With this type of home care services, all that is required is a spare room for the carer to have their own space during breaks and to sleep. A TV for their relaxation and internet access is required so they are able to complete the paperwork required to manage your loved one’s care. The carer will cook their daily meals and eat the same food, with them if they wish.
The carer will need to have a two-hour break in any 24-hour period, which many clients usually find works best when they are resting in the afternoon. If care and support is required during this period, many will have family visit to cover this break, or an hourly care provider to cover this.
24-hour live in care costs are typically in line with a care home, and sometimes less. The weekly cost of receiving quality, award-winning care in a care home can range from £1,600 to £2,000 per week, depending on the level of care provided and the room you choose in the home. If you are a couple, live in care really is a cost-effective option. In a care home you would be charged double for two bedrooms. With live in care there is only a nominal live in care cost if two people receive care at the same address.
With live in care, you have the added value of being able to keep your family home and the fee you pay for your care is purely for the quality support you receive and not the room and board of a residential home.
There may also be help for elderly living at home through healthcare funding or support from your local authority.