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When day-to-day living begins to feel like a struggle, many older people will have to decide whether they want to move into a residential care home or look for alternative forms of care. For the majority, receiving care at home from a dedicated live-in carer is the best option available. This enables them to remain in a familiar environment and to enjoy a sense of independent living, but with all the companionship, care and support they need.
Elder works across the county of Hampshire, providing bespoke care-at-home packages for elderly residents. With a tailor-made in-home care package from Elder, your loved one could stay in familiar surroundings and will not have to face the distress and upheaval that so often comes with moving into a care home.
What is live-in care?
With a private care package, a live-in carer is matched to your loved one to provide both companionship and the 24/7 care they need to remain in their own home. When you first approach Elder, we will sit down with you, your loved one and any medical professionals already involved in their care, and discuss their level of need and expectations from a live-in care package.
We can then find a caregiver with the appropriate skillset to meet your loved one’s requirements, so, for example, if they need specialist dementia or Alzheimer’s care, we can match them with an individual who has received expert training in this field. Your loved one’s caregiver then helps out with whatever daily tasks your relative requests, including household management jobs such as light cleaning and gardening, laundry, grocery shopping and preparing and cooking meals.
They will also undertake personal care tasks such as helping your loved one to wash, get to the toilet, dress or move into and out of bed, providing however much assistance they might need.
How does Elder choose caregivers?
Our caregivers are all carefully selected and well-qualified, and we carry out all the necessary background checks, and administrative work that goes into employing a caregiver, so you don’t have to. Many of our carers have specialist training in dementia care, Alzheimer’s care and caring for those with other medical conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease.
We will always try to match your loved one with a caregiver who shares at least some of their likes, dislikes, hobbies and interests, to ensure they are compatible and both will enjoy the time they spend together. In many cases, you will see a genuine and deep bond of friendship develop between the carer and care recipient, which is so important at a time of life when many people can begin to feel lonely and isolated.
We provide live-in care in Hampshire and the surrounding areas
Our live-in care services can start within as little as 24 hours in the county of Hampshire. At Elder we pride ourselves of delivering the highest standard of live-in care across the UK.
What our customers say
“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.”
What sort of care packages does Elder offer?
Our care packages are flexible and can be adapted to suit your loved one’s level of need. We understand that circumstances can change over time and our live-in carers may need to take on additional responsibilities at a later date, so we’re always on hand to review your relative’s care plan, whenever they wish.
As well as being able to provide long-term care arrangements, Elder can also provide more short-term or temporary care solutions. These are particularly useful if you are the primary carer for your relative and feel you need a short break, or if your loved one has suffered a fall or stroke and requires support for the duration of their convalescence. Most of the time, we can arrange a care package at short notice, which can be a good way to avoid having to find an emergency care home place if your relative is being discharged from hospital and cannot return home.
Can my loved one afford private live-in care?
You may be surprised to discover that a live-in care package with Elder can be up to 30 percent cheaper than funding a place in a residential care home. If your loved one qualifies for financial support from Hampshire Council, you can lower the costs further, so it is always a good idea to approach your local council and ask them for advice and assessment.
What are the advantages over a care home in Hampshire?
There are several advantages to receiving care at home over care in a residential home. However well-trained and caring they might be, staff in a care home have to divide their limited time between large numbers of residents and cannot provide the same level of high-quality, one-to-one care which your loved one would experience from a live-in care worker.
Receiving care at home, your loved one has a full say over what time they get up and go to bed, when and where they eat their meals, what they would like to eat and how they fill their time during the day.
Our caregivers work in pairs on rotation, alternating in a two-week shift pattern, so your loved one only ever sees a familiar face, rather than the multiple different members of staff they might meet over the course of a day in a residential home. This is particularly comforting for those with dementia, who might be made anxious and upset by a stranger carrying out intimate personal care tasks.
Elder is one of the most highly-regarded providers of home care and we have worked in the Hampshire region for many years. With a care package from Elder, you can ensure your loved one continues to live safely and happily in their own home for as long as they want. For more information on the services we can provide, please contact our team today.
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 Hampshire: Useful Resources
This fantastic independent local charity provides a listening ear, befriending services and tailored advice designed to empower the elderly, their families, and their carers.
Address: St George’s House, 18 St George’s Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8BG
Call: 01962 892449
Running regular support groups, clinics and hubs, the trust also advocates for and provides tailored advice and guidance to carers across Hampshire.
Address: Andover War Memorial Hospital, Charlton Road, Andover, SP10 3LB
Call: 01264 835246
This valuable service provides training and learning opportunities and crisis support and offers actionable support and advice designed to empower carers.
Address: Meon House, Rear of 189 Portswood Road, Southampton, SO17 2NF
Call: 023 80582387
The council website provides a range of information and advice for carers, including how to access the right support and how to obtain accurate financial advice.
Address: The Castle, Winchester, SO23 8UJ
Call: 0300 5551390
This charity provides training, runs support and social groups and offers valuable personalised advice for carers across the county.
Address: 9 Love Lane, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 8DE
Call: 01794 519495
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