For the majority of people in need of support in their older years, care at home is the ideal solution. While moving into a private care home or residential home entails downsizing and considerable upheaval, receiving in-home care allows your loved one to stay in a familiar setting, surrounded by their treasured possessions and memories.
Remaining in their own home with the support of a private live-in carer can help your elderly relative maintain a sense of independent living while giving you peace of mind that they have someone on hand for 24/7 support.
Elder works across the county of Oxfordshire, providing bespoke home care packages which can be tailored to suit your loved one’s needs. Whether your relative requires a few weeks of one-to-one care following a fall or illness or needs more long-term assistance at home, Elder can find a suitable caregiver to provide all the care they require.
With Banbury Museum, Aynhoe House and Park and Broughton Castle and Church on your loved one’s doorstep, they’ll never be lost for things to do. A live-in carer will be more than happy to take your loved one anywhere they want to go, meaning that while they’re living life to the full, you’re gifted with the peace of mind that they’re both happy and well looked after.
Elder provide live-in carers in and around Oxford and the UK. Call us today to speak with one of our friendly Care Advice experts.
What is private live-in care?
Private live-in care from Elder is when a private carer is assigned to your loved one and moves into their home to provide round-the-clock support.
Depending on your loved one’s level of need, the caregiver might assist in a range of supportive tasks, such as helping your relative wash or use the toilet, food shopping, preparing meals and getting them into and out of bed at a time of their choosing. They will also sit down and share meals with your loved one as a form of companionship.
Most of Elder’s live-in carers can drive, so you can add them to your loved one’s car insurance to enable them to drive your loved one to and from appointments or social events, helping them maintain an interesting and varied day-to-day life.
If your loved one has pets that they can no longer look after on their own, our caregivers will be happy to take on this role too. I.e. if your loved one has a dog that needs walking, they’ll be more than happy to help.
How is a carer chosen for my loved one?
Elder believes in offering a personal service to all our clients, which is why we will always try to carefully match your loved one with a carer who shares their hobbies and interests or has a compatible personality. The care we provide is not simply about physical support, but maintaining emotional well-being and offering companionship, that can improve mental health.
If you’re unable to have your elderly relative live with you or to visit them as often as you would like, knowing they have someone with them 24/7 who is both a carer and friend can provide peace of mind.
We carefully select all our carers to ensure we only assign well-qualified and compassionate individuals. If your loved one requires dementia care, we can make sure they receive a carer with all the necessary training. Many of our caregivers have specialist qualifications in Alzheimer’s care, or in caring for those with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and a range of other conditions.
Most elderly people with dementia find the move into a residential home extremely distressing and traumatic. They are often easily frightened and disorientated by seeing many different carers on a day-to-day basis. With a carer living in their home, they are comforted by a familiar face which in turn prevents deterioration of their condition.
Home carers typically work in pairs. Routines will be regular, such as on fortnightly rotation. This means your loved one will always have the continuity of a maximum of two different faces in their home.
How is a care plan created?
A care plan is created based on your loved one’s individual needs and requirements. Their carer will happily take them to any doctors, nurses or other healthcare appointments. It’s important to establish early on what sort of support your loved one requires, particularly if they are in need of dementia care and may not be able to fully express their wishes further down the line, as the condition progresses.
Once a personalised package has been created, a carer that’s suited to your loved one’s needs and requirements will be found as quickly as possible. We can often assign carers at extremely short notice; something that can be particularly important if your relative is soon to be discharged from hospital or facing the prospect of finding an emergency place in a care home.
The care plans provided by Elder are completely tailored to the individual and can be adapted as required at any point. We understand that the level of care your relative requires may well change over time, so our carers are always prepared to adapt and take on additional responsibilities should the need arise.
Can I afford this type of care?
Many people are surprised to learn that the cost of private care packages such as this can be up to 30% cheaper to funding a place in a residential care home. In some instances, the local council may agree to contribute to the cost of this type of care package, if your loved one is deemed eligible for financial support.
Whatever level of care your loved one needs, Elder operates across Oxfordshire and can help create a home care package to suit their requirements. Most elderly people will find that a live-in carer is the best possible option, providing support and companionship and helping them retain a sense of independence for as long as possible.
If you live in Oxfordshire and would like to arrange a consultation or wish to receive more information about our services, please get in touch with Elder today.