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What is live-in care?
If you have an elderly relative who seems to need more help than you can provide in order to remain in their own home, then live-in care might be a suitable option. Rather than requiring your loved one to adapt to a new routine in unfamiliar surroundings, a live-in carer will move into their home, assisting them at any time of the day or night, ensuring that they are safe and comfortable at all times.
Would live-in care suit my loved one in Perthshire better than a care home?
Whether your relative lives in Perth, Dunkeld or Coupar Angus, they are likely to have built up a network of friends and neighbours in their local area, and forged a place for themselves within their local community. Moving into residential care would mean leaving these friends behind, creating a deep sense of loss.
Yet by moving a live-in carer into their home, you do away with the need to start over, making new friends and adapting to the new routines of institutional care. Instead, your loved one can continue to enjoy their current lifestyle, with the carer lending a helping hand wherever it is required.
Moving out of the family home and into a care home can be distressing for all concerned, not least your loved one, who must go through all of their most treasured possessions trying to downsize their life so that they can fit everything into one room. Employing a live-in caregiver means that there’s no need to part with anything – your loved one continues to live exactly as they always have done, but with a carer on hand to offer support and companionship.
Many Elder care recipients have gardens that they have lovingly tended for many years. They may struggle to complete all the necessary outdoor chores, but the carer will happily lend a hand, if this is something that your relative feels they would like some help with. Equally, if your loved one has a pet, the carer will help out as needed with feeding, grooming and exercising the animal, as well as taking it to the local vet for routine treatments.
What does a live-in carer in Perthshire do?
A live-in carer’s role is to support their care recipient whenever help is needed. Sometimes, the biggest problem facing an elderly person is loneliness, particularly if they have lost a spouse and are struggling to cope on their own.
Elder carers are matched as closely as possible to their care recipients, to ensure that they will have plenty of things in common, as we find that this helps both parties to settle into the arrangement very quickly. The carer will encourage your loved one to get out and about, whether that’s going for a stroll in Tay Forest Park, or heading to St John’s Shopping Centre in Perth for some retail therapy.
Perhaps your loved one has dementia, or some other form of progressive disease that makes it difficult for them to manage alone. Elder carers can help in a huge variety of ways around the home, from undertaking household chores such as cleaning, polishing and dusting, through to performing personal care tasks, such as helping your relative to bathe and dress. Because the carer lives in your loved one’s home, they are on hand throughout the night too, able to lend a hand if your relative needs help at any time.
All Elder carers are trained in emergency procedures, so you won’t ever have to lie awake at night worrying about whether your relative might have fallen over, or left the gas hob on, or forgotten to lock their door before bed.
From arranging medical appointments at your loved one’s local GP surgery, Perth Royal Infirmary or Murray Royal Hospital, to assisting with medications at appropriate times throughout the day, the carer will put your loved one’s safety and comfort first, ensuring that they are comfortable and happy.
We provide live-in care in Perthshire and throughout Scotland
Elder’s live-in carers throughout Perthshire are committed to providing the best possible care for your loved one in the comfort of their own home.
What our customers say
“The security and patience of live-in care has meant my mother has relaxed and her general disposition has improved to no end.”
How much does live-in care in Perthshire cost?
Live-in care provides your loved one with round-the-clock support and assistance from one single caregiver, which is something that no residential home is able to match. With this level of personal care and attention, it would be reasonable to assume that the cost would far exceed the fees of a care home, but this is not actually the case.
In fact, Elder care costs around 30% less than the average care home’s fees, although the savings can be even greater where a caregiver is looking after a couple, rather than just one individual.
Elder care is charged at £950 per week, and you won’t ever find any unexpected costs turning up on your invoice, as the service is charged at just one flat rate. This allows you to plan your care budget for your relative without having to consider any hidden charges.
Where can I find out more about Elder care?
Deciding on a long-term care solution for an elderly loved one isn’t something that can be rushed, and at Elder, we understand the difficulties that our clients face when making such a decision. That’s why we have a team of friendly and helpful customer care advisors on hand, 7 days a week, waiting to answer your calls.
We’re always delighted to talk about all aspects of our live-in care service, answering all of your questions and addressing any concerns that you might have, so that you can make the most informed decision about your loved one’s care needs.
Duclie’s care story
In this short video, Dulcie and her family explain her reasons for choosing Elder live-in care. They discuss how live-in care has allowed her to stay independent in her own home while making a new friend at the same time.
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