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.