What is live-in care?

At Elder, we provide compassionate and affordable live-in care for the elderly, in and around Canterbury, helping members of the older generation to live a happy and comfortable life in the comfort of their own homes.

Elder provides trained caregivers who offer 24/7 live-in care assistance for the elderly in their own homes, or in your home if your relative has moved in with you. Such support provides a practical and generally preferred alternative to residential care which avoids the stress and upheaval that a move into the unfamiliarity of a care home can cause.

There is no need for your loved one to go through much-loved possessions, choosing what to keep and what to part with, as they would likely have to do if they moved into a residential care home. Thanks to our elderly care-at-home packages, your loved one can retain their much-loved treasures and mementoes.

How can live-in care benefit my loved one?

Elder supply compassionate and capable caregivers to any elderly person in need of an extra pair of hands around the home. Some of our care recipients require a short period of assistance, perhaps after surgery, for example, providing help with cleaning, shopping, cooking and medication.

In some cases, where an elderly loved one resides at home with you, a live-in carer provides companion care throughout the day while you are at work. Some families use our services when they go on holiday, to provide a short period of respite care without interrupting the daily routine.

Most of our families request that a caregiver moves into their loved one’s home on a permanent basis, offering help and support day and night, as required.

What are the benefits of care in the home?

Your loved one may have spent many happy years living an independent life in their own home. They will have built up friendships with neighbours and other people in and around Canterbury and will likely be reluctant to move into residential care with strange faces around them.

Elderly people tend to be happier remaining in their own home as they are able to continue with the daily activities that they have performed all of their life i.e. gardening. They may have hobbies such as fishing, which they would not be able to continue with in a care home.

By employing a caregiver to move into their home, you will find that your loved one can continue with their lifestyle, which has a profound impact on their wellbeing and happiness. Being among their own much-loved possessions and in familiar surroundings allows them to maintain a level of independent living, but with the knowledge that a 24-hour live-in carer is on hand to provide help wherever and whenever it’s needed.

We provide live-in care in Canterbury and the surrounding areas

What does an Elder live-in carer do?

At Elder, we carefully match the caregiver to the care recipient, as we find this helps form a strong bond. We take into account your loved one’s personality, hobbies and interests, and we do our very best to pair them with a carer who will believe they will become friends with.

Your live-in carer will make sure that all prescriptions are ordered and collected, and that your loved one takes their medications as directed by their medical advisers. They will arrange medical appointments, and accompany your relative on trips or visits anywhere at anytime.

If your loved one requires dementia care, we have carers who specialise in this type of care, who are familiar with dealing with the personality attributes associated with the condition. At Elder, we only hire highly trained staff and ensure that those we assign to your loved one are capable of handling any situations that may arise. For example, if your loved one lives with Alzheimer’s, we will ensure that we assign a carer with experience in dealing with this situation.

Knowing that your loved one is safe, secure, well-nourished and in good hands provides peace of mind for the whole family. This means that you can relax and enjoy their company, without worrying about cooking for them or cleaning their house. Should your relative’s needs increase over time, the caregiver will draw up a new care plan to meet these changing requirements.

Elder is always happy to answer any questions or queries you may have, so contact us for a no-obligation chat, and discover the difference that Elder care could make for you and your family.

Real life story: Colin and Dulcie’s story

Dulcie is 102-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for over two years.

We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman – and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.

Care in Canterbury: Useful Resources

Carers’ Support – Canterbury, Dover & Thanet

This registered charity provides a range of information and services for carers, including access to a support worker, drop-in sessions and social events.

Email: support@carers-doverdistrict.org

Address: 80 Middle Street, Deal, Kent CT14 6HL

Call: 01304 364637

Age UK Canterbury

This local branch of the national charity provides a wide range of resources and support on its site, as well as running regular events, including a day centre.

Email: info@ageukcanterbury.org.uk

Address: Castle Row, Canterbury CT1 2QY

Call: 01227 462368

Canterbury City Council

This site is a useful source of information on the social services provided by Kent County Council and the financial support available to carers.

Email: communications@canterbury.gov.uk

Address: Military Road, Canterbury CT1 1YW

Call: 01227 862000

Canterbury Dementia Action Alliance

Part of the wider Dementia Friendly Kent organisation, the alliance offers local support and information, as well as holding regular events.

Email: dementiafriendlykent@kent.gov.uk

Address: County Hall, Maidstone ME14 1XX

Call: 0800 5003014

Canterbury Northgate Ward Community Centre

As well as hosting a wide range of activities, the centre is home to the Over 60’s Community Service, which runs a regular lunch club and offers other support service.

Email: info@northgatewardcommunitycentre.co.uk

Address: Military Road Canterbury CT1 1YX

Call: 01227 456616



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“Judith is absolutely lovely and you could see the fantastic relationship she has with my mum. My mum’s smile nearly lit up the whole house when Judith arrived.”

– Alison, Edinburgh