What is live-in care?
When you’re concerned that your loved one is struggling to cope at home, you face a number of options. You could invite them to move into a spare room in your own house, which may not be practical for a few reasons, such as no-one being at home during the daytime.
You could also try to secure a place in a residential care home, which your loved one may be hesitant about. Alternatively, you could arrange for live-in care where a carer moves in with your elderly relative, helping them with a variety of tasks, and enabling them to continue living independently.
Why is live-in care the better alternative to a care home in Frome?
Despite the negative press, there are plenty of hard-working and caring residential homes for elderly people. However, even the very best care home cannot provide one to one care to residents throughout every single hour of the day and night.
Care home residents may encounter several different staff members during a single day, making it hard to form friendships, and leading to a lack of continuity on a daily basis.
A live-in carer is your loved one’s facilitator and enabler every day, so spur of the moment outings can be easily accommodated. If your elderly relative suddenly decides that they want to browse the boutiques on Catherine Hill, then the carer will accompany them and even help to carry their shopping bags.
The carer will ensure that your loved one gets to enjoy their favourite pastimes and their favourite places, with no form filling or risk assessments needing to be conducted before each trip.
Many of our care recipients have gardens that they have lovingly tended for many years, and that they would be reluctant to leave behind to move into residential care. Others have pets, such as cats and dogs, that care homes are just unable to accommodate. An Elder carer can assist with gardening duties, if required, and will help with pet care, grooming and walking.
Why is Elder the best care solution in Frome?
Wherever your loved one lives - either in the central town or one of the neighbouring villages, such as Lullington, Egford or Little Keyford - their live-in carer will encourage them to get plenty of fresh air and exercise. That may be a swimming-pool based fitness class at the Leisure Centre or a chair-based exercise class at the Medical Centre on Enos Way or even just a leisurely stroll around Victoria Park.
An Elder carer ensures that your loved one can enjoy social activities and events, from pub quizzes to a catch-up with friends or neighbours, enabling them to get out and about as much as they would like to and to enjoy life to the full.
How can live-in care keep your loved one as safe and comfortable as possible in Frome?
Safety in the home is a big concern for relatives of the elderly, and a live-in carer provides great peace of mind. The carer ensures that doors and windows are locked before leaving the house, and at night, and also screens visitors to make sure that they are not unscrupulous callers, keen to prey on the elderly.
Because the carer lives in the home with your loved one, they are on hand at all times in case of any emergencies. Many older people find it a source of great comfort just knowing that there is someone else in the house, giving them a stronger feeling of security, day and night.
The carer will help with sending emails or texts, if required, and will enable your loved one to stay in touch with family members and friends. They will make sure that your relative attends appointments at the Medical Practice or the local Community Hospital, and will collect prescriptions from the Acorn Pharmacy at Lock’s Hill, or from the late-night pharmacy at Asda.
Prescription medicine, whether your loved one is living with dementia or not, will be dispensed according to the doctor’s advice, so you never have to worry that your loved one may have forgotten to take important medications.
How does Elder live-in care work?
At Elder, we don’t believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to live-in care, so every care recipient is catered for with a tailor-made plan, which is fully expected to change and adapt over time as your loved one’s needs increase.
We take the time to source a carer who shares your loved one’s temperament, likes, dislikes and hobbies or pastimes, as we find that the more that both parties have in common, the more quickly bonds of trust and friendship are formed.
Care plans encompass everything from companion care and assistance with housework, shopping and cooking, through to the more complex needs of care recipients with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, who require more in-depth help, including personal care tasks, such as help with bathing and dressing.
How much does live-in care in Frome cost?
We charge a flat rate of £895 per week, which is roughly 30% less than the cost of a place in a care home.
You won’t find any hidden charges or unexpected extra fees either, so you can proceed with confidence that there won’t be any surprises about the costs involved. Plus, you won’t pay extra for more specialist support. For example, if your loved one needs Alzheimer’s care.
Why choose Elder?
At Elder, we believe that elderly people have the right to lead full and exciting lives, and our carers are trained to support them to do so.
We are always on hand to answer any queries or worries that you may have. Call us anytime between 8 am and 8 pm, for a no-obligation chat, and discover the difference that an Elder live-in carer could make to your loved one’s life.