A Live-in au pair | to support the elderly

Live-in au pair to the elderly

We describe the role of live-in au pair to the elderly as; Elderly Home Care “Lite”.

Why not A Live-in au pair as a personal assistant to the elderly?

Live-in Companion is a good comparison.

Very similar to that of companionship. Delivering sharper eyes and ears, the strength of youth a car driver, and person to chat with. Actually a friend and mate.

They can also- (informally) take on the role similar to that of a conventional carer. Delivering  – Personal care, washing bathing and so -forth.

Care for the Elderly

The concept of an au pair to live in with an elderly person/s  is nothing new see article in https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2190111/Au-pairs-elderly-Squeezed-middle-classes-turn-untrained-help-struggle-care.html     Read On:-

Aj, UK, 6 years ago

As a Registered Childminder, this sounds like an excellent idea. If the Government Registered the Practice and offered Tax Breaks to help with the cost, as well as Training in line with the needs of Vulnerable Adults and Government Guidelines; then there’s no reason why we couldn’t have Quality Home-Based Care for Adults as we do now for Children.

Tynes, Oxford, UK, 6 years ago

Great idea

Compared to the outrageous costs of ‘care’ homes – where residents are forced to pay in the region of £600 and upwards a week for indifferent ‘care’ and are often mistreated, lonely and neglected. An Au Pair type of person, caring for the elderly person in their own home seems by far the better solution.

If elderly people need medical care, they will be in hospital – free – and possibly get the care they need. This solution is for those who simply need a bit of an eye keeping on them, companionship and a hand with looking after themselves.

A far better way of dealing with the problem of elderly care if families are unable to provide it themselves – or as an extra pair of hands if the elderly person is in the family home It also provides jobs – and takes the profits away from large impersonal ‘care’ providers. A win-win situation for all concerned I’d have thought

I am 90 years old. I have had Au pairs living in and looking after me for 5 years. Turkish, Polish and Hungarian and most of them are still dear friends now. The secret is to treat them as a family member from the start. Pay for them to have professional English lessons and look upon them as adopted daughters.

Six months is the usual contract time but we celebrate my present carer’s stay of 12 months this month. Do not expect or ask for medical care. Take them on visits that you are making. Try not to be too rigid with time off and money arrangements.

Treat them fairly and as friends and they will respond. They are not servants, they are young vulnerable and trusting. Give them your trust. I have happy memories and they have given me and my family independence.

For heaven’s sake don’t let the government find out about au pairs for the elderly – they’ll insist on all sorts of checks and medical training and traps as yet un-thought of – and they’ll probably tax them. In my area there are a couple of au pairs for the elderly, it ‘s brilliant. The older person stays at home – hooray – families are less stressed – hooray – and the local medical centre sorts the drugs, etc out as they would if the person was able-bodied – the perfect solution – DON”T TELL THE GOVERNMENT.

It’s an excellent idea. We have an au pair and she is truly part of the family. She isn’t paid very much (£90 per week for 30 hours of babysitting and housework),

But from her point of view, she has a far better standard of living than if she had a minimum wage job and was living in a shared flat or house and paying bills.

If my Mum was old and infirm I would trust our au pair far more than a care assistant who we would know little about. Medical training is neither here nor there. What is needed (as for childcare) is common sense, a warm personality, and good character.

Considering the so-called care’ provided by various homes, supposedly by expertly trained staff, ordinary ‘un-trained’ people will do a better job provided they have English skills if medical help is needed. In the various hospitals/ institutions/ lack of pay is often quoted for bad care….there are other jobs if they feel that personal care and compassion are beneath them.

I used to work in a nursing home whilst studying, and I’ll tell you what.-although some carers try their absolute best, from what I experienced I would NEVER EVER put my parent or grandparent into a nursing/care home!

All those who think ‘yeah, I have private care sorted I’ll be alright’…think again…no matter how much you pay the level of ‘care’ is still the same as the staff is still paid and treated the same…minimal pay and care.

If I have to give up work to care or put an extension on my house and get occasional home help, then so be it, but I’ll be damned if I put a relative into a home.

Care homes are a disgusting creation and I welcome this idea of au pairs for the elderly. The only time I agree is if there’s a nursing need, and even then, there are community nurses.

Care homes and nursing homes are too expensive and the care given is rarely ANY good. They have too many patients and not enough carers because the council will not pay the full amount of fees. Here in Torbay they only pay around £300 a week and most homes cannot afford to keep the heating on let alone staff. The whole system needs a massive change but saying that this idea of “nannies” is a really good idea, for I would never go into a home.

John in Crete, Chania  I believe that most of Europe look after their elderly relatives and it is only Britain who lags behind. A survey would make this clear then the media would not have to guess and then the truth might get printed….for a change.

Brilliant in its simplicity. Families no longer live in homes large enough to accommodate an elderly relative on the ground floor. I’d be more than happy with this type of arrangement. Private carers dropping in for a few minutes with no empathy for the client is not a preferable option for me. Live-in companions have been around for generations, I don’t understand the sudden criticism unless it’s coming from care agencies who are losing revenue.

So, can a live-in Au pair be a personal assistant to an elderly person?  Yes, we think so and so do so daily mail readers too!