Elderly care options in the Stoke-on-Trent area have been limited until relatively recently. If you can see that your loved one has reached a point where they can no longer live safely and comfortably in their own home, you may have begun to consider the choices available to them. For the majority of elderly people, staying in their own home and maintaining a sense of independent living is the preferred option.
Elder now offers live-in care packages in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area, enabling your loved one to receive 24/7 care in their own home from a dedicated private care worker. This means that they can continue to live in familiar surroundings for as long as possible, enjoying a level of one-to-one support they wouldn’t receive in a residential care home setting.
How does live-in care work?
Companion care is a relatively new form of elderly care. With a care-at-home package from Elder, a caregiver moves in with your loved one and is with them round the clock, to offer as much support as they require. Your relative’s live-in care worker will assist in tasks as requested, both personal care and household.
This might include helping your loved one get into and out of bed and providing assistance using the toilet, washing and dressing. They can also assist with light housework and gardening, laundry and grocery shopping, as well as prepare the meals they will share with your relative.
The majority of our caregivers are also happy to help look after pets if your loved one has an animal they no longer feel they can take care of on their own. With most Elder care workers holding a full UK driving licence, they will also be able to take your loved one to and from appointments, providing all the support they need to maintain an active and sociable lifestyle.
If your relative has hobbies or interests they wish to pursue, we’re often able to match your loved one with a caregiver who shares their passion. This means they are better able to continue with their hobbies and enjoy the mental stimulation that can come through sharing an interest with a companion.
What qualifications do Elder carers have?
Elder operates a rigorous recruitment policy, ensuring we employ only those carers who hold the highest level of qualification in elderly care. Many of our caregivers have also received additional training in dementia or Alzheimer’s care, so if your loved one has a particular health condition, we match your relative with a care worker who has a specialism or experience in their field of need.
We carry out all the necessary background checks, so you can be confident that the carer moving into your elderly relative’s home is suitable. We also handle the administrative tasks that come with employing a carer, meaning you don’t have to get to grips with the complexities of employment law.
What are the main advantages over a care home?
While nobody can deny that the staff in residential care homes work hard, they are nevertheless constrained by limited time and resources. As they have to divide their working hours between many residents, they simply do not have the time to offer the level of personalised, one-to-one attention afforded to those who receive care at home.
Residents in a care home can often feel they have lost all say over basic things such as when they get up and go to bed, or when they go to the toilet. In many cases, they also have limited choice over what they eat on a daily basis, and are almost always taken to eat in a particular place and at a certain time. For those receiving dementia care, this can be a particularly stressful and upsetting experience.
With companion care, your loved one retains full control over how they spend their time, helping them maintain a sense of autonomy and freedom. They also benefit from a continuity of care that they would not receive in a care home. Elder’s caregivers usually work in pairs, operating a two-week shift pattern and covering each other’s sickness and holiday time. This means your loved one only sees a familiar face, rather than the many carers that residents in a care home might see over the course of a day.
Why choose Elder in Stoke-on-Trent?
A care plan from Elder can be tailored to meet your loved one’s needs. Whether they are looking for short-term care or a more long-term solution, our fully flexible packages can be adapted to suit the level of assistance required and their personal preferences. As well as a carer, many people find they also gain a friend, and deep bonds of friendship and trust often grow between those giving and receiving care at home.
If you cannot visit them as often as you might like, it can also be a great comfort to know that your loved one has someone with them, at a time in life that can be very lonely. The reassurance that there is someone providing support and watching over them offers peace of mind. With a care plan from Elder, your loved one retains that all-important sense of independence and can live in their own home for as long as possible, no matter how complex their needs.
For more information on the services we provide, simply get in touch with Elder’s Stoke-on-Trent team today.