At The Good Care Group, we know through our experience in helping many families to plan home care, that the cost of care is a significant consideration.
Our friendly and expert care advisors are here to help you make sense of the costs involved in caring for someone living in their own home, so you can better understand everything you need to consider when making your decision.
Call our team today on 0203 728 7570. We are here to help you and your family every step of the way.
What is overnight care?
Overnight care as the name suggests is care provided by a professional carer in your own home during the night. There are several reasons why a person would require overnight care, including help with toileting, support with medication administration, and mobilising in bed so you can be safe and comfortable during twilight hours. For many living with care and support needs, being left alone at night can feel daunting and for family carers they just want to know their loved one can have a peaceful night’s sleep and are safe in their own home.
Many families are able and happy to provide the care and support their loved one needs during the day but find the commitment during the night unmanageable in terms of maintaining their own health and wellbeing, so overnight care provided by a trained professional carer can be just the answer. They are then refreshed and recharged to meet their loved one’s needs during the day.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF NIGHT CARE AVAILABLE
Depending on a person’s care needs and personal choice, overnight care can be provided in the following ways:
Sleeping night care – this is when a professional carer lives with you in your home and is on hand to support you up to twice during the night, providing you with comfort and reassurance that someone is there should you need them. Sleeping night care then enables the same carer to undertake their role supporting you during the day.
Waking night care – this is when a professional carer provides overnight care but is awake during the night-time hours, so they are alert and on hand to monitor your wellbeing and respond appropriately to any changes in your health, whilst providing all the support you need.
Overnight home care vs. care home
For many families realising their loved one needs increasing levels of care and support at night can be a very worrying and upsetting time. Whether a family carer is providing care for their loved one during the day or day care is being delivered by a care provider, many will feel their only option is for their loved one to move into a residential care home when overnight care is needed.
However, more and more families are choosing to receive care in the comfort and familiarity of their own home avoiding the upset and disruption that is experienced when having to move into a residential setting.
There are many compelling benefits of receiving overnight care in your own home as opposed to enduring the stress and uncertainty of moving into a care home setting:
One-to-one care – something even the very best care home simply cannot achieve. In a care home setting an individual carer may be supporting up to eight residents during the night.
A uniquely developed, highly personalised plan of care will be designed to meet your care needs whilst addressing how you wish to live your life – none of the rigid timetables or set routines experienced in a care home.
Specialist and complex care provided by highly trained carers in the comfort and familiarity of your own home is paramount in helping those living with specialist conditions, like dementia, particularly during the night when dementia symptoms can be challenging.
No need to move out of your much-loved home, with all the upheaval and worry that brings. The family home can then be kept in the family, instead of being sold to fund care home fees. Staying at home means you can keep control of your life, with all your treasured memories and possessions around you.
If you have an adored pet, you will not be able to take this into a care home. With overnight home care you can keep your pet and the carer will support looking after it during the night.
Elderly couples who require care can stay together as a loving couple, as opposed to being split up to be cared for in different areas of a care home.
Unlike care homes, overnight home care for the elderly provides families with much-needed peace of mind and reassurance knowing that their loved one is supported and cared for on a one-to-one basis throughout the night.
Live-in overnight care
Our specialist overnight care for seniors is offered on a live-in basis and is flexible depending on your requirements, care needs and the support and involvement of the family in providing care to their loved one.
Live-in care provides consistency and continuity of care from a trained professional carer who will live in your home and provide you with care and support during the night. Our high-quality live-in care service allows for our carer to wake up and support your needs twice during the night. This will still mean they can continue to deliver the high standards of care during the day. If you are living with more complex needs that require more attention during the night, we can provide dedicated waking care during the night, however this would require an additional carer to support you during the day if your family is unable to manage your daytime needs.
Respite care can provide a family carer with a much-needed break from caring for a loved one either during the day or night, or can be used as an opportunity to see how live-in care works and whether overnight care is right for you.
Complex care of medical and specialist conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis can be supported with overnight care – there is no need to go into a care home to receive this level of care during the night.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM OVERNIGHT CARE?
Overnight care can benefit anyone that feels anxious or nervous about spending the night alone. There are many situations in which overnight care may be beneficial including
To ease the concerns of anyone that becomes anxious or lonely throughout the night
To enjoy overall better physical and mental health due to improved sleep
Regular support for nighttime medication administration or changing position in bed
Assistance with toileting breaks
Someone will always be present to act quickly should an emergency situation arise throughout the night
Help with complex care or progressive conditions such as dementia
Families will enjoy peace of mind knowing someone is there to care for their loved ones
What does overnight care include?
The costs of overnight care at home is determined by health of the person being cared for and the level of service being delivered by the provider. At The Good Care Group the cost of overnight live-in care covers:
Expert nurse-led care
Our senior professional carers are trained to monitor and identify any changes in your health, responding appropriately and avoiding any unnecessary hospital admissions. Our carers will not provide any nurse-led care without having completed our specialist training programme, which equips them with the skills they need to perform any nursing task usually delivered by a district nurse, including:
Continence care, including bowel care and catheterisation
Undertaking gastrostomy care, including PEG feeding, stoma care and urostomy care
Blood sugar monitoring
Wound management and dressing
Delivering rehabilitation programmes with support from our in-house Occupational Therapist, who will ensure the right equipment is in place as needed
Working with physiotherapists to ensure exercise plans are completed
End-of-life palliative care which ensures a person’s needs and preferences are met until the very end of their life.
