When the time comes to consider long-term care for our parents or loved ones, the first option we consider is usually residential care or nursing home care. However, increasingly, many older people are unwilling to leave their homes and move permanently into care.
The change is understandably unappealing. Leaving behind your home, loved ones and possibly your pets to live in a strange, new environment with unknown people can be daunting. For this reason, and many more, older people and their families throughout the UK are looking into live-in care provided at home.
How is live-in care better than a care home in Hereford?
Private live-in care simply means staying at home and having a professional carer live full-time with your loved one, to help with all the day-to-day tasks, and provide companionship and safety. This allows care recipients a greater sense of security and comfort. It also gives our customers peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that their parents are well looked after in familiar surroundings.
In many ways, the level of care received is of the same standard as a care home, but in other ways, it’s far superior. In a care home, care recipients get very little one-to-one attention from their carers. All social activity tends to be taken as a group. With individual live-in care, there’s always someone on-hand to help the care recipient, bring them something to drink, help them to the bathroom and of course, just to talk.
Is Elder the best care solution in Hereford?
While there are many care providers nationwide, Elder is one of the most trusted names operating across the UK. Our carers come from all over the country, and no matter where you live, they can come to you. If your loved one wants to stay in Hereford, but doesn’t want to move into a care home, Elder is the ideal choice. We help hundreds of elderly people who need care, yet are reluctant to enter that institutionalised care environment.
Will the live-in carer cook and clean too?
When you hire a live-in carer with Elder, they come prepared to do all the basic day-to-day chores such as cooking, cleaning and doing the shopping and laundry – as well as the more complex support of Alzheimer’s disease care and dementia care. They’re also there for everyday care, such as helping your loved one to get up and dressed in the morning, putting them to bed and helping them use the bathroom.
We provide live-in care in Hereford and the surrounding areas
Elder is committed to providing the highest standard of live-in care support with our highly skilled carers available from as quickly as 24 hours from speaking with us.
What our customers say
“It is reassuring to know that my father is being cared for by someone who understands his needs and his dementia symptoms.”
Is Hereford a good place to choose live-in care over a care home?
Hereford is the ideal location for older people who want to stay living in their own homes. With a range of attractions such as stately homes, museums, gardens and market towns, there is plenty of choice in the area for the occasional day out.
Berrington Hall is one such location. Owned by The National Trust, it is a charming neo-classical house, dating from the late 18th Century. Designed by Henry Holland, the house is fairly easy to navigate, and the gardens, designed by ‘Capability’ Brown, are also very accessible.
Ralph Court Gardens in Bromyard is one of the most famous gardens in the world. With 12 different garden experiences, this day out is set in the grounds of a Gothic rectory, along gently sloping paths. Visitors are transported around the world from France to Italy and Africa, as well as through the centuries.
The Apple Store Gallery in Hereford is also a lovely location for when the weather turns cold. This Gallery has only recently moved here, but is open throughout the year from Tuesdays to Fridays, 9.30am-4.30pm. They offer fascinating monthly exhibitions of local artists’ work.
For those who like to watch the world go by or pick up a gift or a bargain, The Old Market Shopping Centre is the area’s premier shopping destination. There are plenty of disabled parking spaces, accessible cafes and disabled toilets, which make it perfect those with limited mobility too. The town centre is also home to Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets.
Will the carer take your loved one out for the day?
At Elder, we understand the importance of fresh air and a change of scenery for good mental and physical health. The carers who work with us are also trained to encourage social and outdoor activities, which support social interaction and keeping fine motor skills sharp. One of the most beneficial things our care recipients experience when living in their own home is the access it affords to familiar places and the confidence that this familiarity brings. Having the confidence to leave the house with your carer opens up a world of possibilities. No matter what your age
Where will our carer stay?
Elder carers offer 24/7 support, whilst living in the care recipient’s home. Typically, a spare bedroom or converted office is turned into the carer’s bedroom. While this may be something that both the care recipient and the customer need to get used to, the benefits of having a carer living in are enormous. By living in, they can be there first thing in the morning and last thing at night, and of course, they can be available overnight too, if needed.
How much does live-in care cost?
Elder’s live-in care service costs a flat rate of £895 per week and this is without any hidden costs. The only time you’ll ever pay more is if there is more than one care recipient, or the use of a carer’s car is required. Elder takes care of all the training, vetting and insurance costs, so there are never any surprise invoices at the end of the month.
Colin and Dulcie’s story
Dulcie is 102-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for over two years. We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman – and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.
Care in Hereford: Useful Resources
The Creative Ageing Project at The Courtyard offers interactive art sessions for seniors, and collaborates with the Alzheimer’s Society to ensure that art activities are available for everyone to enjoy.
Address: The Courtyard Trust Limited, The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
Call: 01432 346535
Gentle movement classes, African drumming, drama and even circus skills are just some of the activities on offer for older people at The Music Pool.
Address: The Music Pool, The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR
Call: 01432 278118
St John’s Luncheon Club offers a reasonably-priced three course meal to local seniors every Wednesday, offering them the opportunity to enjoy lunch in a sociable setting. Meals are provided by volunteers and need to be pre-booked.
Address: St. John’s Methodist Church, St. Owen Street, Hereford HR1 2PR
Hereford Council’s Adult Social Care department offers help and support to the elderly and their carers in Hereford, and can also arrange financial assessments.
Address: Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0LE
Call: 01432 260101
Offering a range of services, including emotional support, complementary therapies and one-to-one advice for carers, Herefordshire Carers Support is your one-stop shop for all your caring questions and concerns.
Address: Herefordshire Carers Support, Berrows Business Centre, Bath Street, Hereford HR1 2HE
Call: 01432 356068
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