Care & Support For The Elderly – The Care Home Alternative


Live in Home Care vs Care Homes

Clearly the news that we are facing another lockdown came as a blow for many this weekend and we are preparing our care team and the head office support staff for the next challenging four weeks. We usually see an increase in enquiries for live-in as well as visiting companion carers at this time of year, and we are very pleased to say that we are helping more people than ever to stay in their own home.

We want to reassure you that our clients will be safe with us for this second lockdown and we are dealing with each family separately to ensure their concerns are met.

Everyone deserves to be cared for at this time of year especially after the challenges this year has brought to so many.  If you know someone vulnerable who may be facing into this second lockdown with fear, then do please encourage their families to call us and we will do our utmost to help.

Some of you know that Our Managing Director, Trudi Scrivener is a founding member of the Live-In Care Hub, a national not for profit organisation  committed to raising the quality of care in the UK by giving people the opportunity to be cared for at home. It is an impartial information resource and all its participating care providers share the vision to enlighten everyone on the benefits of live in care and we guarantee the best standards of care.  The hub has been an active organisation during this pandemic, proactively working with care homes which have struggled during the year, to help as many people stay at home as possible.

The Live-In Care Hub recently undertook a survey amongst its member organisations and the results confirmed that Home is the safest place to be right now Throughout the pandemic there has been a high rate of infection and deaths in care homes and many residents have been and continue to be isolated in their rooms to stop the virus spreading. This is incredibly upsetting for residents and family alike.

Numerous studies and in particular the Better at Home report by the Live-In Care Hub evidenced that 99% of live in clients say the care and support they receive helps them have a better quality of life.  It is much harder for care homes to give one to one care and on average it’s rare to have three hours a day with one person in a care home whereas a live-in carer is a constant companion.

It is so sad that there are so many visiting restrictions for people living in care homes, whereas having a live-in carer means you can have visitors safely in your own home on your terms.  Carers offer companionship and support during this difficult time and I know from all the stories I’ve heard first hand from my carers that their presence made a real difference.

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Ashridge Home care  is a multi award winning, family owned, specialist live-in home care provider. Based in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire providing services across the South East of England. Our services include 24-hour live-in home care, visiting hourly care , specialist care and urgent care services.