At Elder, we pride ourselves on offering the highest standards of private live-in care across Reading, allowing your elderly loved one to remain in the comfort of their own home.

Reading is a large town on the Thames and Kennet rivers with plenty of shops and riverside restaurants to keep your loved one happy. The Reading Museum contains exhibits on the town’s history and displays a Victorian replica of the Bayeux Tapestry.

The ruins of the 12th-century Reading Abbey lie beside Forbury Gardens, a Victorian formal garden. Whatever your loved one wants to do and wherever they want to go, your live-in carer will be happy to chaperone them and provide companionship.

The advantages of live-in care in Reading

Few elderly people would actively choose to move into residential care, as the thought of leaving their familiar environment is upsetting and distressing. Moving into a care home is especially stressful for those with dementia and Alzheimer’s whose conditons often deteriorate in the strange environment of a care home.

Care homes cannot offer the same level of care that a live-in carer can due to the limited amount of time they are able to spend with each person. A one-on-one carer can devote all of their time to your loved one and tailor their care sepifically to their individual needs. Changing shift patterns in care homes mean that your loved one cannot bond with their carers. Live-in carers work on a rota with one other carer so that your loved one will become familiar with them and form a bond.

Thanks to Elder’s private live-in care packages, your loved one can remain in their own home, without the distress of moving into a care home. They can continue to go about their familiar routines, surrounded by the things and the people that they know and love.

If your loved one has pets, leaving them behind to go into a care home can be extremely upsetting. Your loved one’s live-in carer will be more than happy to help with looking after their pets, i.e. taking their dog for a walk. Having pets can be a powerful calming influence on the eldely and is proven to decrease stress and anxiety.

Who can benefit?

Elder provides private care solutions for the elderly in Reading who need assistance in the home. From a permanent live-in arrangement through to respite care if you and your family need a break, an Elder caregiver gives you peace of mind that your loved one is safe and well looked after in your absence. You can relax in the knowledge that the caregiver is trained and experienced handling any problems, ensuring your loved one is safe and happy.

Most of our home care specialists have training in looking after elderly people with complex needs, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s care. They can cope with challenging behaviour. For example, if your loved one has dementia, our carers are experiences in diffusing difficult attributes often associated with the condition.

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

Our skilled and compassionate carers in and around Reading can get started with you in as little as 24 hours.

What does a live-in carer do?

An Elder live-in carer can provide as much or as little assistance as your loved one requires. We find that many of our care recipients enjoy doing household tasks themselves, in which case the caregiver will take a step back and allow them the freedom to do as much, or as little, as they wish.

From assistance with household tasks to help with personal care, such as dressing, bathing and toileting, the caregiver is always on hand to help where it is needed. The carer will dispense medication, organise medical appointments and ensure that your loved one eats a healthy and nutritious diet.

Loneliness can be common for elderly people, but a live-in carer means that your loved one is never short of someone with whom to chat. The carer can organise shopping trips and outings, so if your elderly relative suddenly fancies a walk to the park or a trip to a coffee shop, for example, the carer can accommodate this. Social outings and events can be arranged, ensuring that your loved one can lead a fulfilling and active life.

What makes Elder special?

We are passionate about providing the highest standards of elderly care. We take the time to match the interests of the care recipient to the caregiver, ensuring plenty of common ground to foster a comfortable and friendly working relationship. In fact, many of our carers go on to form strong bonds of friendship with their care recipients and families, which makes a live-in carer seem less intrusive in daily life.

We are always happy to discuss our private care packages with absolutely no obligation, so call us today, or contact us online, to find out how quickly we can arrange a caregiver for your loved one.

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 Reading: Useful Resources

Reading Council Adult Care and Support Services

Signposting to all council delivered services and partner organisations for older people, including housing, healthcare, independent living, wellbeing, social opportunities and more.


Call: 0118 937 3747

Crossroads Care Reading

Charity that works to support carers and the people that they look after, with practical support, day centres and activities, training, grants, respite care and more.

Address: 14 Albury Close, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1BD

Call: 0118 945 4209

Berkshire Carers

Help and support for carers in Reading and surrounding areas. Plenty of information about support and services on offer, as well as befriending, carer events, social opportunities and more.


Address: Reading Bridge House, George Street, Reading RG1 8LS

Call: 0118 324 7333

Carers Trust in Reading

Support, training and wellbeing services for carers, including respite breaks, products, grants, social connections and information about activities and day centres.


Address: UNIT 14, Albury Close, Reading, Berkshire, RG30 1BD

Call: 0118 3247333

The Maples Day Centre

Adult day centre for older adults and for those with disabilities. Offers healthcare, social and learning opportunities as well as meals and friendship.


Address: Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ

Call: 0118 9374525 



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What our customers say

 “It is reassuring to know that my father is being cared for by someone who understands his needs and his dementia symptoms.” –Patricia, Norwich