When it comes to considering long-term care for yourself or a family member, there are two main options available, both of which we’ll briefly discuss here: care homes and live in care.

Before making any decision on which route to take we would always recommend getting a needs-based assessment from your local council. It may be that there are small changes that can be made at home to help your or your loved one, such as:

  • new equipment,
  • practical help from a paid carer or
  • adapting your home with, for example, ramps or walk-in showers.

What are care homes?

Moving into a care home is a big commitment and can feel very daunting. For better or worse, the change in environment can have a significant impact on a persons’ mental health and well-being.

According to the NHS:

“A care home may be the best option if you or someone you know:

  • is struggling to live alone – even with help from friends, family or paid carers
  • had a needs assessment that suggested a care home is the best choice
  • has a complex medical condition – that needs specialist attention during the day and night
  • Care homes can reduce the stress of looking after your health and care. This may help you focus on other things, like your social life and general wellbeing.”

Care homes summary

  1. Provide accommodation
  2. Personal care for people who need extra support
  3. Potential to socialise with other like minded individuals or couples
  4. Teams of on-site carers 24 hours per day
  5. Communal lounges

Care home costs

The cost for living in a care home varies. It can depend on location, level of care and the quality of the facilities. Generally the cost of living in a care home can be quite high in South East England.

What is Live In care?

Live in care is normally something that is considered before a care home. Usually the family has helped the individual or couple themselves for a while but the individual or couple may now need a bit more support at times when the family can’t step in.

Live in care is tailored to the needs of people who want to stay at home and for whom it is still safe to do so. The main benefit of live-in care is that the service user is most comfortable at home and with surroundings that are most familiar. Like a care home, live in care can still provide people with 24 hour support and care.

A dedicated live-in carer will provide one-to-one care using previously established routines, preferences and social activities. A live in carer can also assist with daily activities such as:

  • Shopping and meal preparation
  • Domestic chores
  • Administering or prompting medication
  • Personal hygiene
  • Mobility around the home
  • Leaving the house for activities
  • Companionship and emotional support
  • Pet care
  • Responding to emergencies

A live-in carer will enable individuals to continue with their current lifestyle. Live in care is a great option if individuals and couples require 24 hour support in the familiarity, comfort and security of their own home.

Live-in Care summary

  1. Care at home
  2. 24 hour personal care and support
  3. Dedicated, 1-to-1 carer
  4. High level of personalised care
  5. Continuity of with existing established routine
  6. Cheaper for couples than a care home

Live in care costs

What are the 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. Live-in care can usually work out cheaper than care homes and is a fantastic long-term option for couples as it works out much cheaper..

Further Information

For more information about the services we provide, here, at Clarendon Live-in care or to simply discuss the best options for your family please do not hesitate to get in touch. 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 enquiries@clarendonliveincare.co.uk