What is live-in care?
Live-in care is an excellent option if you’ve noticed that your elderly loved one is not coping well in their own home. Perhaps they are struggling with memory problems, or are becoming increasingly frail and unable to deal with the demands of running a home.
Rather than considering a move into residential care, live-in care allows them to remain in their own familiar surroundings, with friends and neighbours close at hand, facilitated by a carer, who performs a variety of tasks that enable them to continue enjoying life to the full.
Why is live-in care a better option than residential care in Winchester?
No matter how wonderful the care home, there are some elderly people who simply will not countenance the idea of moving out of their much-loved homes, which they may have spent many years improving and enjoying. Many of our care recipients have gardens that they have lovingly tended for many years, while others have pets that a care home would be unable to accommodate.
With a live-in carer, there’s no need to part with pets, gardens, or any of the treasures and mementoes built up over many decades. Rather than downsizing, a live-in carer moves into the home, facilitating your loved one at every turn, to enable them to enjoy all of their favourite pastimes and hobbies.
Whether your loved one lives in Winchester itself, or one of the surrounding villages, such as Sparsholt, Easton or Chilcomb, a live-in carer will ensure that they are able to get out and about whenever they choose, without having to request permission or wait for staff to become available.
Who can benefit from live-in care in Winchester?
Any elderly person, or couple, struggling to cope alone in their own homes, can benefit from an Elder live-in carer. We provide everything from simple companion care, right through to care for people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, and everything in between.
Some of our care recipients just need a live-in carer for a period of respite care, after surgery or illness, for example. Sometimes, one member of a couple needs assistance that their spouse is simply unable to provide, and in these cases, a live-in carer can make a huge difference to a couple’s ability to enjoy life.
The carer will perform any task necessary to enable your loved one to continue living in their own home, from help with the housework, laundry, gardening and pet care, through to more complex personal care tasks, such as assistance with bathing, dressing and toileting.
How can live-in care keep my loved one safe and comfortable in Winchester?
Many elderly people are nervous about living alone, fearful of unscrupulous callers and thieves, who often deliberately target the older generation, seeing them as weak and vulnerable. Simply having another adult on the premises can provide great peace of mind, both for you and your loved one.
Many of our clients feel that they can relax in the knowledge that a responsible carer is on hand throughout every day and night, who is able to cope with any emergencies that may arise.
The live-in carer will ensure that your loved one stays up-to-date with medical appointments, whether at St Paul’s Medical Practice, the St Clement’s Partnership or the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. They will pick up prescriptions and make sure that all medications are dispensed in a timely and appropriate manner, and will encourage your loved one to get some fresh air and exercise, according to their physical ability.
This may be a stroll around the stalls at the Farmers’ Market, or perhaps a gentle walk alongside the River Itchen on a sunny day, followed by a delicious afternoon tea at the Winchester Royal.
Creating a good bond of friendship and trust is paramount, which is why, at Elder, we take the time to carefully match the caregiver to the care recipient. We find that plenty of common ground, such as shared interests, pastimes and hobbies, helps both parties to bond quickly, leading to a lifelong friendship, in most cases.
In the extremely unlikely event that your loved one is not delighted with their live-in carer, we will immediately source a replacement, to ensure their complete satisfaction and happiness.
How much does live-in care in Winchester cost?
The cost of Elder live-in care is just £770 per week, with a guarantee of no hidden extras or unexpected costs. When you compare this to the average price of a place in a care home, opting for an Elder live-in carer represents a saving of around 30%, or even more if the carer is looking after a couple in their own home.
We may be cheaper than residential care, but that doesn’t mean that we skimp on our employee salaries. We pay above the industry rates, to ensure that our staff are happy too.
How do I find out more?
At Elder, we are absolutely passionate about enabling older people to enjoy their lives to the full, and we’re always keen to spread the word about our fantastic live-in care service.
You can speak to one of our friendly and helpful customer care advisors between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week, where we will be happy to discuss our live-in care service with you, and talk through any worries or concerns that you might have.
There’s no hard sell, and there’s absolutely no obligation to take it any further, so call us today to discover the difference that an Elder live-in carer could make to your loved one’s life.