What is live-in care?
At Elder, we provide high-quality and affordable live-in care for the elderly on the Isle of Wight, helping the older generation to remain happy and independent in the comfort of their own homes.
Elder provides professional one-to-one carers who offer 24-hour live-in care assistance, providing help with anything from cooking to advanced dementia care. Such support provides a kinder alternative to residential care and avoids the stress and upset that a move to a care home can cause an elderly loved one.
A move into one of the care homes on the Isle of Wight means that your loved one has to go through their much-loved possessions and memories, which can be very distressing. Thanks to our 24\7 care-at-home packages, your loved one can keep their much-loved treasures and mementoes, which can help with retaining memories and improving overall mental health.
Live-in care overview
Many are surprised to discover that the cost of private care packages such as Elder’s can be up to 30% cheaper to funding a place in a residential care home. If you opt for this type of in-home care on the Isle of Wight, Elder will work to select the ideal carer for your loved one.
In addition to choosing a caregiver with the appropriate attributes and experience, they will also match them with the care recipient according to other factors such as personality, interests and background.
The live-in carer will move into your loved one’s home provide all the support they need, wherever it is needed. As well as providing help with personal care, the carer will also offer domestic support. Meal preparation, laundry, shopping and housework can all be encompassed in your live-in care package, making this a cost-effective way to support your loved one in remaining as independent as possible in their own familiar environment.
Another benefit to 24-hour care is that it can enable your loved one to continue with their favourite activities and hobbies. The carer can also support your loved one in social activities and help them to remain in contact with friends, neighbours and family members.
Carers usually operate on a rota basis with one other carer, i.e. two weeks on/two weeks off. This arrangement ensures that your loved one benefits from continuity to ensure that your loved one is as comfortable as possible, by receiving help from a familiar face. Getting to know your loved one well helps the one-to-one carer to provide the best, tailored care possible. Because of the amount of time that the live-in carer will spend with your loved one, they will get to know they very well, which includes their likes and dislikes.
Elderly care is often as much about companionship as physical help. If your loved one is lonely and living by themselves but does not want to face the upheaval and constraints that moving into a care home would involve, the companionship provided by a 24-hour carer is invaluable.
The reassurance of knowing that there is always someone in the house to provide 24/7 assistance can make a real difference to both your own and your loved one’s quality of life. This reassurance also extends to other family members who may previously have worried that their relative might be at risk of harm when they were alone, i.e tripping or falling when going to the toilet during the night.
What does a live-in carer do?
At Elder, we pride ourselves on our ability to match our carers to your loved one. We take into account your loved one’s personality, hobbies and interests, and we endeavour to provide them with a carer who will be compatible. We find that this allows the carer to blend seamlessly into the home without causing any disruption, and guarantees that both parties will have plenty in common to form a strong bond of friendship.
The carer will do as much, or as little, as required so your loved one doesn’t feel like they’re losing their independence. Your live-in carer can help with anything from support with housework, shopping, outings and meal preparation, through to personal care such as help with bathing and dressing.
The caregiver also makes sure that prescriptions are ordered and collected, and that your loved one takes their medications as directed by their medical advisers. In addition, they can arrange hospital appointments, and accompany your relative on trips to visit family and friends.
There are endless things for your loved one to do on the Isle of Wight. With chalky white towering stacks stretching out into the English Channel, secluded sandy beaches lapped with clear water and looked over from timeless villages, the Isle of Wight is postcard perfect.
Your loved one can follow the royal footsteps of Charles I and Henry VIII to the island castles or travel back two millennia to Roman villa ruins. With the help of their live-in carer, they can visit the private beach of Queen Victoria, Osbourne House, The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, Shanklin Theatre and Bembridge Lifeboat Station.
If your loved one requires dementia care, we have experienced who can provide you with the level of care needed. At Elder, we only employ highly experienced staff who can cope with the extra demands that dementia and Alzheimer’s can place on them. Elder carers are familiar with traits such as forgetfulness so are familiar with checking that cookers and irons are turned off and that your loved one hasn’t wandered off.
Knowing that your loved one is safe, comfortable, well-nourished and in good hands provides peace of mind for the whole family. It means that you can relax and enjoy their company, without worrying about ironing and other household chores that are taken care of by your loved one’s live-in carer. Should your relative’s needs increase over time, the carer will provide more help as required and alter the care plan to suit the new needs.
We are always happy to discuss your individual requirements for care in the home and offer a tailored care package, so contact us for a no-obligation chat, and discover the difference that Elder care could make for all the family.