Surrounded by the sea on all sides, apart from its border with Devon, Cornwall is a beautiful part of England, which is renowned for its warmer than average climate. This makes it a popular place for people to settle in retirement. Picturesque towns and villages, rocky cliffs and delightful beaches mean that there’s always somewhere new to visit and take in the spectacular scenery.
At Elder, we understand that your elderly loved ones are often reluctant to leave their own homes when the practicalities of advancing years make it difficult to continue living alone, or with an ageing partner.
That’s why we offer a high-quality alternative to care homes in Cornwall, allowing your elderly relative to carry on living independently, with assistance from a dedicated live-in caregiver.
Why choose live-in care?
Growing older presents many challenges, such as loss of balance, failing eyesight and memory problems. Recovering from injuries and illnesses takes longer than it does for younger people, and older people can find themselves struggling to cope with day-to-day living.
Until recently, a decline in health or mental faculties meant that your elderly loved one had limited choices. With younger family members usually working long hours to pay the mortgage and other household bills, the most popular option had been to move into residential care.
It’s understandable that few elderly people would choose to give up their family home to live in a residential care home, as this represents a wrench from everything that they have grown to love over the years.
While many residential homes offer high levels of care, even the best-run are unable to supply older people with the one-to-one care that they require.
The benefits of care at home
Choosing private live-in care in your loved one’s own home allows them to remain in familiar surroundings, which is hugely beneficial to their wellbeing.
There’s no need for an elderly relative to part with treasured possessions, and they can remain in a place that they know and love, close to friends and neighbours, in their own community.
Perhaps your loved one is a member of a local group, or maybe they enjoy regular social get-togethers with other neighbours. They may have a pet which they do not wish to be parted from. You may have one parent who is experiencing deteriorating health, while the other is still hale and hearty, and understand that they do not wish to separated.
Whatever the reasons for needing assistance in the home, a live-in carer can act as an extra pair of hands and an enabler, allowing your loved one to enjoy an excellent quality of life, without the rest of the family having to worry.
What does a live-in carer do?
Our caregivers provide 24/7 care, in whatever form it is required. For some of our care recipients, this involves being on hand to help with outings, shopping trips, social events and the preparation of meals. The carer will order and dispense medications according to the doctor’s instructions, arrange appointments and undertake household chores.
They will help with getting up and going to bed, washing, dressing and toileting and any other assistance that is required. An Elder caregiver adapts the care according to your loved one’s needs, so the duties and tasks are likely to increase over time.
At Elder, our aim is to match the carer with the care recipient, to ensure the best compatibility possible. We find that shared interests and hobbies, for example, help to ensure an excellent relationship, and we are proud that our caregivers become good friends with their clients.
One of the biggest benefits of in-home care is that your loved one always has someone on hand to chat with. Many older people suffer from loneliness, particularly if they are housebound, so having a friendly face around can make a real difference to their happiness.
What if my relative needs specialist care?
Depending on your loved one’s requirements, Elder can supply specially trained carers with the knowledge and skills to cope with all types of elderly care. For example, we can provide a sympathetic carer with the experience and training to supply dementia care and Alzheimer’s care in your relative’s own home.
Some types of dementia can cause challenging behaviour, with which many family members struggle to cope. A specialist carer can deal with any situation that occurs without causing further anxiety to your loved one, helping to make their life run more smoothly.
How do I find out more about private care?
Here at Elder, we are always happy to have an informal chat to find out whether our services are appropriate for your loved one. Contact us online or call us today to find how we can be of help.