What is live-in care?

If you are starting to worry about an elderly relative, concerned that they don’t seem to coping well in their own home, then you are probably considering their long-term care needs. Rather than moving them into residential care, you could employ a dedicated caregiver, who would live in their home alongside them, providing help and support in a variety of ways, making their life easier and more enjoyable.

Would live-in care suit my relative in Dover better than a care home?

Your elderly relative may live in the town of Dover itself, or in one of the neighbouring villages, such as West Hougham, Temple Ewell or Swingate. They are certain to be reluctant to move away from neighbours and friends, some of whom they may have known for many years. Moving into a care home would mean saying goodbye to everything that they know, and embracing a completely different way of life – something that can be difficult to adjust to any age, but even more so for an elderly person who may become confused in new surroundings.

Residential homes are run according to the needs of the majority of residents, which may not suit your loved one, who is accustomed to doing things their own way, and at a time of their choosing.

Although most care homes provide entertainment and organise outings, they are usually unable to accommodate specific spontaneous requests. With a dedicated caregiver, they can action your loved one’s wishes in a matter of moments. If your relative expresses a desire to take in the view from the iconic White Cliffs on a warm day, then their carer will ensure that this is exactly what they do, with no need to fill in risk assessments or seek approval from anyone beforehand.

If your elderly relative has a pet dog or cat, they will be distraught to learn that the majority of residential homes are unable to allow residents to bring animals with them, which means making the painful decision to rehome their pet. Yet an Elder carer understands the important health benefits that caring for an animal brings, and they will happily assist with grooming, feeding and exercising the pet, as well as arranging routine and emergency vet appointments with Burnham House Veterinary Surgery, as necessary.

Many Elder care recipients have gardens that they have tended and nurtured for many years. Even if they are struggling to cope with the outdoors tasks these days, their carer will happily lend a hand to keep your relative’s little patch of Eden in tip-top condition. At Elder, we always strive to match a carer’s interests and hobbies with those of their care recipient, so if gardening is a particular passion for your loved one, then we will endeavour to source a carer who shares their green fingers, as this allows both parties to bond quickly.

Live-in care in Dover and the surrounding area

We provide specialist dementia care, home care and live-in care across the South East of England. Our highly skilled and compassionate carers are committed to providing the best possible care for your loved one.

What tasks will a live-in carer undertake in Dover?

All Elder carers will assist with a variety of household chores, from dusting to bed-making, depending on the health and requirements of their care recipient. Some of our clients seek out a carer primarily for companionship, particularly where a spouse has recently died.

Loneliness is one of the biggest problems facing the older generation, and can quickly lead to a sense of isolation, so simply having another adult presence in the home can help to alleviate the anxiety that comes from spending too much time alone. A companion carer works alongside your loved one in the home, ensuring it is kept neat and tidy, and is always on hand to share in a chat over a cup of tea, or for company on shopping expeditions to St James’ Shopping Centre or De Bradelei Wharf.

Other Elder care recipients have more complex needs, such as help with bathing, dressing and toileting, and in these cases the carer will provide a more intensive level of assistance and support. They will undertake more household duties and do any tasks necessary to ensure the safety and comfort of their charge, whilst encouraging them to get out and about and experience life to the full.

They will accompany your loved one to appointments at Peter Street Surgery, and ensure that prescriptions are maintained at Beggs Pharmacy on Pencester Road.

How much does live-in care in Dover cost?

No care home can possibly match the dedicated 1:1 care that a live-in carer can provide, so it would be reasonable to assume that the cost of live-in care would be more expensive than a care home’s fees. In actual fact, the cost of Elder live-in care, starting at [live-in-price] per week, can be up to 30% cheaper than the average care home’s fees.

How do I find out more about Elder care?

We are absolutely passionate about enabling older people to maintain their dignity and independence, and we are always delighted to speak to interested parties about the service we provide. We understand that deciding upon the appropriate care solution for a loved one is a difficult process, which is why we are always happy to spend as much time as you need in discussing your options.

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.

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