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Cost of live-in care
We understand that the cost of care is a major consideration when looking for later life support options, which is why we believe it's important to help our clients develop an understanding of the services they'll receive when paying for care.
For an immediate estimate of live-in care costs, we recommend you call one of our friendly advisors on 020 3728 7577. Lines are open on evenings and weekends and we'll be more than happy to talk you through how our fees work.
How much does live-in care cost?
The Good Care Group’s live-in care fees are usually comparable to those of a care home; however, the care we provide is quite different. Our clients benefit from a full-time home care service that is proven to improve health and wellbeing.
The Good Care Group’s live-in care fees cover your entire service, including the arrangement, delivery and management of your care. Unlike care homes, there will be no need to leave your home to receive assistance; therefore, you will not be charged for accommodation in addition to the cost of care itself.
With live-in care, all fees paid, go towards receiving a high-quality service.
Our service is provided on three levels
Companionship care ensures your comfort and safety at home, helps you complete tasks such as preparing meals, household chores, pet care, as well as providing social stimulation and company.
We provide a dignified personal care service, supporting individuals with daily tasks such as bathing or showering, toileting, dressing and medication management.
We help people with ongoing healthcare needs live comfortably and independently at home. Our complex care service is nurse-led meaning clinical tasks such as managing PEG feeds, catheters, stomas and monitoring blood sugar can be delegated to professional live-in carers. We also offer the support of our in-house Occupational Therapist who is able to guide our clients when there are complex mobility support needs or when a safe and quick discharge from hospital needs to be facilitated.
The exact cost of your care will be dependent on your needs; we will confirm this once we have an idea of what you are looking for and the type of care needed to maintain your health and happiness.
We do this by visiting your home to conduct a full assessment. A no obligation assessment with The Good Care Group is the most accurate way to find out what your live-in care costs will be.
Our care assessments last for 30 days, giving you time to consider your options and make well thought out decisions about your care.
Live-in care costs with The Good Care Group are consistent across England and Scotland, however, a supplement is added for remote locations that require taxi access.
To arrange live-in care with The Good Care Group please get in touch.
Average weekly and monthly costs
Our weekly fees have no hidden extras and there is no VAT to be added. Your fees will not change, other than for an annual inflation increase, or unless your care needs materially change.
Live-in care weekly & monthly fees cover:
- Fully managed care service - we employ, manage, train and develop our live-in carers
- One-to-One round the clock care
- A team of two dedicated carers working a rota to ensure there are no gaps in your care
- 24/7 support from our regional management team and service centre
- Carer holidays & sickness cover by highly skilled team members (no agency staff)
- Carer travel to and from your home
- Reassurance that a carer is there overnight
The cost of managed live-in care vs. introductory live-in care
There are two types of live-in care, managed live-in care and introductory live-in care.
As a live-in care company that provides a fully managed service, we directly employ carers through a strict and rigorous recruitment process. Our carers are trained and developed continuously, and practice the latest effective care techniques. To ensure we always provide high-quality care, we never use agency staff. The Good Care Group will be completely accountable for your care; this allows us to provide a service that is worry-free for the client.
Introductory live-in care providers charge a one-off cost to find a carer for your needs. The cost of an introductory service may include; finding, interviewing and vetting live-in carers, however, carers found through this avenue will not be employed or trained by the live-in care company, but instead, work on a self-employed basis. Unlike managed care, the family or the person receiving care will be completely responsible for paying the carer directly. In most cases, a person will need consistent long-term-care; therefore, two or more carers will be required to work the rota. Maintaining the rota will also be yours or your loved one's responsibility, meaning that if your carers fall ill or decide to leave, you may have a period of time without assistance whilst finding a replacement. As a managed provider all aspects of your care will be planned and coordinated by us, including sick and holiday cover.
Families who choose introductory live-in care are also liable for anything that happens during care, therefore may have to consider the extra cost of insurance. Managed live-in care providers are typically registered with the independent national care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC inspects providers to ensure standards of care are met. When selecting a live-in care provider we recommend you refer to CQC reports to determine the standard of care provided by the company.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), has rated The Good Care Group to be OUTSTANDING in all five categories for being safe, effective, caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs, following an inspection in April 2019, the highest possible rating. The Good Care Group is the only dedicated Live-In Care provider to receive this unique rating.
