What does live-in care involve?
When you believe that an elderly relative is not coping well in their own home, your thoughts will doubtless turn to the question of their long-term care. Many conclude solving a loved one’s long term care means looking for a care home. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
A great alternative is to arrange for a carer to move into your relative’s home. They live alongside your loved one, providing support and assistance at any time of the day and night, to ensure they are always safe and comfortable. Live-in carers can provide anything from simple companion care, if your loved one is lonely or feeling isolated, through to dementia care, for people who struggle to cope with personal tasks such as personal hygiene, bathing and dressing.
Which is better - live-in care in Slough or a care home?
Whether your elderly relative lives in Slough itself, or one of the surrounding villages, such as Stoke Poges, Burnham or George Green, they are likely to be resistant to the idea of moving away from the neighbours and friends in their local area.
Perhaps they are experiencing memory problems, and would struggle to cope in a new environment, or they may have an active social life based around the area they live, such as regular meetings to the South Bucks Bridge Club, for example.
When a live-in carer moves into your loved one’s home, they’re able to enjoy all of their favourite pastimes and activities, while getting the support they need.
Care homes need to ensure the safety of all of their residents, so spontaneous outings aren’t generally possible. For older people, used to their own independence, this is hard to understand, particularly if they enjoy the outdoors. An Elder live-in carer can help your loved one to get out and about whenever they wish, meaning their care doesn’t come at the sacrifice of their freedom.
Many Elder care recipients have a pet, which not only brings them great comfort, but recent evidence suggests actually can contribute to positive health outcomes, such as lower blood pressure. A move into residential care would mean parting with these much-loved animals. With a live-in carer, there is no need for such a heartbreaking decision. The carer will assist with pet care duties, whether walking a dog, grooming a cat or accompanying your loved one on trips to the vet.
What duties does a live-in care in Slough perform?
An Elder live-in carer will happily assist with, or take charge of, a wide range of household chores, to enable your elderly relative to get the most out of their every day. From shopping for groceries, to meal preparation, washing up, cleaning, laundry and hoovering, the carer’s job is to help your loved one wherever required. They will perform any task necessary to ensure the comfort and safety of your relative.
One of the most common requirements for Elder carers is the cooking and preparation of meals. Mealtimes are not only a great bonding moment for carer and care recipient, but also highlight one of the biggest advantages of live-in care - the freedom of choice. While in a care home it’s very much a case of eating what you’re given, with a live-in carer your relative is able to pick their familiar favourites.
If your loved one has a garden, they may have spent many years creating their perfect little patch, and would be loathed to give it up. Elder live-in carers often also help out with gardening duties, to ensure it’s kept in tip-top condition for your loved one to enjoy.
The carer will also accompany your relative to appointments to local medical establishments such as the Herschel Medical Centre or Weekes Surgery. Trips to local pharmacies, such as Wexham Road Pharmacy, can also ensure that long-term prescriptions are kept up to date. That means the best possible health and wellbeing for your loved one, and complete peace of mind for you.
How much will live-in care in Slough cost?
Residential care homes have to factor in a variety of costs when calculating their fees. Heating and lighting have to be accounted for, in addition to the staff costs associated with running a large property. With live-in care, there are no overheads to be included, as your loved one remains in their own home as before. The only cost is for the caregiver’s time which, unlike in residential care, is one-to-one, for 24 hours a day.
Live-in care from Elder is charged at a standard rate of just £795 per week, with supplementary charges only being added if the carer is looking after more than one recipient, or if they are required to bring their own car. Once an Elder care plan begins, you’ll never pay more than the initial price.
This simple pricing allows you to plan your budgeting with great accuracy, meaning you can really prepare for the long-term. What’s more, live-in care is up to 30% more affordable than many care homes.
Where can I learn more about live-in care?
Elder’s customer care advisors are waiting to take your call between the hours of 8am-8pm, seven days a week. We’re absolutely passionate about enabling older people to enjoy their current lifestyles from the comfort of their own homes, and we’re always delighted to discuss our live-in care service with interested parties, with absolutely no obligation whatsoever.