Cost: Did you know that it is more cost-effective to have live in care? The average cost of a care home in Southern England is over £1,000 a week. Our flat rate for live in care is just £735 a week. A saving of over £13,000 a year!
Dedicated care: the main advantage of engaging a live-in carer, which you employ, is the dedicated one-to-one care.
Your relative stays in their own home, surrounded by their possessions, in a completely familiar setting. While residential care can offer a valuable service, most people prefer to stay in their own home if they can.
Peace of mind: they, and you, live safe in the knowledge that someone is available to help if there is a problem. Indeed, live-in care also offers companionship, reducing the risk of your relative feeling isolated and lonely. A carer will also support your relative in their interests and hobbies, encouraging them to continue with them wherever possible. This can have positive effects on people’s confidence, happiness and well-being. Carers can accompany them on journeys, and that makes keeping in contact with friends and the local community much easier.
Keeping pets: the carer can help to look after a pet that might otherwise be put up for adoption or sent to a new home, if its owner moved into residential care. Many care homes and sheltered accommodation do not allow pets, for understandable reasons.
Less pressure on relationships: relatives are able to continue their relationship with someone as part of the family, rather than being drawn into being their full-time carer, which can be stressful, time-consuming and frustrating. This practical and emotional benefit takes the pressure off the family feeling that they have to cope with their relative’s needs all the time.
Staying together: for couples, the cost of live-in care can be significantly less than a residential setting and loving partners are able to stay together. In some cases, where one has dementia, they are separated in residential settings.