According to Age UK, there are 1.4 million lonely older people in England and many more across the rest of the UK. As we get older, the loss of a spouse, health conditions, mobility issues or simply living far away from family and friends can lead to loneliness and social isolation in older adults.
Companionship care is when a professional carer comes and lives with you or visits you at home to provide companionship, care and support. Your companion carer will focus on helping you to live comfortably and independently whilst providing companionship and emotional support to help you through life’s ups and downs.
Here we explore the cost of companionship care so that you and your family have all the information you need to plan for your care.
How much does companionship care cost?
The cost of companionship care at home can vary based on several factors, such as the level of care you require and the frequency of visits. If you or your loved one has specific health needs that demand clinical support from a nurse-led carer, additional fees may apply.
Live-in companionship care from The Good Care Group starts at £1,295 per week for full-time care from six hours a day. Other options are available for different levels of care.
Companionship care is not only cost-effective but often more affordable than residential care options. What makes companionship care at home so beneficial is the opportunity to receive dedicated and professional care from an experienced caregiver who is exclusively focused on providing companionship and support to your loved one. Achieving this personalised one-on-one care can be challenging in even the most reputable residential care settings.
Contact our friendly team to arrange a free home care assessment. One of our trusted Care Advisors will meet with you and your family to discuss your care needs and how we can support you and your family. We then know exactly what you require so that you have an accurate cost to help with planning and financing the care arrangement.
Our prices are always transparent and never include any hidden fees. Since we are a fully managed and regulated care provider, you also won’t have to worry about agency fees.
What does the cost of companionship care cover?
- A comprehensive assessment of your care needs
- Personalised plan of care developed in partnership with our team of clinical experts
- A carefully matched care team led by an expert regional Care Manager
- Meal planning, household tasks and domestic support
- Socialisation and companionship
- Medication management and administration
- Pet care
- Access to clinical expertise and medical support
- Specialist support and expertise – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
How is companionship care at home provided?
Within London companionship care can be provided from a 60-minute visit a day for a minimum of three times per week. Our service is flexible so you can have as many hours and visits as you require to make sure you have the support and companionship you need to live well.
If you have complex needs, care can be provided over a 24-hour period. Companionship care can also be provided by us as a live-in care arrangement if a more permanent service is required. For families looking for someone to cover the absence of their usual carer or to provide new opportunities for socialisation for their loved ones, respite care is also available.
Available funding for companionship care
The costs of companionship care at home are determined through a comprehensive home assessment. One of our Care Advisors will meet with you and your family to discuss your care needs and how we can create a holistic care package to meet them. With a better understanding of your care and support requirements, we can provide you with transparent pricing for the weekly cost of care – with no hidden costs.
Companionship care costs may be higher than other types of home care services if any complex care or clinical care tasks are required. However, it’s important to note that opting for live-in care could still be more cost-effective than domiciliary care, which often requires additional costs for complex care needs. Additionally, live-in care costs are typically equal to – if not less than – a residential care home.
Many families are faced with having to fund home care services themselves (referred to as self-funding care). For these families, there are options to help finance care at home, including a Care Fees Annuity or an Equity Release scheme.
In Scotland, both social care funding and nursing care funding are accessed through your local authority and are free to those who are assessed as needing it.
Talk to us about your companionship care needs
If you’d like to find out more about how companionship care can support you or a loved one, get in touch with us today. Our friendly client services team will be happy to talk through your current care needs and find a solution that’s right for you.
Contact us today – we will help you every step of the way.