Getting older doesn’t have to mean a loss of independence or leaving the comfort of your home. With private elderly care in the home, you can remain in the place you feel most comfortable with some extra support. Elderly care in your own home is growing in popularity and with the help of direct payments from local councils, you can have more control over your own care.
PrimeCarers is an introductory service that helps you to find the best private carers in your area. All the carers on our platform have already been background and DBS checked so that when you hire someone you can focus on personality over paperwork.
If you think elderly care might be for you then you can call our team on 0203 369 3624 or enter your postcode or location to see what carers we have available in your area.
What is elderly Care?
Elderly care is the providing of assistance or facilities to support the daily living of the elderly. Elderly care should work around an individual's life and schedule to cause as little inconvenience as possible. An elderly carer could help you with:
- Personal and continence care - This category includes showering, toileting, dressing and changing pads if required.
- Medication reminders - Reminding your loved one to take their medication at the correct times of the day.
- General housework - Cooking, cleaning, shopping and all the other tasks that your loved one might be struggling with.
- Companionship care - Making time to have a cup of tea and a chat with your loved one to help ease feelings of loneliness.
- Clinical care - Provisioning specialist support for managing colostomy bags, stomas or ventilators to name a few.
- Moving and Handling - Operating lifts and hoists to help you or your loved one move around the house.
Who is elderly care for?
Care comes in three main types so depending on what help with elderly care you need there is probably a solution that can work for your unique situation. We’ve listed a few examples of the sort of scenarios that we help people with regularly:
- Light Housework - The first stage of care might be someone needing a bit of help around the house and some companionship for a few hours a week.
- Daily Care - If you or your loved one is struggling to remember to take medication and cook meals then a carer visiting two to three times a day can help manage the situation.
- 24 Hour Care - If you or your loved one are requiring more intensive care and are no longer safe when left alone then a live-in carer can be much more cost-effective than a care home and allow you to remain in the home you love.
How much does elderly care cost?
The answer to this question depends on how much care you are looking for but broadly care falls into one of three categories.
- Hourly Care (under 6 hours) - £14-18/hr
- Shift Care (6 hours or more) - £12-16/hr
- Live-in Care (Carer sleeps in a spare room) - £110-150/day
At PrimeCarers we allow carers to set their own prices so that they are always rewarded fairly for their skills and years of experience. The above prices are the common price ranges for care on the site. When you work with traditional agencies or other providers the costs may be higher than this.
Paying for elderly care
There are a couple of potential ways to pay for elderly care ranging from local councils to the NHS. We’ve covered all of the details in our cost of care guide so start there if you need additional help paying for elderly care.
How does elderly care work with PrimeCarers?
If you want to start exploring your options with PrimeCarers the first step is to put your postcode or location into the search box at the top of the page and see what carers are available in your local area. You can filter carers by specialist skills, price or distance from you.
After you’ve found a few carers that you think will suit your requirements then you can click the “Contact Carer” button to send them a message. You’ll need to verify your email address but then you can exchange phone numbers and chat as much as you’d like. While you’re chatting make sure to explain your requirements and your schedule. When you’ve narrowed your choices down by who is available to help at the times that you need you can invite the carers for an interview of up to an hour for free.
In order to invite a carer for an interview, we require that you enter a set of bank card details. This is a way to safeguard carers on the platform so that we have a line of identity back to who booked the visit.
If the interview was a success then you can agree and book your visits straight on the PrimeCarers platform. Your carer will arrive for the booked visits and we’ll collect payment from your card 24 hours later in case there were any problems.
You can call our team on 0203 369 3624 to see if elderly care is the right option for you.