Live-in care vs residential care
If your loved one has always been independent but now requires care and someone around 24-hours a day, why not consider live-in care from Elder in Twickenham? This increasingly popular way of providing care provides your loved one with all the support they would receive in a care home, but allows them to retain their independence and stay in their own home.
Being admitted into a residential care home or nursing home invariably means that your loved one would have to sacrifice most of their independence. Although many care homes try hard to treat all their residents as individuals, it is impossible for someone to have the same positive and personal experience as they would in their own home with a one-to-one carer dedicated to meeting their needs.
If your loved one lives alone and you are worried about their safety, putting them in a care home where there will be 24-hour supervision is no longer the only option. One of Elder’s live-in carers in Twickenham can move into your loved one’s home and support them in their own environment and keep them safe, even if their care needs are quite complex, i.e. dementia care.
What conditions is care at home suitable for?
Elder has carers who are trained and experienced across all areas of elderly care. Whether your loved one simply needs companion care and a little assistance with meal preparation and housework or they’re in a situation where a highly skilled and experienced caregiver is required in order for them to continue with daily life, it is worth discussing your options with Elder.
Most of our carers have undergone advanced dementia care training, for example, and others are experienced in caring for people with conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease or Multiple Sclerosis. Elder will match your loved one with a suitably qualified and experienced carer, whatever their needs are. Compatibility is alo taken into account so a friendship can form between them.
Couples can also benefit from having a live-in carer who can support them both, and a much cheaper price than the cost for two placed in a care home.
What does a live-in carer do?
Your live-in carer will do as much, or as little, as required, and be guided by your relative as to the specific help and assistance needed. This could be anything from support with housework, shopping, outings and meal preparation, through to personal care such as help with bathing and dressing or even dementia care.
Your loved one’s one-to-one carer makes sure that prescriptions are ordered and collected, and ensures that your loved one takes their medications as directed by their medical advisers. They will arrange hospital visits, and accompany your relative wherever they need or want to go.
There are many things for your loved one to do and see in Twickenham, such as the small whitewashed castle, Kilmorey Mausoleum and Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens - a gallery specifically dedicated to the botanical illustrations of a remarkable travelling lady. All visits will be accompanied by your live-in carer, providing you with the peace of mind that they are enjoying themselves while receiving the best one-to-one care possible.
If your loved one requires dementia care, we have trained staff experienced at providing such care. At Elder, we provide highly trained staff who can cope with the extra demands that dementia and Alzheimer’s can bring. They understand the need to keep a careful watch on your loved one’s safety, i.e. making sure that the cooker or the iron isn’t left on, or making sure that your relative does not wander off and become lost.
Knowing that your loved one is safe, comfortable, well-nourished and in good hands provides peace of mind for the whole family. It means that you can relax and enjoy their company, without worrying about things such as whether they had eaten or not. Should your relative’s needs increase over time, the caregiver will provide more help as required.
Here at Elder, we’re always happy to discuss your individual requirements for care in the home and provide a careplan tailored to your situation, so contact us for a no-obligation chat, and discover the difference that Elder care can make for your family.