There comes a time when many of us need to start considering long-term care for our elderly parents or loved ones. Perhaps there has been a bereavement in the family, or a recent stay in the hospital means that living alone at home is no longer a sensible option.
When this time comes, a residential care home may seem like the first port of call. However, many older people and their families are learning about the advantages of 24-hour, personalised, live-in care.
Why is live-in care the better alternative to a care home in Pembrokeshire?
Choosing live-in care as a care solution in West Wales makes sense. Pembrokeshire is a beautiful area of the UK, and most residents would prefer to stay there. Whereas before, residents might have had concerns about securing good long-term and reliable live-in care in the area, when working with Elder, ensuring coverage is no longer an issue.
Elder sources live-in carers from across the UK and are happy to go on assignment wherever they are needed. In fact, discovering new parts of the UK is one of the benefits of working with Elder.
This means that our customers in West Wales can also get access to the best live-in care available and our care recipients can stay in their own homes for longer.
Studies show that when older people live in their own homes and communities, they remain more active and healthier for longer than those who move into the unfamiliar surroundings of a residential home.
How does live-in care work?
When our customers choose to arrange live-in care for their parents, they do so because they want the very best. With this in mind, Elder creates a full care plan for the care recipient. The live-in carer will then implement this care plan when they come to stay in the care recipient’s home.
The care plan might include provisions for light housework, personal care, assistance with getting out and about to attend social activities or more complex at-home care.
How much does it cost to get a live-in carer?
While prices usually vary across the UK, with Elder, our customers are always charged the same flat rate of £795 per week for live-in care. This includes the carer’s training, vetting and transportation to the care recipient’s home. We never add any extra or hidden costs to this fee.
The only additional costs that can be incurred are the expenses undertaken by the carer while working for the care recipient, such as the cost of a train ticket or a meal out with the care recipient, or entrance to an attraction that has been suggested by the care recipient.
Can you stay living at home in Pembrokeshire?
For nature lovers, the area is a surprisingly accessible area of Wales. The Welsh Wildlife Centre is a popular location for wildlife enthusiasts and older people all year round.
There is disabled parking directly outside the building, an easily accessible toilet on the ground floor and full access to the Glass House Cafe by lift. The trail itself is 3 km long, but most older visitors just come to take a look across the soothing water.
The Llys y Fran Country Park is a beautiful country park beside a natural reservoir, where visitors can sit and take in the sights. A dam stops the flow, and watching from 100ft above, as the water crashes over the other side, is invigorating. The disabled parking and toilets are located in the Mencap walled garden centre, next to the start of the wheelchair walk, known as the Grassy Bridge.
For those who prefer to spend a little time indoors, the area also offers a range of stately homes, museums and art galleries. The Oriel y Parc gallery, in St. Davids, houses one of the finest collections of landscape artwork in the country.
There is also the Milford Haven Heritage and Maritime Museum for those with an interest in the sea. West Wales is also home to the Last Invasion Tapestry, which is located in Fishguard. This is seen as Britain’s version of the Bayeux Tapestry, chronicling the events of 1797, which was the last time that mainland Britain was invaded.
Despite its rural location, West Wales is well connected and has plenty of family and elder care doctors. The Saundersfoot Medical Centre is the biggest hospital in the area, and the Lloyds pharmacy brand has locations scattered throughout West Wales. There are also plenty of supermarkets dotted around.
Why choose Elder?
At Elder, we are committed to providing the very best in live-in care for our care recipients. Our nationwide coverage means our customers and care recipients can rest assured that their carer is one of the best in the UK.
We have years of experience in choosing our carers, and we have developed a rigorous program of vetting and training. With so many carers in our organisation, we can ensure that our care recipients’ care schedules are always covered, and there are never any gaps in their care.
Can my parent stay living at home with a carer?
The care that our care recipients receive when living at home is as good or better than the care typically received in a care home. Personalised one to one care means there is somebody on hand at all times to make sure your parent or loved one is comfortable and safe.
However, what most of our care recipients appreciate the most is the level of companionship, the feeling of independence and the security that they get from living with a live-in carer in their own home and community.