The role of an Elder live-in carer is to facilitate an elderly person in any way necessary to enable them to lead as full and active a life as possible.
You may be concerned that your elderly relative is at risk within their own homes. This could be due to loneliness, after the death of a spouse, for example, or perhaps they are becoming increasingly forgetful, and you have become concerned about security.
Some Elder care recipients are recovering following an illness or surgery, while others have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, and are simply unable to continue living alone.
Whether your loved one lives in Wimbledon itself, or one of the surrounding areas, such as New Malden, Colliers Wood, Earlsfield or Putney, an Elder live-in carer is able to move into their home, living alongside them and enabling them to enjoy all of their favourite pastimes and activities.
Is live-in care better than residential care in Wimbledon?
Residential care, whilst providing an excellent service, is not the solution for every elderly person in need of help and assistance with daily tasks. Some members of the older generation simply refuse to countenance the idea of moving into a care home. In many cases, they have been self-reliant throughout their lives, and are rightfully indignant at the prospect of leaving a much-loved home.
Often, a husband or wife needs more care than their spouse can comfortably provide, and simply having an extra pair of hands around the home makes all the difference between barely coping and actively thriving.
No matter how good the care home is, there are only so many members of staff on duty at any one time, dealing with a number of residents. Even the very best residential homes are unable to match Elder’s one to one ratio. For an older person keen to preserve their dignity, and especially if failing memory is an issue, dealing with just one caregiver provides them with a higher degree of satisfaction.
What does a live-in carer in Wimbledon do?
An Elder live-in carer is prepared to turn their hand to any task where their care recipient needs any kind of assistance. They understand that they are there to support, not to dominate so that they will be guided by your loved one’s needs and wishes. If for example, your elderly relative has a particular love of baking, then the carer will take a back seat at these times, only stepping in to help when asked.
The carer will help with all types of household chores, from dusting to laundry, and is happy to help out with gardening duties too. Many of our care recipients have much-loved pets - which residential homes are unable to accommodate - and the carer will help with looking after them if that is something that your loved one feels they need help with.
From arranging medical appointments at Francis Grove or George Street Surgeries and picking up prescriptions from the High Street Pharmacy to organising trips out and about, such as a gentle stroll past the windmill on the Common, the carer will ensure that your loved one is looked after every day.
Many care recipients need extra care and help within the home, thanks to conditions that affect their balance, or their memory, for example. In these cases, the carer can provide additional personal care, helping your loved one with dressing, bathing and toileting.
What makes Elder different?
At Elder, we don’t simply care about providing help to the elderly in their own homes: we are passionate about enabling the older generation to live life to the full, making the most out of every single day. All of our carers are trained to understand the importance of fresh air, social encounters, moderate exercise and excellent nutrition, which all help the older person to live a more fulfilling life.
We start by working with you to create a bespoke care plan for your loved one, based on their current requirements, but with the understanding that their needs are almost certain to change over time. Then we source a carer who is most likely to ‘gel’ with your loved one.
This may be through shared interests or hobbies, or by selecting someone with the most compatible temperament. We find that this helps to promote excellent bonds between the caregiver and care recipient right from the outset, which tends to lead to the most favourable long-term outcomes.
How much does an Elder live-in carer in Wimbledon cost?
At Elder, we believe in being completely transparent about our costs, which is why you won’t find any unexpected ‘extras’ on our invoice. We charge a simple flat rate of just £770 per week, which represents a saving of approximately 30% over most care home fees.
We may not be expensive, but that doesn’t mean we treat our employees poorly - we understand that our reputation depends on the high quality of our caregivers, which is why we make sure that we pay them above the industry rates.
How can I find out more about Elder live-in care in Wimbledon?
Our friendly and helpful advisors are on hand every day of the week - including Saturdays and Sundays - to take your call, and to answer any questions that you may have about our service. Call us between 8 am and 8 pm for a no-obligation chat, and find out for yourself what makes us different.