How does Live-in Care compare to care home admission?
As a growing older population, according to AGE UK by our late eighties, more than one in three of us will have difficulties undertaking five or more tasks of daily living unaided. When you consider that the number of older people aged eighty five and over has increased by a third over the last decade there is rising demand for care services in this country.
Statistics show nearly all of us want to receive care services at home when we get older instead of going into a care home. So how do you decide? And how much is it going to cost?
Live in care is very different to residential care homes where the staff revolve in shift patterns and there is not a single person dedicated to looking after a loved one.
Before considering a residential care home we strongly urge families to try Live-in care. If it does not work out then it is easy to escalate to a residential facility but it is sometimes hard to come back out of a care institution into your own home as independence moves further away.
This simple guide below illustrates the differences between care homes and Live in care at home.
Live-in Care is a practical and affordable alternative to a residential care home.
|Live-in Care||Care Home|
|Stay in your own home||v||Move to a new environment|
|Costs from £695 per week||v||Average cost £975 per week|
|One to one care||v||Shared care|
|Continuity and choice of lifestyle||v||Change of lifestyle|
|Funding available||v||Funding available|
|Choice of menu and meal times||v||Set menus and meal times|
|Freedom to have family and pets at home||v||Communal areas and rules|