Family members can sometimes face difficult decisions regarding looking after loved ones requiring day-to-day care and support. There are many care options to consider, and in doing so, we have to balance the individual requirements with practical and health needs. Today we discuss two common care options: assisted living and live-in care. With this, we hope to provide you with some clarity in the planning of care needs for your family.

What is assisted living?

Assisted living is a form of residential care where the individual or couple live in a self-contained property within a residential complex specialising in care for those over 55/60. There are usually options to either purchase or rent the property.

Assisted living is often referred to as “extra-care housing”. Care is usually provided around the clock via an alarm system and daily via personal care and support services.

The type of help and assistance provided will depend on the requirements of the individual or couple, but typically, these can include: using the bathroom, washing, dressing and taking medication.

There will be social activities arranged by both the scheme manager and the community. Assisted living complexes will have communal lounges for socialising with other residents. In addition, there will be plenty of different people to speak to as part of the care team.

Assisted living is a good option for individuals or couples who require support to carry out everyday tasks and enjoy living in a specialist complex.

Assisted living summary

  1. Self-contained flat
  2. Options to purchase or rent
  3. 24-hour assistance via an alarm system
  4. Social activities
  5. Communal lounges

Assisted living costs

The cost of assisted living varies quite a lot across the country, depending on the location and quality of the facilities. Generally, the cost of assisted living can be quite high in South East England.

What is Live-In Care?

Live-in care is a bespoke specialist care and support service tailored to the needs of an individual or couple who prefer to stay in their own home. The service user will remain in the familiar and secure surroundings of their own home whilst a single specialist carer lives with them to provide round-the-clock personal care and support.

A dedicated live-in carer can deliver personalised one-to-one care using previously established routines, preferences and social activities. A live-in carer can assist with many everyday activities, including:

  • Shopping and meal preparation
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Household and domestic chores
  • Administering or prompting medication
  • Washing, dressing and toileting
  • Mobility around the home
  • Getting out and about
  • Companionship and emotional support
  • Pet care
  • Responding to emergencies

A live-in carer will complement an existing lifestyle. Carers will help individuals or couples to maintain their current social circle and their place within the community by helping them to get out as required. Strong bonds can be created between the carer and the family.

Live-in care is a good option for individuals and couples requiring round-the-clock specialist support in the familiarity, comfort and security of their own home.

Live-in Care summary

  1. Care at home
  2. Round-the-clock personal care and support
  3. Dedicated live-in carer
  4. High level of personalised one-to-one care
  5. Continuity of with existing established routine

Live-in care costs

Live-in care is often not as expensive as you may initially think. A spare room will be required, but there are no accommodations costs for the couple or individual. However, Live-in care can usually work out cheaper than assisted living and care homes.

  1. Further Information

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for more information about the services we provide here at Clarendon Live-in care or to discuss the best options for your family. The Clarendon live-in care team would be delighted to help. You can call us on 0208 439 7722, or if you would prefer to e-mail us, please contact us at