Specialist care of conditions
We are experts in providing high-quality care for conditions that affect older people, including dementia, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis. All our professional carers are trained in how to support people to live well with these conditions, whilst positively enhancing their quality of life. For those living with dementia we know that the night-time can present challenges and greater levels of care and reassurance are required. Our carers are trained to understand and effectively respond to these challenges, providing a calming environment and all the comfort you need.
Ensuring safe mobility in and around the home
Our in-house Occupational Therapist, Jackie Cooper will provide expert guidance and advice as to what equipment and home adaptations can help improve safe movement and mobility around your home, whilst minimising falls that are common in older people.
Managing and administering medications
Our professional carers are trained in medications management and use an electronic medications system to ensure all medications are managed proactively and effectively.
Companionship as and when you need it
Our carers will provide companionship whilst ensuring your privacy is respected. We ensure that a perfectly matched carer shares similar values and interests to make life interesting, stimulating and enjoyable, whilst being there for you to support your emotional and psychological needs.
Providing discreet and sensitive personal care
This can include the task-orientated aspects of caring for someone, like bathing and getting dressed, but also those that promote self-esteem.
Planning and cooking meals
Meals will be planned and cooked according to your choice, preferences, and nutritional needs, all served at a time that suits you. If you need help to feed yourself our carer is on hand to support you with this.
Why choose The Good Care Group?
We have been providing high quality, live-in care to families in England and Scotland for over 10 years. At the heart of our award-winning service is enabling people to live independently in their own home with an improved quality of life. Our approach to care at home means our clients can achieve improved health and well-being. For families they benefit from peace of mind and reassurance that their loved one is receiving the very best care and support.
A perfectly matched care team
A live-in care service usually involves two carers working a two-week rotation. They will be carefully matched working with you and your family. We make sure they are skilled and equipped to meet all your care and support needs. Our focus on matching means the chosen care team shares common interests and backgrounds. We know this means life is enjoyable for everyone. Your care team really gets to know you and your needs, which means you get the consistency of care.
Expertly trained carers
All our professional carers are required to complete our leading training programme before they care for our clients. Our programme has been created with leading charities and clinical experts. It goes beyond mandatory requirements in the care sector. Carers are then 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 agency we employ our carers. This means they are committed to us, as we are to them. Carers enjoy the security of being employed, which means they stay with us longer. Those who work for agencies move around more. For families this means that you get continuity and consistency of the same care team caring for your loved one. This means 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, who also provides Admiral Nurse services to those living with dementia. 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 home with any equipment they may need. These experts lead, monitor and support our care teams to deliver best practice nurse-led care at home.
Innovative care technology
Unlike any other live-in care provider, we have our own online care community. Families, healthcare professionals and carers can access up to date information about the care being provided. It enables more effective monitoring, which means issues can be responded to efficiently. For our families it provides a reassuring window into the care their loved one is receiving. Our carers also use the online community to share ideas and support each other. It provides a vital connection which is important when remote working. Carers will use the online community so their clients can enjoy time online. This includes video calls with family, so they feel connected. Clients can use it to shop online or browse the web.
Improving health outcomes
Every decision we make is driven by delivering improved health outcomes for our clients. Our digital technology allows us to predict risk and shape the care we provide. We measure health outcomes.
We want to know we are improving the quality of our clients’ lives every year.
Our health and well-being aim to reduce:
Behaviours that challenge
Antipsychotic drugs in dementia care
Falls in the home
Readmission to hospital
Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
They aim to promote:
Excellent nutrition and hydration
Enjoyment in life
Highest service rating from care regulators in England and Scotland
Unlike introduction agencies we are fully regulated in England and Scotland. This means the care and support we provide is regularly inspected. We are the only dedicated live-in care provider in England to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We have achieved this rating in all five measures – safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. In Scotland, our service has been inspected by the Care Inspectorate (CI). It has achieved the highest rating of a 6 (Excellent) for quality of care and support and 5 (very good) for staffing, management and leadership. We know this provides families with peace of mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.
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. 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. Your dedicated care manager will be on hand to support you, your loved one and our carer teams. We invest in our care management team to ensure they have enough time to give the support everyone needs. With our fully managed service, families do not have the burden of managing the care arrangement themselves. We know this means families can have peace of mind, whilst enjoying quality time with their loved one. They do not have to worry about the tasks of caring.
Local teams with national coverage
We operate throughout England and Scotland with a local approach to management of our teams near you. Each dedicated care manager local to you has only a small number of clients to support. This means they can provide higher levels of monitoring and support than other home care providers. It also means a highly personalised approach to care can be delivered.
What is included in overnight care cost?
Our highly personalised live-in overnight care service includes:
Access to clinical expertise and medical support
Full assessment before care starts
Bespoke and flexible overnight care package developed with input from the family and other healthcare professionals
Matching of the most suitable care team to meet the holistic needs of our clients
Dedicated care team led by an expert regional care manager
Meal planning and household tasks
Social and lifestyle enhancement.
Specialist support and expertise – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Costs of overnight care
Overnight care rates are typically in line with – and sometimes less than – what you would pay for residential care, with the added benefit of receiving one-to-one, personalised overnight care, something that cannot be achieved in even the very best care home.
Live-in care for couples for overnight care is cheaper than moving into residential care where you would be expected to pay for two bedrooms and packages of care. With live-in care there is only a nominal charge for couples’ care.
If you choose to use a domiciliary care agency to provide visiting or hourly care, it is worth knowing that the cost of overnight care at home is typically more during the night than it is in the day.
Talk to us about the costs of overnight care at home UK
We are experts in providing a fully managed, high-quality care at home service rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by CQC – the only live-in care provider to achieve this. Call our friendly and approachable team today to see how we can help you and your family.