Many people worried about the expense of having live-in care for their parents are actually living under a misconception. Price is always a major consideration, of course, but the important thing to realise is that residential care tends to be a lot more expensive.
“How much is it?” This question is one we hear all the time, and we find that many people looking for help for their parents are often left surprised by our response.
In this guide, we’re going to compare some of the costs and outline some of the benefits of using live-in care rather taking up a place in a residential home.
According to research, the cost of living in a residential care home is up to £1,000 every single week. It’s an extraordinary amount of money, although you can easily account for it when you consider the expense of having staff on hand at all times and remember that equipment, specialist help, and the cost of food and sustenance soon adds up. But don’t forget, that’s just for a week. Over a month the cost will be significantly over £4,000 – and more than £50,000 for the year.
We can’t speak for other home care organisations, but we can tell you how much it costs to use Orchid Care 24 hour live-in care agency fees. First of all, there is a one-off fee of £125, which covers all of your administration. We charge an agency fee of just £105 per week, too, while you pay your carer a weekly sum of £630 plus any travel expenses at 35 pence per mile. Let’s say your carer travels 20 miles per week to travel to your home – that’s a further £7 per week.
Now, let’s come up with a complete total. Using Orchid Care, live-in care services will cost you £742 a week, which is a significant saving over using a residential home. Over the month, however, the difference becomes more pronounced. While residential care costs over £4,000 per month, our costs run to less than £3,000. And over the year? The saving is even more dramatic. As we mentioned earlier, it’s more than £50,000 for residential, but only £36,000 for a service such as ours – you effectively get more than a quarter of the year free of charge.
But of course, this isn’t just about the money. When your parents reach that certain age when they need 24-hour assistance, it’s vital that you know they are comfortable and happy. And given that live-in care covers pretty much every need your parents or grandparents have, it makes a lot of sense.
You will get first-class personal care, help with anything that the elderly and infirm struggle to do. Whether it’s getting out of bed in the morning or assistance with getting washed and dressed, you can expect the best. All our carers work with complete respect for our clients and offer the same range and quality treatment you would expect from a residential care home.
Ultimately, however, there are huge benefits of having live-in carers rather than putting your parents in a care home. There is far less upheaval in their lives, and the vast majority of elderly people don’t want to leave their home anyway. They feel comfortable in their own property, like having their independence, and just need a helping hand – not an institution – to get by.
Here at Orchid Care, we believe that live in care can be a fantastic advantage for elderly people who just need some help. And given the cost is not close to that of using a residential care home, it makes sense to use a service such as ours, which is completely tailored to our client’s individual needs and requirements. Simply put, good quality, live-in care is the perfect solution that covers physical, emotional, medical and social needs.
With over 35 years of experience in social services provision, we have a thorough understanding of what our clients need and offer fully trained, experienced carers to ensure your parent’s lives are as independent as they can possibly be. Our priority is to work with our clients and ensure they enjoy the very highest standards of care, morning, noon and night. Whether you think you could benefit from our first-class service for a few weeks or several years, why not give us a call or contact us and receive some professional and friendly advice