Getting older and needing a little more help is inevitable, but what happens when the help an elderly relative needs become more than just ‘a little’? This is the question faced by many when they realise that their family member is no longer coping on their own. In these cases, many people feel that they have no choice but to start looking for a care or nursing home place for their elderly loved one.
This is certainly not a decision to be made lightly, as it means uprooting your loved one from their home and moving them to an unfamiliar place in which they have less room for treasured possessions.
A better care solution in Bicester
Luckily, a care home is not the only available option. You can help to ensure that your loved one receives all the help that they need without needing to leave their own home or familiar local area. Elder’s live-in care service is available to people living in Bicester, as well as nearby villages, such as Wendlebury and Caversfield, providing high-quality, full-time care in your loved one’s own home.
A live-in carer from Elder will move in with your loved one, so that they are on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Live-in carers usually work in conjunction with another carer on a system that often follows a two-week rotation, so that your loved one will have plenty of opportunity to get to know their carers well and will receive great continuity of care. This is a huge benefit as it means that they are able to build trust and have a proper friendship with their carers, something that cannot be matched by a care home.
Live-in carers provide not just practical care but also companionship, which helps to boost your loved one’s mental health and prevent issues such as feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety.
What type of care is available?
We are all different, with differing likes, dislikes and needs, so it follows that any care plan formulated should be highly individual. This is exactly how Elder’s care plans work. Elder ensures that we match each carer to the care recipient very carefully, so that they share interests and are able to get along well, so that whatever your loved one’s needs, they are looked after. Many of our clients have loved ones with complex issues, including Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Elder’s live-in carers can provide support and supervision for those who are still active and mobile but who may be at risk of harm if left to cope alone. With live-in care from Elder you won’t have to worry that your loved one has become disorientated and lost, for example, or that they’ve started cooking a meal for themselves but have forgotten to switch off the gas. A live-in carer from Elder will ensure that your loved one is safe at all times, whilst still helping them to keep doing the things that they love and enjoy.
Other care that could be undertaken by the live-in carer from Elder could include taking over responsibility for light household chores, such as help with the cooking and cleaning. Many of our care recipients also need help with the collection of medication or require reminders of which medication should be taken and when. A live-in carer can provide this type of support, collecting prescriptions from the Boots on Sheep Street, for example, if that’s where your loved one has always gone, or taking them along for a review at Montgomery House Surgery, if required.
If your loved one needs help with personal care, such as choosing and dressing in appropriate clothing or help with maintaining personal hygiene, then their live-in carer will be able to provide all the support that is needed. Care plans are carefully developed to suit each individual’s requirements and are reviewed frequently to ensure that the care received is always appropriate, so your loved one’s changing needs will always be addressed.
Staying active and independent in Bicester
A live-in carer is also there to help your loved one maintain important links to social activities whenever possible, or to help find new ones as needs change. If your loved one has always enjoyed a wander around Bicester Village for a bit of window shopping, then their live-in carer will help them to continue this wherever possible.
Links to social clubs such as Bicester Bowls or the Bicester Floral Club are supported and encouraged to help your loved one retain a positive outlook on life and to have fun. Friends living close by can be visited, or a trip to the dreaming spires of Oxford may be possible.
Live-in care is a great alternative to a traditional care home and the price for your loved one’s one-on-one care compares favourably with the cost of care home fees of £895. Not only can your loved one stay in their own home, surrounded by the things that they have spent many years accumulating, but you can also rest easy in the knowledge that they are receiving the very best in care and companionship during this stage in their life.
There is a friendly team of care advisors ready to take your call, anytime between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week, so why not pick up the phone and find out more about how Elder’s live-in care service could benefit your elderly family member?