If your loved one is becoming increasingly frail and needs an increased level of care, you do not have to assume they will be better off in a residential care home. The majority of older people prefer to stay in their own homes if they can, so however much support your relative requires, they may be happiest if you arrange for them to have a live-in carer.
Care at Home
Elder provides private live-in care throughout Dorset, so whatever type of elderly care your loved one needs, it may be helpful to contact us to discuss your options. Elder will carefully match a caregiver with your loved one to ensure that they get on well together and a supportive relationship can be built up. Factors such as likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests are taken into account so that the right person is chosen to provide 24/7 live-in care to your relative.
What to Expect from Live-In Care
Elder’s live-in care packages can encompass many different things, depending on the needs and wishes of the care recipient. Some older people may prefer to maintain independent living as far as possible and continue to carry out some domestic tasks, while others will be happy to let the carer take over things that have become difficult for them.
In addition to providing the personal care that your loved one needs, the live-in carer will cook meals, shop, do the laundry and perform any other tasks required. They will be around to provide companionship and support with different activities, and can also escort the care recipient out and about.
What Will the Live-in Carer Need?
If you opt for round-the-clock care for your loved one in Dorset, the carer will need a bedroom of their own in their house, with a comfortable chair and access to an internet connection. Because they will spend some of their leisure time here, they will also need a television.
The carer will not require separate catering facilities, as they will be preparing meals for your loved one and eat the same food. Some of Elder’s home care staff can drive, so if you would like them to provide transport, it’s a good idea to arrange for them to be insured on your loved one’s car.
We provide live-in care in Dorset and the surrounding areas
Our live-in care services in and around Dorset are the perfect solution for long-term care.
What our customers say
“The security and patience of live-in care has meant my mother has relaxed and her general disposition has improved to no end.”
How Will the Carer Know What My Loved One Needs?
When you contact Elder, arrangements will be made for a meeting to discuss your relative’s care needs and preferences. You, your loved one and any health and social care professionals involved in their care will have an input into devising the care plan.
This way, everyone involved knows what is agreed. The carer will keep you informed of any changes that you need to know about, and if you ever have any concerns, you can get in touch with Elder at any time.
Can Elder Provide Dementia Care?
If your loved one needs specialised elderly assistance, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s care, Elder will provide a local carer with the necessary experience or qualifications. Elder can help with round-the-clock support for people with many other types of care needs too. If your loved one has Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or a heart condition they can also be supported to remain safely in their own home by a dedicated and experienced carer.
For people living with dementia, specialist care at home is the best option as they can frequently become more confused and upset if moved into a strange environment such as a residential care or nursing home.
Elder’s carers usually work on a rota basis with another carer, and your loved one will get to know them well and benefit from the continuity of care. This is helpful for people who have dementia, as they can have difficulty in situations where there are lots of different people coming in and out of their space, as there would be in a residential care setting.
If you are searching for someone to care for your loved one in an emergency, Elder can quickly provide 24-hour care. This may avert the need for an older person to be admitted into residential care, which can often make their situation worse. Elder’s carers in Dorset provide companionship as well as practical help, so if your loved one needs emotional support, a live-in carer could be the ideal solution to their care needs.
Can my Loved One Afford Private Care?
Surprisingly, the cost of this kind of care can be up to 30% cheaper in comparison with other forms such as nursing home care. Elder provides live-in care for as little as £895 per week, and there are no hidden costs to take into account. Contact Elder to discuss funding or any other queries you might have about home care in Dorset.
Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 100-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 six months. 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 Dorset: Useful Resources
A hub for information and advice run by the local council offering information on the support and care for adults available in the local area, with useful listings of all the resources available throughout Dorset.
Address: Dorset Direct, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ
Call: 01305 221016
Local church in Dorchester offering a regular monthly lunch club aimed at all elderly residents.
Address: St George’s Church, Fordington, Dorchester, DT1 1LB
Call: 01305 265177
An independent charity based in the local area offering help and support to Dorset carers.
Address: The Leonardo Trust, 5 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AA
Call: 01202 98325
Local branch of the national charity offering support, help, advice and services for older people in Dorset.
Address: Rowan Cottage, Princes Street, Dorchester, DT1 1PW
Call: 01305 269444
Local authority website providing access to help and advice for both carers and adults in need of care throughout Dorset.
Contact form: https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/article/406799/Dorset-County-Council-contact-form
Address: Dorset County Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, DT1 1XJ
Call: 01305 221000
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