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 CareCare Home
Stay in your own homevMove to a new environment
Costs from £695 per weekvAverage cost £975 per week
One to one carevShared care
Continuity and choice of lifestylevChange of lifestyle
Funding availablevFunding available
Choice of menu and meal timesvSet menus and meal times
Freedom to have family and pets at homevCommunal areas and rules