At The Good Care Group, we know through our experience in helping many families to plan convalescent care that the costs can be a significant consideration. Our expert Care Advisors are here to help you make sense of the costs of convalescent care so that you get the support you need to recover and rehabilitate in the comfort of home.
The costs of convalescent care are determined by the type of care you need and whether you require any specialist complex care. Here you’ll find all the information you need on the costs of receiving convalescent care in your home.
What is convalescent care?
Convalescent care is for people who have received hospital treatment following surgery or an acute illness and need care and support to rest, recover and rehabilitate. In most cases, care is provided as short-term care or intermediate care, although depending on the severity nurse-led care or complex care may be required.
Post-operative rehabilitation and convalescent care are focused on making you comfortable to enhance your recovery. This includes supporting you to rebuild life skills, confidence and independence to enable you to live life well with an improved quality of life. Convalescent care after surgery will involve achieving clear goals over a specific time period, enabling you to get back to the life you have always had.
How much does convalescent care cost?
Convalescent care costs can 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, convalescent home care costs are typically equal to – if not less than – a residential care home.
Live-in convalescent 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.
The costs of convalescent care at home are determined through a comprehensive home assessment. One of our care managers will meet with you and your family to discuss your convalescent 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.
What does the cost of convalescent care cover?
- A comprehensive assessment of your care and support needs
- A convalescent care plan outlining clear goals and the support you need to achieve them
- A falls management plan to ensure safe mobility in and around the home
- Dedicated support from our in-house Occupational Therapist through our OT-led service
- Managing and administering medications
- Companionship as and when you need it
- Providing discreet and sensitive personal care
- Specialist nurse-led care through our nurse-led service
- Planning and cooking meals
- Facilitating social arrangements in the home
- Trips and visits out of the home in your local community
- Domestic tasks
- Caring for your much-loved pet
Home is best for convalescent care
Many people believe that when they need short term convalescent care, they must move to a residential care home. Live-in convalescent care delivered by an experienced live-in carer, supported by clinical experts, is a real alternative.
Convalescent care from The Good Care Group allows a person to be cared for on a one-to-one basis in the comfort and familiarity of their own home with their family around them for support. According to a recent survey conducted by the Live-in Care Hub, 67% of people given the choice would want to stay in their own home to receive the care they need. Convalescent care can provide this and much more.
What are the benefits of convalescent care?
- Enhancing recovery and well-being: Convalescent care addresses all the physical, emotional and practical needs of someone recuperating from a fall, illness or medical procedure. The goal of convalescent care is to return you to a position where you no longer need care on a regular basis.
- Provides relief from pain and other symptoms: Support with effective pain, medication and symptom management allows people to maintain their independence and comfort during the recovery process.
- Mobility support: Carers are expertly trained in mobility training, so they are well equipped to help you move around safely both inside and outside the home. A convalescent carer will be more than happy to accompany you during hobbies or activities so that you can maintain the lifestyle you enjoy.
- Emotional support for both the patient and their family: Convalescent care can help the entire family navigate the emotional and psychological challenges of the recovery process.
- Avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions: Having a professional carer there to monitor and identify any changes in a person’s health has been shown to reduce infections, slips and falls and hospital readmissions.
Funding the cost of convalescent care
There may be care funding available to you to receive an hourly or live-in convalescent service, depending on your financial circumstances and your care needs. Your local authority will only fund care at home (referred to as social funding) if your assets are worth less than £23,500.
If you are assessed and have an identified healthcare need, you may be eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare funding organised by your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to support you in receiving care in your own home.
Many families are faced with having to fund the care they receive 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 Equity Release schemes.
Why choose The Good Care Group?
Expertly trained carers
All our professional carers must complete our leading training programme before they care for our clients. Our programme has been created with leading charities and clinical experts to go beyond mandatory requirements in the care sector. Carers are equipped to provide high-quality care and support for those living with specialist conditions. Our carers never stop learning new skills to further enhance the care they provide.
Continuity of care
Unlike an introductory home care agency, we employ our carers directly. This means they are as committed to us, as we are to them. Carers enjoy the security of being employed, which means they stay with us longer. For families, this means that you get the continuity and consistency of the same care team caring for your loved one. High-quality care can be achieved with improved outcomes and no disruption to your loved one’s life.
In-house clinical experts
We have a dedicated team of in-house clinical experts. This includes a specialist consultant nurse. Our management team consists of nursing professionals. They guide our carers to provide safe and effective nurse-led care at home.
We also have our own in-house Occupational Therapist (OT) who works closely with healthcare professionals and our care teams. Our OT provides guidance and advice that enables people to live well in their own homes with any equipment they need. These experts lead, monitor and support our care teams to deliver best practice nurse-led care at home.
A fully-managed service
Families benefit from our fully managed service delivered by care experts. This means you do not need to worry about supervising and managing the carer looking after your loved one. Families do not have the burden of managing the care arrangement themselves.
Our professional carers are supervised by an experienced Care Manager and supported by clinical experts. We provide this support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We invest in our care management team to ensure they have enough time to give the support everyone needs.
Local teams with national coverage
We believe Convalescent care is best delivered when it’s local to you. We operate throughout England and Scotland with dedicated Care Managers who only have a small number of local clients to support. This means they can provide higher levels of monitoring and support than other home care providers.
Talk to us about your convalescent care needs
Our friendly and experienced team is here to help you and your family make sense of the options available to you. Call us today – we will help you every step of the way.