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Providing exceptional home care for elderly people across Scotland

The Good Care Group specialise in providing quality “live-in” care at home for elderly people across Scotland. With Live In care from the Good Care Group one of our carers lives with your loved one in their home and provides round-the-clock one-on-one personal care.

The Good Care Group is a UK wide care provider with offices and care teams from Kent to Morayshire. We have won more awards for our care than any other live in care provider - a selection of which can be seen below.

We are regulated by the Care Inspectorate who in our most recent inspection (July 2019) rated us as "Excellent (6)" for the Quality of care and support  and "Very Good (5)" for our Quality of staffing.

Care tailored to the needs of your loved one

With carers located across Scotland we can provide professional, bespoke 1-2-1 care to your loved one in their home, allowing elderly people with conditions such as Dementia, Parkinson’s and terminal illness amongst others to stay at home in familiar surroundings with a regular carer, rather than moving into a care home. Costs for live in care arrangements are comparable to typical costs for good care homes in Scotland but with many benefits and a better overall quality of care. We are very fortunate in that, due to the live-in nature of our care, we are able to provide a completely person-centred care package with all the specific outcomes you and your family may need.

Our approach to matching carers to clients is consultative and sets us apart from other home care providers in Scotland and nursing homes. We take great care in placing carers with our clients based on their personality and interests so your loved one will feel comfortable being cared for and sharing their home with their chosen carer. We never use agency staff to cover our carers so our clients never have to worry about unfamiliar faces in their homes.

To help decide whether live in home care may be suitable for your elderly family member please call and speak to one of our highly trained advisors on 0131 3412 893 or complete the enquiry form on this page and one of our advisors will get back to you. After an initial phone consultation we will put you in touch with one of our local Scotland care team who will make arrangements to discuss your care requirements in more detail.

Free personal and nursing care

Free personal care is available for everyone aged 65 and over in Scotland who have been assessed by the local authority as needing it.

Free nursing care is available for people of any age who have been assessed as requiring nursing care services.

Finding the Care That is Right For You: Information about care services to support older people living in Scotland

If you have been assessed as needing personal and nursing care you will receive this regardless of income, capital assets, or marital or civil partner status. However, if you live in a residential care home you will need to contribute towards your remaining accommodation costs.

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  • Personal care services

    To receive personal care services from your local authority, or receive payments to allow you to choose who will provide the services to you, you should contact your local social work services department to have your care needs assessed. The types of personal care provided will vary according to your assessed care needs.

    If you live in a care home the local authority will assess whether you need these services. If the local authority agrees that you should receive personal care, your local authority will pay £177 per week (new rate from April 1, 2019) on your behalf directly to your care provider. Payments of free personal and nursing care made by the local authority direct to the care provider are not liable to income tax.

    The local social work services will assess you for:

    • Personal Hygiene - Bathing, showering, hair washing, shaving, oral hygiene, nail care
    • Continence Management - Toileting, catheter/stoma care, skin care, incontinence laundry, bed changing
    • Food and Diet - Assistance with the preparation of food and assistance with the fulfilment of special dietary needs
    • Problems with Immobility - Dealing with the consequences of being immobile or substantially immobile
    • Counselling and Support - Behaviour management, psychological support, reminding devices
    • Simple Treatments - Assistance with medication (including eye drops), application of creams and lotions, simple dressings, oxygen therapy
    • Personal Assistance - Assistance with dressing, surgical appliances, prostheses, mechanical and manual aids. Assistance to get up and go to bed. Transfers including the use of a hoist

    The following care services may be chargeable:

    • Help with housework
    • Laundry
    • Shopping
    • Services outwith your home such as day care centres or lunch clubs
    • Cost of supplying food or prepared meals is chargeable, but support with preparing meals will be provided free

    The council can arrange these services but they are subject to a financial assessment.​​​

  • Nursing care services

    If you live in a care home or require care at home and are assessed as needing nursing care services, your local authority will pay £80 per week (with effect from April 1, 2019) on your behalf directly to your care provider or to you directly under Option 1 (Direct Payments) of Self Directed Support.

  • Attendance allowance

    If you receive free personal care at home you are eligible for attendance allowance, however, if you are in a care home and chose to receive free personal care payments you will no longer be eligible for attendance allowance after 28 days.

    You must inform the Department for Work and Pensions of your change in circumstances on 08457 123 456.

    If you only receive free nursing care payments your eligibility for benefits will not be affected. Further information on benefits is available from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Self directed support

The Scottish Parliament passed the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 so people who are eligible for social care support can get greater choice and control over how they receive these services. This means care services can be 'personalised' to your individual needs and wishes.

Self-directed support (SDS) allows people to choose how their support is provided to them by giving them as much ongoing control as they want over the individual budget spent on their support.

Options for self-directed support

Although direct payments have been around for some time, councils now have a legal duty to offer 4 options to people who have been assessed as needing a community care service:

  • Option 1 - a direct payment, which is a payment to a person or third party to purchase their own support
  • Option 2 - the person directs the available support
  • Option 3 - the local council arranges the support
  • Option 4 - a mix of the above

You will be able to choose one of the four options above regarding your care. 

Information on these options can be found at Self-directed Support in Scotland. See website ​​​​​​

  • “We have just visited home and are most impressed with all the hard work and excellent care that Helen is doing.”

    Mrs E, Castle Douglas

  • “It was easier to apply than I imagined and I was made to feel welcome from Day 1”


  • “Angela is a star - professional, adaptable, calm, perceptive, with a huge heart. Nothing is too much trouble and I feel reassured leaving my mother in her capable hands. I would not hesitate to recommend The Good Care Group to anyone.”

    Mr C Drake

  • “We turned to The Good Care Group after being severely let down by a home care agency, and we have been glad that we did so. Not only were the care team trained and experienced to support dementia, they took time to understand its impact on both my mother and father and their relationship. My parents are now able to live a peaceful life at home, despite the dementia and physical issues of older age, with warm-hearted caring individuals who have now become very much part of our family.”

    Ms D P Perkins

Meet our Scotland home care team

Welcome to the Good Care Group's Scotland home care services page.

My team of live-in home carers across Scotland have gained a fantastic reputation for providing the highest quality care to the elderly and dementia sufferers, so if you have a loved one anywhere in Scotland we'd be glad to discuss your needs in more detail and to help you decide whether a 24 hour live-in carer may be suitable. Feel free to call one of the team on 0131 3412 893 and we'd be happy to assist you.

Talk to us about your care needs

To talk about your care needs contact one of our friendly advisors. Calls from landline are free.