At Oxford Aunts, we have been providing live-in care for couples to thousands throughout Oxfordshire and beyond for over 50 years, that has enabled them to stay safely and happily at home with all the support they need, not just as individuals, but as a couple.
It can be a worrying time when one or both of you is unable to cope with looking after each other. It may be that your family live too far away to provide the support, comfort and reassurance you both need, which can be concerning for everyone. With live-in care for couples provided by Oxford Aunts you can stay at home together with high-quality care provided by an experienced and dedicated carer that can meet both your individual needs and help you to live a good life together, just as you always have.
LIVE-IN CARE IS BEST FOR COUPLES
Staying together as a couple
Most couples will simply want to stay together and not have to endure a move from a much-loved home into a residential care home, where they may have to be cared for in different parts of the home, particularly if they have different care needs. One of you may be living with a complex condition, like dementia and the other may only have mobility and frailty concerns. In most homes this means one of you on one floor, and the other on another floor. This will result in much of your day being spent apart. Double bedrooms for couples are not commonplace in care homes.
Care homes are expensive for couples
If you have two bedrooms in a care home, there are two charges for the rooms on top of the cost of the care package for each of you. With home care for couples there is one inclusive fee for the carer who lives with you and a small nominal charge to provide care to both of you. It really is a very cost-effective alternative for couples.
Care focused on you both, as and when you need it
One-to-one care just cannot be provided in any care home setting. One carer will be looking after 4-6 other residents, with very different needs so cannot solely focus on you. Whilst a visiting home carer can provide one-to-one care, the time they are afforded when they visit does not allow for the level of care you will receive with live-in care. A live-in carer will be flexible to your needs and wishes, promoting independence, dignity and choice.
An expertly matched carer who provides continuity of care
We have over 50 years’ experience of matching our clients with the most suitable carer to best meet their needs. Where appropriate we will ask for input from family members and make sure the carer and your couples care package meets both your care needs and your lifestyle preferences, so life is enjoyable for you both. A dedicated, well matched carer who is focused on you both to help you live a great life together is difficult to achieve in a care home.
OUR LIVE-IN CARE SERVICE FOR COUPLES
An Oxford Aunts’ experienced and dedicated carer will provide a range of live-in care services to you both in the comfort of your home including:
We know how important companionship is in our later years. Our compassionate and respectful carer will be matched to not only meet your care needs, but we look to match backgrounds and interests. We know this makes for a fulfilling and pleasurable way of life based on friendship and companionship for you both. Whilst respecting your privacy as a couple, our carer is trained to support your psychological and emotional needs too.
Our carers are trained in management of medications, which is so important in supporting someone to live well in later life. They will proactively monitor and administer medications, ensuring they are effectively managed and any prescription required is ready as and when you need it. Peace of mind for everyone.
Whilst personal care relates to undertaking the day-to-day tasks of caring, including washing, bathing and getting dressed and undressed, it also considers a person’s confidence and self-esteem. There is nothing better than having freshly painted nails, or your hair styled how you like it – our carers will make sure you feel tip top every day.
Oxford Aunts carers have a strong understanding of falls prevention and how conditions can impact on mobility. In conjunction with our experienced Care Assessors, and liaison with multi-disciplinary teams, such as Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists, we can ensure you receive the correct equipment at home. This will be life enriching and enable you to feel safe and secure when moving around your home.
Your live-in carer will carefully plan all your meals and will shop for the groceries as needed. They will then cook healthy, nutritious and enjoyable food taking into account both of your likes and dislikes. Many of our clients and carers enjoy cooking together as a shared pastime. Unlike a care home, you will be able to eat as and when you like.
At Oxford Aunts we know how important it is that you keep connected to your local community – whether it is a local community group you have attended for years, a stroll around a much-loved shop or sitting peacefully in a local park – our committed carers will facilitate your enjoyment outside of the home and support you to do as much as you wish.
With isolation a concern as we get older, our proactive carers will facilitate you having visitors as and when you wish. Whether it is a catch up with friends, or a family occasion or celebration our carer will meet all your socialisation needs so you can enjoy life at home.
Our carer will make sure your home is clean, tidy and well-kept to the standards you should expect. Everything from dusting, cleaning, vacuuming, washing and ironing to light garden work – our carer will ensure your home is looking its very best every day.
We know how important a much-loved pet is and how difficult caring for it may be when faced with other health concerns that are impacting day to day life. With an Oxford Aunts carer you can be assured that your pet will be well cared for, whilst you continue getting all the benefits and enjoyment of having your beloved pet with you at home, as you always have.
WHEN CAN LIVE-IN CARE BE USED?
The flexible live-in care for couples provided by Oxford Aunts can be used in many different situations, to support on-going care needs including:
When a person needs a 24-hour live-in care because ageing and health limitations mean they need around the clock care and support to continue to have a good quality of life.
A respite service can be provided on a live-in basis following hospital discharge to convalesce or for those needing positive rehabilitation or to recover from illness. We know how challenging it can be for a family carer supporting a loved one and sometimes a break is all that is needed to rest and recharge. Our respite service can give you the break you need whilst you see whether 24-hour live-in care would work for you and your family.
Specialist care of complex conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s or cancer can be supported with live-in care on a one-to-one basis where there is more opportunity for high-quality care to be provided. You really do not need to move into a care home if you have a complex condition.
If you need end-of-life palliative care this can also be provided as a live-in care service in the comfort of your home, negating the need to move into a residential setting or a hospice. Our carers make sure a person’s health needs are met whilst ensuring they have all their wishes, choices and preferences met.
OUR HIGH-QUALITY LIVE-IN CARE SERVICE INCLUDES:
A comprehensive assessment of your both of your needs– our assessment will address not just your care needs but how you wish to live your life, as individuals and as a couple.
Careful matching of an experienced and dedicated carer who will meet all your needs
A highly tailored care plan created using a multidisciplinary approach in consultation with other healthcare professionals and community organisations involved in your care, as well as where appropriate your family members or loved ones.
Unrivalled support from a team of two care management experts local to you
Domestic and household tasks
Cooking, meal planning, shopping and preparation
24-hours a day out-of-hours emergency support should you need it
CHOOSING A CARE PROVIDER
When you and your family have decided that you do not wish your loved one to move into a care home, but that live-in care is the best choice for you, the next stage is undertake research into the type of provider you could use to deliver the service.
There are fundamental differences between an introduction agency and a live-in care provider who offers a fully managed and regulated service, like Oxford Aunts. We are proud to have been rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in all five measures – safe, caring, effective, responsive and well-led. We know this provides families with peace of mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.