Live In Care is a well-established alternative to residential care.

Live In Care is a provision that enables you to remain at home in familiar surroundings, with continued choice over how you live your life, and support to retain your social and community relationships.

Live In Carers generally carry out the following tasks for you:

  • Personal Care – from assistance with bathing, dressing and continence, through to more complex care
  • Shopping, Cooking, Laundry and other light domestic duties
  • Accompanying you on outings and to appointments
  • Providing companionship
  • Helping with your household paperwork, managing your bills, collecting your pension etc
  • Medication management

We do not provide Nursing care, however we do work closely with other health and medical professionals involved in your care.

We can provide ongoing Live In Care, Short Term Live In Care and Caring for Couples.

What makes a good Live In Care arrangement:

  • Chemistry! You and your Live In Carer need to be well matched so that you feel comfortable
  • Live In Carers need their own bedroom with a wardrobe, chest of drawers and a chair.
  • Internet access is very important so that your carer can stay in touch with their family and friends, and we recommend providing a television in their bedroom although this is not essential.
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What additional costs will there be:

  • A weekly food budget for the Live In Carer of £50 per week
  • Travel costs for the Live In Carer to come to your home at the start of their placement
  • The costs of the Carer accompanying you on any outings including paying for their public transport, parking charges, taxis, cinema, theatre, meals out and so on.

What other additional costs might there be:

  • Waking Night Care – occasional night calls for a Live In Carer are of course inevitable and expected, but should your needs during the night become excessive then we will advise you to have a waking night carer
  • Daily Break Cover – Live In Carers are entitled to 14 hours break per week in daylight hours, this is usually taken as 2 hours break each afternoon, if you can’t be left on your own for that time then additional Domiciliary Home Care visits will need to be put in place
  • “Double Handed” care – if your care needs mean that two carers are required for support with in-bed care (washing, dressing, moving) then our Domiciliary Home Care team can be supplied for this, usually 3 times a day.

Understanding more about Live In Care

Will I just have one Live In Carer all the time?
This depends on whether your need is short term or ongoing. For short term care, up to 6 weeks, you would probably just have one carer. For ongoing placements you would have 2 or more carers working in a rotation, which may be 6 weeks on/1 week off or week on/week off or another rotation up to 6 weeks.

Will my Carer drive me around?
Most Live In Carers do not drive, however if you need someone who drives we will do our best to provide this for you.

What breaks does my carer need to take during the day or week?
Live In care staff need to have 14 hours break per week taken in daylight hours. You can decide this between you and the carer. It may be 2 hours a day or 4 hours every other day.

If I don’t want to be left alone when my carer has a break can you arrange cover?
Yes, we can easily provide an additional service to cover breaks, minimum 2 hours at a time.

My care needs are 24 hour, will that require additional support?
Yes. Live In carers cannot work for 24 hours a day, they must have reasonable sleep time during the night. For 24 hour care, we can provide a quote for a Live In carer plus additional support, or perhaps 3 carers working 8 hour shifts to cover 24 hours.

I wake up during the night and need help with toileting, will your carer help me?
Yes of course. However if your needs during the night become too great we will propose some additional support for you.

I have a cat/dog/bird. Will your carer help to feed my pet?
Yes of course, we will write that into your individual care plan and ensure the carer(s) who stay with you are happy to be around animals and do not have any allergies.

Will my Carer eat their meals with me?
Yes, if that is your wish.

Who pays for the Carers food?
This depends upon the care plan. If you would like your carer to eat meals with you, then the food will be provided from your own household budget, although the carer will do the shopping and cooking. Otherwise we provide the carer with a weekly budget to buy their own food which is charged back to you, in which case they would still do your shopping and cook your meals for you.