Live-in care costs vs. care home costs
Live-in care helps both individuals and couples live safely and comfortably at home.
For individuals, the cost of live-in care can be compared to that of a care home; however, with live-in care, the fee you pay is totally dedicated to actual care provision and this affords a care service which is centred around your needs and wishes. Live-in care is also a practical and cost-effective choice for couples; each person in the partnership will receive a tailored care plan, however, instead of paying for two beds in a care home we only charge an additional nominal amount for a 2nd person.
When considering live-in care versus care home costs, it is important to understand what the fee you pay is made up of and how much of it directly relates to one to one care versus other services, this is so you can make an informed comparison and decision when making your care choices
Quite often in residential care, a high percentage of the fee you pay contributes to accommodation and food costs with a small amount attributable to actual one to one care time. Expensive fees for additional services such as regular trips to the hospital, hairdressing services and chiropody are commonly charged on top of these agreed fees, which can lead to significant increases in yearly care costs for some residents. When considering care costs, ensuring you are making comparisons on a like for like basis is important. For those who would like a greater portion their care fee to go towards one-to-one professional assistance; live-in care is a very suitable option.
Specialist live-in care costs
The Good Care Group provides support for people with varying health conditions; therefore the level of care needed will have an impact on the cost of a person's care fees. Care fees for complex conditions, advanced neurological issues and severe physical incapacities require specialist assistance and are typically associated with higher live-in care costs.
Live-in care is often cheaper than the total cost of domiciliary care for people with complex needs. A person who receives hourly care is likely to be charged for additional services on top of carer visits. These extra services add up and can quickly become costly, for example, a person may be charged for food preparation, transportation and household chores.
To fully meet the requirements of a person with high dependency needs, the total cost of domiciliary care can sometimes exceed the price of an inclusive live-in care service.
Respite care costs
The Good Care group provides temporary live-in care services for families that require short-term care at home.
Live-in respite care is a great option for relatives or friends (unpaid carers) who usually take the lead in caring for a person, but would like time off to rest and recuperate. The Good Care Group provide specialist respite care for complex conditions such as Dementia, Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease. Respite care services for a complex condition such as dementia is very helpful for families.
Our carers ensure a person is comfortable and content using a range of innovative practices and care techniques. The techniques used by our live-in carers reduce anxiety and promote calm for people with dementia. Families can rest assured that their loved one is safe and in a familiar environment with both health and social needs tended to. Respite live-in care provides complete peace of mind so relatives can truly rest.
The cost of live-in respite care includes a full needs assessment, a bespoke care plan, carer matching and around the clock assistance provided by regional care managers for the entire respite period. Respite care is available for a minimum of 2 weeks, the cost of your respite care will be dependent on the length of time the live-in carer is required and your individual needs.
Respite care funding
We work with a number of specialist not-for-profit partners who can advise on funding options for live-in respite care. Planning respite periods ahead of time can help you take full advantage of the funding options available. The organisations we work with can help you decide what care funding option is best for you.
Local Authority respite funding
Our partners can help you arrange a community care assessment with your local authority to discover whether you are eligible for financial support. If yes, respite care costs could be partially or fully paid for. This is usually funded with direct payments which can then be used to arrange live-in care.
NHS respite funding
The Good Care Group’s partners can advise on NHS continuing healthcare schemes for people whose primary needs are health-related.
Respite funding from charities
Many not-for-profit organisations provide carer break funds; our partners can provide information on suitable grants, donations and supported holidays for your specific circumstances.
“My mother’s carer is fantastic and I am overwhelmed by her professionalism. I heard them laughing together – the first time I have heard my mother laugh in a very long time. Thank you so much, I really feel I can relax now.”
Paying for live-in care
Eric and Alma are a couple that have been married for over 65 years. With Eric’s health worsening, Alma was no longer able to provide the level of care Eric needed. As the couple did not want to be separated they considered live-in care as a possibility.
The Good Care Group developed a care package that would meet the needs of both Eric and Alma, independently and as a couple. We worked with the couple, their family and financial advisors to devise a suitable care funding plan.