You may have an elderly relative who has reached the stage in their life where they are no longer able to care for themselves alone, whether this is due to physical or mental frailty, and this can also be very stressful for you if you are faced with important decisions regarding your older loved one’s care.
Nursing and care homes may be the first thing that you think of when considering long-term care options for your elderly relative, but this may not be the best choice for your older loved one as they may not wish to leave their own home, or they may find the thought of the stress and upheaval of moving upsetting.
You may also feel that communal living is not the best option for your relative at this stage in their life. However, there is a good alternative that provides long-term, 24-hour, one-on-one care without the need to move home: live-in care.
Live-in care is a better option for Dorchester residents
For those living in Dorchester, as well as surrounding areas such as Charminster and Puddletown, Elder’s live-in care service is a great alternative to a care home. If you decide to engage a 24-hour live-in care professional organised by Elder, then your loved one can remain in their own home, with their own things and within their own community, and also receive first-rate care from highly trained and experienced caregivers.
Elder works with a team of highly professional, dedicated personal carers who provide 24-hour care in your family member’s own home. Carers often work alongside another carer on an alternating shift system, staying with your relative for approximately 2 weeks at a time.
This allows each carer the time to really get to know their care recipients, forming real friendships and providing much-needed companionship, as well as expert care. Indeed, it is being able to give each care recipient this one-on-one attention that gives carers working with Elder such high rates of job satisfaction.
Enjoying their surroundings
Keeping familiar routines and activities is often very important for older people, particularly if they are living with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. A specialist 24-hour carer will be able to provide all the support your elderly relative needs and will be able to help with many personal care tasks such as bathing and dressing if your relative is no longer able to manage these alone.
If your older loved one is still fairly active and keen to get out and about in their community then their live-in carer can help your relative to keep up with activities that they enjoy, including such activities as a Better Balance Class, which specialises in low-impact exercise for older people, in Dorchester itself or one of the dementia-friendly events at Durlston Country Park.
If your elderly relative likes to sit and enjoy the wildlife at RSPB Lodmoor, then trips will be organised by their live-in carer.
Another advantage of live-in care compared with a care home is that your elderly relative will be able to stay registered with their family doctor, with whom your relative may have built up a good and trusted relationship over the years.
If your relative is a pet owner then having a live-in carer will enable them to continue enjoying the companionship of their furry friends, as well as the health benefits, such as lower stress levels, that pet ownership brings. If your elderly relative is no longer able to look after their pets alone then their caregiver will ensure that any animals are fed and well cared for. This is another advantage over a move into a care home, where your loved one may have to give up their pets entirely.
Any activity that your family member is still able to enjoy can be supported and encouraged, helping them to maintain a positive outlook on life and keeping them as physically and as mentally active as possible. Another benefit to having full-time care at home is that there are no set routines enforced, unlike in care homes where there isn’t the flexibility that your older relative can enjoy with a live-in carer.
You can also relax in the knowledge that your beloved elderly relative is receiving highly personalised care and is being kept safe at all times.
Specific care plans
Elder will devise an individual care plan that is specific to your elderly relative and which details not only all their care needs and the support that they require with daily living tasks but which also takes into account all of your older loved one’s personal preferences, as well as likes and dislikes.
This level of detail and highly tailored care plan simply wouldn’t be possible in a care home environment and is a huge advantage of Elder’s live-in care service. Your elderly relative’s needs may well change over time and so Elder’s care plan is constantly updated to reflect this.
Elder’s live-in care service costs a very competitive £895 per week, which can be up to thirty percent less than the equivalent cost of care home fees.
How to find out more
You may have many questions about 24-hour Iive-in care, so please don’t hesitate to call us here at Elder. Our friendly and dedicated customer support experts are on hand between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week.
They will happily answer your questions and talk you through the care process, enabling you to make a decision about the next step for your elderly relative with ease.