Why do we provide live-in care in Swindon?
When a loved one reaches a stage in their life when they are unable to live independently and need long-term care for 24 hours a day, you may think that a care home is the only option. However, leaving their own home and familiar surroundings could be upsetting for your elderly relative, and Elder provides a better alternative - live-in care.
Who’s live-in care for?
Elder’s live-in care service enables your loved one to remain in their own home, while also receiving the high-quality long-term care they need. Elder’s live-in carers are able to provide all manner of care - from simple companionship to the more complex needs that come with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.
How does hiring a live-in carer in Swindon help my loved one stay active?
In addition to the 24-hour, seven-days-a-week care that your loved one will receive in their own home, there are numerous other benefits to having a dedicated live-in carer. Your elderly family member will be able to maintain a social life to a greater extent than they would if they moved into a care home, as their live-in carer will be able to accompany them and support them in social activities.
For example, if your loved one is fond of a wander around Coate Water Country Park, or likes scouting for bargains at the Swindon Outlet Centre, then their live-in carer will help by chauffeuring your relative to destinations of their choice.
Perhaps your loved one would like to attend a local group, such as the Royal Voluntary Society, or maybe your loved one is a member of the Swindon Bowls Club and would like to maintain their attendance and links with the community. An Elder live-in carer can help your loved one keep their life as active and as sociable as possible.
Live-in care in Swindon and greater independence
It may be that your elderly family member is still fairly active and independent but needs supervision in order to keep safe. Or perhaps they need regular reminders to take their medication at the appropriate times. A live-in carer can help in these situations too, as they are able to offer as much (or as little) practical help around the home as your loved one requires.
If your elderly family member wishes to carry on doing all their own cooking, then their carer will be able to provide a safe environment in which to do so - and will be a very happy sous chef. However, if your loved one is finding it increasingly difficult to prepare meals, the Elder live-in carer will be happy to take over more responsibility for cooking and will whip up some tasty, nutritious meals.
Other aspects of daily life can become difficult as your relative grows older. The live-in carer will be able to take on other light chores such as laundry, hoovering and cleaning. The help of a live-in carer can be invaluable in simply enabling those in their later years to concentrate on the things they enjoy doing.
A tailored live-in care plan
The care delivered by a live-in carer is as individual as the care recipient. All aspects of your loved one’s needs are taken into consideration, from their favourite breakfasts to their medical needs, and entered into a personalised care plan that is specifically tailored to them.
Medication can be ordered and collected from local pharmacies, whether that is the Lloyds pharmacy on Royston Road or Rowlands on Kingston Avenue. As your loved one will be able to keep their own GP, they will be able to have access to continued care from a medical professional that they know and trust and who is familiar with their particular needs.
Elder is also aware that care needs can change over time, so reviews are held whenever necessary and changes to the care plan can be discussed to ensure that it remains relevant and appropriate.
How long does a live-carer stay in your loved one’s home?
Carers work on a rota with another carer that usually follows a four week on, one week off. Meaning there’s always one primary carer. Each carer lives in your loved one’s home for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week before swapping with another full-time carer. Carers have the opportunity to build a real relationship with your elderly relative, and are likely to form lasting bonds with both the care recipient and their families.
How do you ensure the quality of your live-in carers in Swindon?
Elder only works with top professionals in the care industry, attracting them by trying to ensure the self-employed carers working with us earn more than the industry average. We take the quality of our partner carers extremely seriously. All Elder carers have at least one year’s experience, and before the live-in carer arrives at your loved one’s door, we make sure they undergo a DBS (PVG in Scotland) check, a care exam and a face-to-face interview.
How much does live-in care from Elder cost?
Elder charges a standard rate of £895 per week. You’ll only ever pay more for a carer with a car or there is more than one care recipient. Elder’s flat rate compares favourably with those charged by care homes and Elder’s price can even be up to 30% less than care home charges.
Please don’t hesitate to call us today to discuss your loved one’s long-term care needs. Our care advisors are available seven days a week from 8am-8pm to provide you with all the information you may need.