How Much Does Live In Care Cost?
How much does live in care cost? With HomeTouch live in care costs on average between £700 and £850 per week, and a short conversation with one of our friendly team will establish your personal needs and your budget.
How much does live in care cost?
When someone is struggling to live alone, safely, in their own home, moving into residential care is not the only alternative.
Live in carers can be an affordable option, but there are lots of things to consider when calculating the costs.
Home is where the heart is, and many people who are elderly or infirm would prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible.
Being close to friends, family and all that is familiar can improve function, well-being, and quality of life. Even so, sometimes it simply isn’t safe for them to manage at home on their own. If this is the case then live in care could offer the answer, but how much does live in care cost and what other considerations are there?
There are a number of different things to consider when you’re calculating the overall cost of care.
Live in care prices can vary enormously depending on where you live, the sort of care your loved one needs and the way in which you employ and source your carer.
It’s important that you don’t just take the hourly or daily rate at face value; think about hidden and forgotten charges when you’re comparing prices. Transport, food, cover for breaks and agency fees can all add up, so it’s a good idea to have all the information to hand so that you can get a true picture of the overall costs involved.
What care is needed?
Live in caregivers can help provide the support your loved one needs to live safely in their own home. Anything from self-care, using the toilet and feeding, to preventing wandering, agitation and distress.
The rates are usually higher for people with complex needs and demands, reflecting the increased carer training and experience required.
Live in carers usually charge a daily, rather than an hourly rate. HomeTouch carers are typically available between the price of £120 and £150 per day, but prices can be negotiated between you and your carer.
Your primary live in carer will typically be with you for 4 to 6 weeks followed by a 1 week break, which will be covered by another care professional.
It’s extremely important to keep your loved one’s primary carer consistent and to choose a care service that prioritises continuity of care.
Food for thought
Your home is your carer’s work place, and there’s unlikely to be a staff cafeteria close at hand. Your caregiver will usually make your loved one snacks and bites to eat, but having another person in the house sharing your food every day, can add up.
Generally, the carer will pay for their own food, although they’re unlikely to say no if you offer them a cup of tea and a biscuit every now and then!
Time for a break
Caring is a tiring job physically and emotionally. Legally as well as practically, your carer will need breaks to rest and recharge their batteries. These breaks will typically add up to 2 hours spread over the course of the day.
Out and about
Usually a carer will cover their own travel costs, and depending on where you live, the right carer might need to travel a long way. If you’ve found a carer who is the perfect fit, but lives more than 20 miles away, then you might need to help with the cost of transport. Again, this can vary from carer to carer.
If your carer is transporting your loved one to appointments or outings, then the fuel and expenses should be paid by you.
Live in carers need a private space to sleep and have time to themselves. Caring for someone on a one-to-one basis can be incredibly intense, and no matter how well you get on, they’ll need some quiet time away too.
Each carer should have a minimum of 8 hours sleep time.
When you’re planning care, it’s vital to be open and honest about your loved one’s needs. If your loved one has restless nights and the caregiver typically has to wake up two or three times a night to tend to your loved one, then this care should be shared between two people to ensure the carers are sufficiently rested to carry on caring safely.
If you need to find quality live in care, the HomeTouch team can help. We can provide you with advice and support, and help you to find a top quality carer in your local area.
Just call 020 7148 0746.
Finding a carer
Using an agency can make life easier when you’re searching for care. They will check references and qualifications, sort the paperwork and arrange cover for breaks, annual leave and sickness. However, agencies can often prove more expensive due to commission and administration charges and you won’t always get the same carer. So, bear this in mind.
With an introduction service like HomeTouch, you can choose your own live in carer and the rate you see is the rate you pay – this means that you know the person and fees in advance, with no unexpected added extras.
Finding the right care for your loved one can be challenging. But with the right caregiver, you know that they can continue to live safely with dignity, in the home that they love.
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- Live in care vs Care home
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- Choosing a live in carer