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What type of elderly care we offer & how to choose the right one for your family member

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At Guardian Carers we offer carer, companion and housekeeping services to people all over the UK and beyond. Our specialists have been helping families with a wide range of elderly care needs and we can help you too. Keep reading to find out what type of elderly care we offer and how to choose the right one for your family member.

We tailor each search to suit our clients, as we believe that each home is unique and therefore will have different needs. We specialise in quality elderly care services, over 85% of our service users being older adults and elderly people.

In our years in the care industry, we have dedicated ourselves to perfecting our elderly care services. Our replacement rate, which is as low as 5%, attests to our promise for excellent elderly care services.

What type of elderly care we offer

What type of elderly care do we offer?

So, what type of elderly care do we offer at Guardian Carers? Our services range from full-time to part-time care or live-in to live-out care. Our elderly carers can be hired on a temporary basis or a permanent basis. Our most in-demand services are:

  • Live-in care
  • Full-time care
  • Bilingual care
  • Part-time care
  • Temporary live-in care

We specialise in many types of elderly care. Over half of our clients reach out to us to find elderly dementia and Alzheimer’s care. We also provide other types of specialist elderly care such as:

  • Parkinson’s care
  • Multiple sclerosis care
  • Cancer care
  • Arthritis care
  • Cerebral palsy care
  • Spinal injury care

Of course, these are just some of the types of elderly care that we offer. We guarantee to find the right carer to suit any conditions your family member may have or any sort of needs and requirements.

This is because we customise your elderly care search to your family member’s needs. This way, they will benefit from a bespoke elderly care service, tailored to their unique needs and requirements. At Guardian Carers we believe that every person is unique and they deserve to have elderly care that will enhance their lives and support their independence.

The way we do this is by firstly finding out all the necessary information about your family member in your initial call with one of our specialist care consultants. During this call, they will get to know medical information, specific needs and requirements, likes and dislikes, hobbies and interests as well as your expectations from an elderly carer.

As mentioned above, our specialist consultants tailor the search to match these criteria exactly. They recruit candidates especially for the role, bearing in mind all your specifications. The consultants do all the work for you - which is why you will realise how lucky you are to have found Guardian Carers.

They select candidates and interview them, checking their experience, skills and qualifications, at the same time making sure that they have the right personality to fit the role as well. They will also verbally verify their references and perform an enhanced DBS check, also known as a Police check. This ensures that the candidate has a clean record and is safe to work in your family member’s home.

How to choose the right elderly care for your family member?

Now that you know what type of elderly care we offer and how we can support you in your search, we will run through some key points you need to keep in mind when choosing the right elderly care for your family member.

1. Assess your family member’s needs

In order to choose the right elderly care for your family member, you would first need to know all of their needs and requirements. For instance:

  • Does your family member suffer from a particular condition?
  • Does your family member take medication?
  • Does your family member have a specific meal plan?
  • What are your family member’s needs?
  • What are their likes and dislikes? How about hobbies?
  • Do they need 24-hour care or less?
  • Is their care likely to increase or decrease in the future?

These are just a few questions which you should have the answers to. Knowing these answers will allow you to make the right decision when looking into hiring elderly care for your family member. Do not forget that a doctor or other medical professional can help you make an assessment for your family member.

2. Include your family member in the decision-making process

This is a point which should certainly not be overlooked. Including your family member in choosing their elderly care is essential. Even if they have lost their cognitive functions, you should do your best to make them feel included, even if it’s just regarding the little things. It will make a world of difference.

3. Make sure to conduct your own interviews with prospective candidates

With an elderly care agency such as Guardian Carers, you will have the unique opportunity to interview the prospective candidates yourself, either face to face or via video call. You can even have your family member join you or invite other members of your family who are involved in making this decision.

4. Ensure that the candidate is the right person for your family member

This last point may seem quite obvious but it can often be overlooked. When it comes to your family member’s elderly care, whether it’s short-term or long-term, this will be a decision which will have an impact on their life.

Choosing the right candidate, making sure that they tick all the boxes, in terms of skills and experience but also in terms of personality is essential in ensuring that your family member has the right person next to them and is well looked after.

Guardian Carers can ensure that we will provide your family members with the quality elderly care they deserve. Whether they only need an elderly companion or a live-in elderly carer, we will be there to support you and them all through this process.

If you would like to speak to one of our specialist consultants who can help in finding the perfect elderly care for your family member, do not hesitate to reach us on 0207 183 1395. We are here to help.

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