Universal Care help elderly couple stay together

Private care agency Universal Care, based in Beaconsfield, are helping an elderly couple stay together in their own home despite complex care needs.

Most of us want to live independent lives in our own homes for as long as possible and receiving care in your own home is an increasingly common alternative to moving into a care home. Depending on your needs, you can receive help and support that allows you to stay in your own home avoiding any upheaval. It can also be a more economical alternative to residential care.

Ken Poyton from Marlow, turned a hundred last July and lives with his wife Elsie, who has advanced dementia. Ken says; “We have a live-in carer who looks after us very well and then support workers come in three times a day to help with the hoist that Elsie needs to get in and out of bed”.

Ken’s recent deterioration in eye sight and hearing means he has become increasingly reliant on the service provided by Universal Care and feels that they are lucky to still be in their own home considering Elsie’s condition.

“We did look at a couple of residential homes but they could only offer us separate bedrooms. Elsie wants me to be with her. She wants to know that I’m going to be in the bed along side her at night”.

“I came to the conclusion after looking at the care homes that they weren’t for us and thank goodness we found Universal Care. They have made it possible for Elsie and me to stay together. I don’t know what I would have done otherwise. I couldn’t have gone into a care home. I would have advertised for someone in the end, but then you don’t know who you’re getting”.

Even if you’re recovering from an operation, or need help with long-term care like Ken and Elsie, Universal Care offer a variety of services, provided by carefully selected, fully-trained carers in order to help you stay in your own home.