If one or both of your parents need full-time care, you might think the obvious solution is for them to go into a care home. Fortunately, there is a much better alternative in the form of live-in care from Elder. Not only are older people much happier in their own homes, this type of elderly support is surprisingly affordable.
What is Live-in Care?
Your loved one receives all the care and support they need from a carer who will move into their home with them and be on hand, 24-hours a day. A live-in carer will help with any personal care tasks that the older person finds difficult, but also assist with a range of everyday tasks in the home. They might do the laundry, go shopping, collect a prescription from the pharmacy, prepare meals and help with cleaning. If your loved one prefers to remain more independent, the carer can be as involved as is needed, leaving it to the individual to decide what assistance they require.
The companionship that this type of care allows may be particularly important for older people living alone. Companion care can provide emotional support in many different situations, and because there is always someone in the house at night, many older people feel safer and more secure in their own home. Live-in care also provides you and other family members with much-needed peace of mind, especially if you live some distance away from your loved one or have other commitments that mean you are unable to be with them as much as you would like.
How are Elder’s live-in carers selected?
Elder’s carers in Shropshire apply online initially and if their experience, training and qualifications are acceptable, they will then undertake a care test. Carers who successfully complete this attend a face-to-face interview and we thoroughly check any relevant paperwork. Successful candidates undergo comprehensive background checks to ensure that they are suitable people to care for your loved one. These include an enhanced DBS or CRB. Elder also ensures that they are legally entitled to work in the UK. Our carers all have good English language skills and we choose them for personal qualities such as compassion and understanding.
With Elder there are no hidden fees for this type of elderly care. The cost per week can be up to 30 per cent cheaper than a place in many care homes or nursing homes in Shropshire. If you are arranging care at home for both your parents the cost benefits are even more apparent because Elder’s fees work out at much less than the cost of two care home beds.
Contact Elder and find out details of our payment process, which has been designed to make paying the fees as trouble-free as possible.
Who needs this type of care?
Anyone in Shropshire who needs full-time care and wants to stay in their own home can benefit from having a live-in carer from Elder. Our carers are trained to care for people with many different health conditions including dementia, Parkinson’s disease and strokes. We can help, whatever your loved one’s care needs. Some carers are also able to assist with procedures such as PEG feeding or provide specialist continence care.
What happens when the carer needs time off?
Elder’s carers usually work on a rotational basis with one other carer. One carer would be on duty for two weeks and then have two weeks off while the other takes over. Because they are both with your loved one for so long, they can build up a strong bond and know exactly how your loved one likes to live their life.
Care for couples
Round-the-clock care at home is the ideal solution for couples. They can receive the help they require and are able to stay together, despite differences in their care needs. This is so important to many older people who may have been together for more than half a century and would be really distressed if they were separated at this stage in their life. Sometimes one member of a couple will need dementia care and the other spouse needs extra support to cope with this. A trained and experienced live-in carer from Elder can support both your parents to enjoy the best quality of life they can. The cost benefits for couples are also well worth considering, with Elder’s costs being considerably less than those of two beds in a residential care home.
Care for your loved one’s individual circumstances
With Elder, care at home can be flexible. You may want to arrange for a live-in carer to provide support for your loved one while a family carer is away on holiday for a couple of weeks, and this can easily be arranged. If your loved one has been in hospital they may need extra care and support for a few weeks until they get back on their feet, so a live-in carer from Elder may be the answer. For most people, however, this type of care in the person’s own home is the best way to enable them to live with as much freedom and independence as possible on a long-term basis. Being able to make choices in all areas of life, including which of their favourite activities to enjoy, and remaining an active part of the local community, means that your loved one can happily remain in the comfort of their own Shropshire home.