Guide to Live in care costs & pricing

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If you’re considering live-in care for your loved one, you’ll likely be thinking about the live-in caregiver costs. It’s not unusual to hear of large amounts of money being required to facilitate live-in care. It could be the case that you’re thinking about ways to make it work – including grants, equity release, savings, or some other source of finance. 

It’s essential to be in command of all the facts before you decide about such care – and the cost should come high on the list. While there’s no way to give a completely accurate figure for each individual without considering their personal circumstances, there are some general suggestions that can be helpful.

Live in care costs are
never set in stone

Before beginning to investigate just what the 24-hour care cost might be, it’s worth understanding that there is no hard and fast rule on this front. There are many different variables at play, one of which is your loved one’s individual situation. If your loved one requires care from more than one carer, for example, the cost will rise.

It can also vary depending on where your loved one is based in the country. The cost of labour is, of course, higher in some places relative to others, and it may be the case that those in more expensive areas are required to pay more. For that reason, it’s important to resolve to take these potential price points as a guide rather than a fixed list.

Basic live in care rates to bear in mind

With the above caveat in mind, it’s now possible to go on to look at some of the basic prices that you can expect to pay. If your loved one is a single person, it will likely cost a minimum of £1,225 per week for their live-in care. If your loved one is part of a couple, the minimum pricing will

be more expensive – although it usually begins at £1,700 per week, so it’s often cheaper than the equivalent cost for two individuals. It’s important to stress that it’s not necessarily the case that live-in care will be more expensive than entering a care home.

24 hour live in care entitlements & allowances

One of the advantages (from a financial perspective) of live-in care is that it can open more doors for your loved one in terms of options. Often, opting for such care can mean that the value of your loved one’s home is not included in calculations around how much they can afford to pay – because they’ll need to continue living there. For that reason, it could mean that your loved one is more likely to be entitled to specific funding streams, perhaps from the local council.

However, it’s important to stress that this is not necessarily the case for everyone. Different individuals face varying situations, so there’s no guarantee: each case can be different.

Live in care funding options

Live in care for different conditions

It’s also the case that live-in care costs for elderly persons can vary depending on any health conditions that your loved one experiences. The cost of live-in care for a person living with dementia, for example, might be higher or lower than the cost of a live-in carer for another condition.

The reasons why the costs of live-in dementia care and live-in care for other particular conditions can be higher are complex. It can be to do with time: if a carer is required around the clock, for example, this can push up the live-in care rates compared to a carer who is only present during the day. Sometimes, however, it is because your loved one requires a more specialised care. For that reason, the price could be higher as it will require the recruitment of a carer with appropriate experience and training. No two cases are the same, so it’s a good idea to communicate upfront and be honest about your loved one’s situation. 

It’s essential to get in touch with your care provider early to discuss your loved one’s needs. It is vital for many reasons, not least because it allows the provider to judge whether or not they can help – and advise you on what the ideal care package would look like. It also allows you to get an accurate quote from them, so make sure that you voice your loved one’s needs in as much detail as you can when you have this initial conversation.

Live in care costs for the elderly

Of course, looking at the price and cost of live-in care is essential, but it’s also vital to make sure that you assess the value that you and your loved one will be receiving once the care package is active. This begins very early in the process: the amount you’ll be charged for live-in care doesn’t just pay for the carer but also pays for an expert at the care provider to determine which carers are best suited to your family member.

Live in care costs for the elderly

Of course, looking at the price and cost of live-in care is essential, but it’s also vital to make sure that you assess the value that you and your loved one will be receiving once the care package is active. This begins very early in the process: the amount you’ll be charged for live-in care doesn’t just pay for the carer but also pays for an expert at the care provider to determine which carers are best suited to your family member.

But this value also continues to persist as the caring relationship unfolds. Live-in carers can do everything from ensuring that your family member is fed a nutritious diet to making sure they take their medication. There’s also an additional level of security involved with a live-in carer because you know that your loved one will be accompanied for most or all of the time.

In short: live-in care prices are not necessarily going to be higher than the equivalents for residential care, but even if it is, it can also be more valuable – for a whole host of reasons.

Open ended live in care periods

Finally, it’s also vital to acknowledge that the cost of care cannot – by its very nature – be worked out in total in advance. It’s impossible to know about life expectancy and how long care will be required. For that reason, it’s essential to discuss with your care provider, independent financial advisor and loved one to ensure that a sustainable plan for the long term is worked out. 

Overall, the costs and prices of live-in care can vary depending on the individual circumstances. Someone who needs extra live-in care in an expensive area may pay less than someone who needs a lighter level of live-in care in a less prosperous place, for example – so it always pays to get a quote. By using the general pointers shared on this page, you can start putting together a guide for your loved one’s live-in care costs.

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