In a large county like Warwickshire, where many people may live fairly rurally and often distant from key services, older people can begin to feel isolated. If they are in need of care, they would previously have had to choose from one of two options: move into a care home, or remain at home with a visiting carer.
However, now there is a third choice. Elder provides a live-in care service that will allow your relative to stay in the familiar surroundings of their own home while receiving all the support, care and companionship they require.
This is an option that puts the elderly person’s needs at the very heart of their care and avoids the distress that can be caused if they are moved into an unfamiliar setting. This option also brings with it real peace of mind, as both the elderly person and their loved ones will know that there will always be someone on hand to help them with any needs or issues that may arise.
If your older relative lives on their own and requires help from a carer on a daily basis, you may be concerned about the times when they are on their own. Elderly people are often vulnerable, particularly if left to their own devices for a prolonged period. Opting for companion care means that you will no longer have to worry about what might happen if your loved one has a fall or other accident in the home. Their care at home package will mean that there is always someone with them to support them day and night, and also to provide real companionship.
Elder provides home carers who live in your older relative’s home with them. They can carry out personal care, as well as day-to-day domestic tasks such as shopping, cleaning, cooking, washing and ironing, making every aspect of the older person’s life easier. One of the greatest advantages of live-in elderly care is the companionship that the carer offers.
Elder carefully matches our carers in Warwickshire to the needs and personality of the care recipient, ensuring that they also become a friend, able to share in those little things that make such a difference, such as a chat over a cup of tea, or watching a favourite programme on television.
Elder’s live-in carers typically work in pairs on a rotational basis, with each carer living in your loved one’s home for two weeks. This results in the continuity that is so important in elderly care. It also ensures that your older relative will not need to worry about their personal care being provided by someone unknown to them, something all too common with other home care packages.
A care plan will be written after consulting with the care recipient, their family and any other relevant people, for example, their community nurse or GP.
Every single facet of your relative’s needs will be taken into consideration, as well as their own wishes. They will be able to explain just how they like things to be done and there can be flexibility in their care plan, as their carer will be present 24-hours a day.
Opting for home care also means that your relative can access support to maintain their valued relationships. Whether they need help using the internet to send an email to a friend, or assistance getting out to meet a relative, the carer is there to help. Many older people have activities that they enjoy but need a bit of help with, such as keeping the garden tidy or playing cards, for example. All these needs and more can be met by our home carers.
Most older people who need some degree of care prefer to remain in familiar surroundings of their own home. Having care at home can make a significant difference to their peace of mind and sense of security.
If your relative is living with dementia, the appropriate level of home care will mean that they won’t need to leave their own environment. Moving into a care home is often a highly stressful experience for an older person with dementia, as it can heighten their confusion and make them very anxious. Elder can provide home carers trained in dementia care across Warwickshire.
They have the experience to cope with the many challenges that can be posed by a person living with all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease. They are also skilled in the communication skills that are necessary when providing care for people who may be struggling to make sense of both their environment and their day-to-day life.
Dedicated live-in care is a fairly new way to care for elderly people, but because of its clear benefits, it is fast increasing in popularity. If you want to make sure that your older relative receives the very best care possible, please do contact Elder to chat about their specific requirements.