If you are considering how best to provide the type of care your elderly relative needs, you don’t have to face the upheaval of moving them into a care home. The majority of elderly people express a preference for remaining in their own home if this is at all possible.
With the right kind of support, your loved one could enjoy life in familiar surroundings, even if they have reached the stage of needing long-term care.
What makes live-in care preferable to a care home in Kilmarnock?
A live-in care service such as Elder’s can give you the peace of mind you need, knowing that your loved one is happy in their own home but has all the care and support they need twenty-four hours a day.
Rather than being one of many residents in a care home, your elderly relative could benefit from one to one attention from a live-in carer who can also provide companionship and support with social activities and domestic tasks.
Elderly people can find change stressful and upsetting. They may not want to move away from the home they love and the community where they are in frequent contact with friends and neighbours. Live-in care can help them to maintain their current way of life and carry on enjoying their favourite hobbies and activities.
Elder’s carers throughout Kilmarnock and in nearby places such as Crosshouse, Gatehead and Kilmaurs can move into the house with your loved one and provide the care they need on a day to day basis.
This can include complex care solutions that may be needed for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or companion care for an elderly person who is lonely and requires a lower level of support.
Whatever your loved one’s needs, Elder’s carers are experienced and trained in providing a high level of care. You can be confident that your loved one will benefit from both excellent care and the familiar environment they love.
How will live-in care improve my loved one’s life in Kilmarnock?
Your loved one’s specific requirements will be discussed with you, and a unique care plan will be developed, detailing how their needs will be met. Your loved one is likely to remain more active, both physically and mentally, in the familiar environment of their own home.
They may like to undertake some physical activities, such as gardening, with support from their live-in carer or take other forms of exercise that are beneficial to their health. Our live-in carers are aware of the importance of promoting exercise to keep elderly people active and will encourage and support them as far as they can.
If your loved one is one of the many elderly people who have pets, they will be able to continue to experience the health benefits that are often associated with owning pets. These include lower stress levels and improved blood pressure. The carer will help to look after pets, ensuring that they are fed regularly if your loved one is no longer able to take responsibility for them.
What are the advantages of live-in care in Kilmarnock?
Your loved one will be supported as they continue enjoying life in their community. If they want to get out and about, our carers will accompany them to the places they choose to visit, either chauffeuring them if they have their own car, or accompanying them in a taxi.
There are many interesting places to visit in and around Kilmarnock. They may enjoy a trip to Overton Farm Nursery and Garden Centre in the company of their live-in carer. Dean Castle Country Park is another favourite with its lovely woodland walks and attractive tea room.
On colder days there are plenty of indoor venues such as the Dick Institute museum and art gallery which also houses the central library. When your loved one is accompanied by their live-in carer, you can be confident that they can safely enjoy local facilities and visits to friends in the area.
What will a live-in carer do for my loved one?
Depending on the needs of your loved one, the live-in carer will do whatever is needed to enable them to enjoy the best quality of life they can. This may involve support in different areas of personal care such as mobility, managing continence, or ensuring that they stay safe and take their prescribed medication appropriately.
The live-in carer can also assist with domestic duties around the home, preparing and serving meals, ensuring the laundry is up to date, shopping and cleaning. The specifics depend upon the requirements of your loved one.
They may need support with accessing health care at services such as the University Hospital, Crosshouse and their live-in carer will accompany them to appointments as required.
If prescriptions need to be collected from local independent outlets such as Deans Pharmacy, the carer will also ensure that this is done. They will also assist with any other health-related matters including arranging private chiropody appointments at clinics such as the Riverbank Clinic on the town’s outskirts.
What is the cost of Elder’s live-in care service?
The inclusive cost of live-in care from Elder is £795 per week. This can work out at around thirty percent less than the price of a care home place. And if you are looking for care for an elderly couple, the saving is even more considerable.
Elder provides an excellent live-in care service by ensuring that all carers are paid good rates, thus attracting and retaining the best staff.
If you would like to find out what Elder could offer your loved one, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.