If your relative has reached the point where they are struggling to manage day-to-day tasks at home or are finding it hard to get dressed or clean their house, the time may have come for you to consider live-in care - the kinder alternative to moving them into a care home.
The majority of older people would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible, maintaining a sense of independent living and avoiding a move into a care home. If your elderly relative wishes to stay in their own home, tailored, live-in care is likely to be the best option available to them.
Elder works across the St Albans area, providing tailored companion care packages which enable older people to remain living in their own homes with all the help and support they need. With a bespoke care package from Elder, your loved one can stay in familiar surroundings, and you’ll have the peace of mind that they are receiving the best one-to-one 24/7 care.
What is live-in care?
With a companion live-in care package, your loved one remains in their own home, and a dedicated carer moves in to support them. Depending on their level of need, the caregiver will undertake a range of tasks and perform a range of duties to help your relative with any type of care or support that they require.
Your live-in care package can help with anything from assistance getting into and out of bed, to wash, dress and get to the toilet, to light housework, gardening, shopping, laundry and cooking your loved one meals.
Most Elder carers also hold a full driving licence, so can assist your loved one in getting to and from appointments and any social events they might like to attend. This will help them to maintain an active and stimulating lifestyle for as long as possible.
If your elderly relative has pets that they are no longer able to care for alone, then most caregivers will be more than happy to offer support here too. They will be happy to feed and/or walk pets, or even take them to the vets.
What is live-in care in St Albans?
With the help of your loved one’s live-in carer, they can enjoy St Albans Cathedral. Named after Britain’s first saint, Alban, this grand cathedral is a humbling place to explore. They can also visit the shrine of the eponymous saint with a free guided tour that explores the history, architecture and more. Don’t worry about it all getting a bit much for them - there’s a gift shop and a café to relax with a coffee and cake after their visit.
If they enjoy history, there’s the Natural History Museum in Tring. Once the private museum of Victorian MP and zoologist Lionel Walter Rothschild, it offers the country’s finest collections of stuffed mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. Now a division of the Natural History Museum, specimens on display includes a polar bear, gorilla, emperor penguins and a Tasmanian wolf. And the best part is, it won’t cost them a penny - it’s all for free!
If your loved one enjoys the great outdoors, there’s the Cassiobury Park in Watford which stretches over 190 acres, so they’ll never have to see the same scenery twice! There’s also a designated Local Nature Reserve featuring a special circular trail!
What are the advantages over residential care homes?
Receiving care at home has many advantages over a residential care home. Not only does it allow your loved one to remain in a familiar place, surrounded by their own possessions, but they also receive a continuity of care that is not available in a residential home where one-to-one care is not possible.
Our care staff usually work in pairs, rotating in a two-week shift pattern, which means that your loved one will not become destressed by receiving care from unfamiliar people. This is particularly important for those in need of dementia care, who can find being cared for by multiple care workers very uncomfortable.
24/7 live in care means that your loved one is provided with the undivided attention from a single carer. While the staff in a care home try their best to divide their time between residents, they are often too stretched to give each the level of one-to-one care they need and deserve. With live-in care, a friend, as well as a carer, is provided, giving you the peace of mind that they are content and happy as well as well cared for.
How do Elder select carers?
Elder operates a thorough strict recruitment process. We conduct all the relevant background checks and ensure our care staff have the highest level of qualifications in elderly care. We also handle all the administrative work which goes into employing a live-in carer.
Many of our carers have advanced training in dementia care, Alzheimer’s care or in caring for those with other conditions such as Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis. We always encourage our staff to broaden their training in elderly care, and our thousands of caregivers are among the most well-qualified in the industry.
At Elder, we believe elderly care should be a personal and enjoyable experience. We will always try to match your loved one with a carer who shares at least some of their interests and hobbies, or who has a similar personality. This means that your loved one can enjoy the mental stimulation that comes from pursuing a hobby they’ve always enjoyed while building a bond with someone they consider to be a friend.
When you choose a live-in care plan from Elder, you can be confident you are receiving the highest level of service available. All Elder care providers are specially recruited and highly qualified for the work they undertake, and our bespoke packages enable your loved one to remain living in their own home, no matter how much help they require.
As well as a carer, your loved one also gains a companion and friend. This is particularly important as they enter a time of life when many suffer from loneliness and a sense of isolation. Knowing that your relative is receiving 24/7 care and companionship can provide peace of mind, especially if you can’t be with them as often as you might like. With a care plan from Elder, your loved one retains the independence they desire.