There comes a time in many of our lives when we must consider nursing home care for our parents and loved ones.
This is by no means an easy decision to make, but with full-time jobs, other family commitments, or those living away from their parents, there seems no other choice.
However, more and more people are finding that live-in care provided by a reliable company can make a viable alternative. Not only can high quality, personalised care offer a better quality of home help, but it is often less expensive too.
So if your parent or loved one requires long-term, round the clock care and support, but doesn’t want to leave their own home, a live-in carer is an affordable alternative.
How can I find a good carer in Horley?
Arranging good, reliable live-in care offers a range of benefits. For the care recipient, it means being able to stay in a familiar home and location, and in the same routine. It’s hard to over-emphasise how vital routine and familiarity is to older people, especially those living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
One very important part of this routine is having continuous care provided by a familiar face. However, arranging care can be a daunting prospect. How can you find a good carer to make sure there’s always someone there at all times?
With Elder’s managed service, finding care cover is a worry of the past. Elder covers all aspects of your loved one’s care, from designing a care plan to training and vetting their carers and making sure there is always someone on standby to step up in an emergency if the scheduled carer falls sick or can’t work.
What does a live-in carer do?
As the name suggests, the carer is someone who takes care of every aspect of your loved one’s personal and domestic care.
They don’t take the place of a doctor or nurse, but act as a family member would, making sure medicines are remembered, help with using the bathroom, and washing, cooking, cleaning and, of course, keeping your loved one company.
Our carers are trained professionals and know what to do in an emergency, but offer a calm and comforting non-medical presence on a day to day basis. A live-in carer is also best placed to notice any difference in health or behaviour between doctor’s visits.
Most care recipients accommodate their carer in a spare bedroom or converted room. The carer looks after your loved one in the daytime and is on call at any time throughout the evening. At night, help is just a shout or button press away.
Should the carer take my parent out for walks?
While some older people prefer to stay indoors to keep warm, most enjoy getting out and about.
Enjoying fresh air and new experiences help to keep older people sharp and fit, and Elder carers are well aware of this.
That’s why the carer will encourage your parent or loved one to venture out, on short walks, days out, visits to friends or just into the garden, if they wish.
Horley, and Surrey in general, also has some great amenities and options for days out for older people and wheelchair users. One popular site with some of our care recipients and their carers is the beautiful Guildford Cathedral.
Constructed relatively recently in 1936, this fantastic building is also surprisingly easy to get around. All areas are accessible to disabled visitors, and it’s open every day of the year.
For those seeking the peace of the great outdoors, Riverside Park in Guildford is ideal. This wetland area is full of birds, amphibians and insects, but most importantly, it’s easy to reach, has plenty of parking, and most of it is wheelchair-accessible.
The Grayshott Potter in Hindhead is one of the very few working potteries still left in England. It’s also a great day or morning out for those with reduced mobility. The fully accessible factory gallery serves breakfasts, teas and coffee. Visitors can also take the free tour, called “Journey of the Clay”.
Horley also has plenty of GP surgeries and for many people, particularly for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, keeping a familiar doctor could ease some stress when seeking medical attention. Local doctors are located at the Birchwood Medical Practice, Clerkland’s Surgery and the Wayside Surgery.
How much does live-in care in Horley cost?
While the cost of a nursing home in Surrey may be high, the cost of hiring a live-in carer with Elder is the same nationwide. Elder charges a flat rate for a week of 24/7 care throughout the UK. At £895 per week, all in, Elder guarantees there are no hidden costs.
Plus, you won’t pay more for more acute needs, such as Alzheimer’s care.
Is Elder the best live-in care provider?
Elder is a nationwide, managed service provider of elderly care and the leading UK firm in providing live-in, round the clock care. While some firms can provide an hour or so of care every day, most people living with Alzheimer’s or other serious conditions need much more. They need someone there all the time.
Our customers come to us when they need to arrange the highest quality care without any worries around care coverage, scheduling or cost. With Elder, there will always be a carer available for your loved one, and you will never need to step in to cover care gaps. That’s why our customers recommend us.