-in carer, or maybe go for short walks around the neighbourhood. Our carers will encourage them to remain active where they can and will be there to ensure that they stay safe when they go out.
How does live-in care in East Lothian work?
A care plan will be created for your loved one by Elder. This will be tailored to their own unique needs, so every care plan is different. The live-in carer will provide the assistance and support with personal care that is needed each day and will also help with domestic tasks such as cleaning, shopping and laundry where required.
If your loved one enjoys certain activities, then the carer will support them to continue with these but if they can no longer manage alone with certain tasks then the carer will be happy to help.You may be worried about your loved one’s diet, so having a live-in carer who can cook nutritionally balanced meals for them and encourage them to eat and drink regularly can make a real difference to their welfare.
Many of East Lothian’s older people’s services are provided at Roodlands Hospital in Haddington. If your loved one is a car owner and needs to attend appointments, then their live-in carer will be able to chauffeur them. Otherwise they could accompany them on hospital transport or in a taxi to any clinics that they need to go to. If prescriptions require collection from local services, such as Bankton Pharmacy in Prestonpans, then the live-in carer will also deal with this.
If your loved one’s condition changes, then their care plan will be updated to incorporate any changes in care that become necessary.
How can a live-in carer enhance my elderly relative’s life?
Needing 24/7 care should not mean the end of enjoying life outside the home and a live-in carer will be able to support your loved one to continue doing the things that they enjoy.
East Lothian has a great deal to offer elderly people, and your relative may enjoy a trip out to the coast, perhaps visiting Dirleton Castle at North Berwick. The grounds are beautiful and easily accessible, although parts of the castle itself can present difficulties to anyone with mobility problems. There are many museums in the region too, including Musselburgh museum, where different exhibitions are hosted regularly.
If your relative enjoys shopping, a trip to Edinburgh and a visit to Jenners department store might be a fun day out, especially close to Christmas when the lights are twinkling.
What is the cost of live-in care?
Elder’s charge for live-in care is £895 per week. This is a flat rate with no hidden fees and can work out at up to thirty percent less than a care home. If care is needed for an elderly couple, then the potential saving is even greater.
Why choose Elder?
You can be confident that Elder provides the highest standards of long-term elderly care at home. Your loved one will benefit from the support of a carer who has been carefully chosen for them with the aim of building up a supportive and friendly relationship.
If you would like to find out more about how Elder could support your loved one, speak to our friendly care advisors today.