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What exactly is live-in care?
When you sense that your elderly relative is no longer coping well in their own home, it can be difficult to know what to do. The majority of elderly people are reluctant to voice their concerns about their ability to cope, and may be fearful of a move into residential care. Nowadays, however, there is a viable alternative to care homes, in the form of live-in care. This is when a caregiver moves into your relative’s own home, offering help and support to enable them to continue living in their own familiar surroundings.
What is it that makes live-in care in Virginia Water a better option than a care home?
Care homes have come in for some bad press in recent times, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some good options around.
Care homes have come in for some bad press in recent times, whether it’s financial problems, or simply the quality of care. However, there has been very little scrutiny of the way in which they evapourate the freedom of the individual. They take away what really makes a person.
Typical examples of this loss of freedom come in the shape of aspects of our lives we come to take for granted. And, aspects of your elderly loved one’s life that can make a significant improvement in their wellbeing. We all know, for example, the importance of staying fit and active.
For an elderly relative, doing exercise is best served by undertaking less strenuous activities, such as getting out in the garden. This simply isn’t possible in the care home. However, a live-in carer will offer up an extra pair of hands to enable your loved one to continue to enjoy pottering around their own garden for as long as they would like to.
Another example of being able to continue life as normal is keeping your pet. Again, this is something you’re unable to do in a care home, but something that recent studies have indicated brings significant improvements to health outcomes. Care homes cannot usually accommodate pets, due to health and safety regulations, but parting with a much-loved pet is traumatic and upsetting for both pet and owner.
Moving a carer into your loved one’s home means that there is no need to make such a heart-breaking decision, allowing your relative to continue to reap the health benefits, even when they struggle to cope with the day to day care needs of their pet. The carer will assist with any tasks that your loved one is unable to fulfill, ensuring the continued happiness and well-being of the household.
Another principal advantage of live-in care over care homes is there is no need for your elderly relative to downsize, leaving the home they love.. Rather than having to go through every single item of furniture, ornament, photograph and memento, choosing what to keep and what to sell, donate or give away, your loved one can retain their present home exactly as they wish.
They won’t have to downsize into one room. They can carry on enjoying their current lifestyle, aided by their dedicated caregiver. Surrounded by the familiar faces of friends and neighbours, live-in care is less disruptive to your loved one’s existence. This can be particularly helpful for those experiencing problems with memory, who can easily become confused when subjected to a new lifestyle.
We provide live-in care in Virginia Water, Surrey and the surrounding areas
Whether you’re looking for care for yourself or a loved one, our highly skilled carers are available for 24/7 round the clock care. Elder provides live-in care services in Virginia Water, Surrey and throughout the South East.
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.”
How can live-in care ensure the safety of my loved one in Virginia Water?
Whether your elderly loved one lives in Virginia Water itself, or one of the surrounding villages, such as Longcross, Thorpe or Englefield Green, getting around is likely to have become increasingly difficult as they age. A live-in carer will encourage your loved one to get out and about, whether for a stroll around Windsor Great Park or a trip to Elmsleigh Shopping Centre, and will be on-hand to make sure they don’t trip, fall, or lose their way.
From organising medical appointments at Packers Surgery on Christchurch Road, to collecting prescriptions from Lloyds Pharmacy or taking your loved one to the Wentworth Foot Clinic for chiropody appointments, nothing is too much trouble for an Elder carer, whose sole focus is the continuing safety of your elderly relative.
How much will I have to pay for live-in care in Virginia Water?
At Elder, we don’t believe in complicated pricing structures and endless add-ons, which inflate the cost of live-in care. We don’t believe in long tie-ins. We think that costs should be completely transparent, which is why we charge for our live-in care service at a standard flat rate of £895 per week.
This represents a considerable saving over the cost of a place in residential care – as much as 30% in many cases. There are even greater savings to be had where the carer looks after a couple rather than just one person, although our fees are slightly higher.
The cost of live-in care may be much less than you were anticipating, but that doesn’t mean that we skimp when it comes to the amount Elder carers take home. We value the hard work they do, and do our best to make sure they earn above the industry standard, as a reward for that work.
Where can I find out more about Elder live-in care?
We are so enthusiastic about the live-in care we offer for elderly people in their own homes, that we just love to talk about it. You can talk to one of our friendly customer care advisors on any day of the week between the hours of 8am and 8pm, to discuss your loved one’s circumstances and determine whether or not live-in care might be an appropriate solution for their needs.
Duclie’s care story
In this short video, Dulcie and her family explain her reasons for choosing Elder live-in care. They discuss how live-in care has allowed her to stay independent in her own home while making a new friend at the same time.
Care in Virginia Water: Useful Resources
Useful links to support services as well as help and advice for the elderly in and around Virginia Waters.
Address: Surrey County Council, Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking. Surrey GU22 7QQ
Call: 0300 200 1005
Information, support and guidance for anyone in the region affected by a diagnosis of dementia.
Address: Runnymede Dementia Support, 65 Woodham Lane, New Haw KT15 3ND
Call: 01932 855582
A support group for family, carers and friends of anyone in the region with a diagnosis of dementia.
Address: Runnymede Carers’ Support Group, The Orchard Day Centre, Staines Lane, Chertsey KT16 8PS
Call: 01932 855582
A fantastic resource for the elderly, with meetings, events and activities, as well as help, advice and support.
Address: Age UK Surrey, Rex House, William Road, Guildford. Surrey GU1 4QZ
Call: 01483 503414
The dementia services page contains plenty of helpful links for anyone with memory loss.
Address: Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey GU21 6YL
Call: 01483 755855
A club aimed at older people held every Thursday afternoon offering local residents an opportunity to socialise and enjoy fun activities.
Contact form: https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/get-help/service-enquiry?serviceid=467
Address: Sunninghill RVS Darby and Joan Club, Crown Hill Court, Brockenhurst Road, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 9DF
Call: 0800 731 9197