Overnight home care: What's the cost?
In contemplating care at home, it is important to consider exactly what help your loved one or relative will need. Assistance or just a presence is often required at night as elderly people commonly have disturbed nights due to bathroom visits or medical conditions. It is important to note that the precise rates of care vary significantly according to the needs of your relative or loved one and exactly when they will need care.
Overnight home care: What’s the cost?
In contemplating care at home, it is important to consider exactly what help your loved one or relative will need. Assistance or just a presence is often required at night as elderly people commonly have disturbed nights due to bathroom visits or medical conditions.
People living with dementia can regularly experience restlessness and wandering during the night so having someone there during the night to provide help if it is needed can be vital.
Also, when looking at overnight home care options, it is vital to consider the costs involved. It is important to note that the precise rates of care vary significantly according to the needs of your relative or loved one and exactly when they will need care.
Overnight care costs
Paying for a carer overnight can cost around £15-30 per hour, depending on the needs of the care recipient. It is important to factor in exactly how much care your loved one will need and when.
If your loved one requires help with their bedtime routine or their morning routine, dressing and undressing, washing brushing teeth, taking medication and so forth, they may need 10-12 hours a night. Paying for a carer on an overnight basis could cost around £1000 per week, in addition to any day time visits that may be required. For this type of domiciliary overnight care, weekends and Bank Holidays are usually charged at a premium.
Dulcie is one of our longest serving customers. In this short video, she talks through the reasons behind her, and her family’s decision to choose full-time home care rather than the care home.
If an elderly loved one or relative requires care and assistance day and night, a live-in carer can help to look after them in their own home. A live-in carer can provide personal care such as washing, dressing, coping with incontinence issues, practical help including ironing, shopping and help with day to day tasks such as answering the door or the phone as well as being there throughout the night.
Live in elderly care provides the 24/7 assurance that there will be someone with your loved one or relative overnight too. Good live-in care agencies will closely match the carer with the recipient to ensure their needs are met fully and that the carer can really become a friend or ‘part of the family’.
Companion care is suitable for those who do not need quite as much help with personal care and general assistance. The principal objective is, as the name suggests, to provide your relative or loved one with a companion. It is less focused on personal care and hygiene and instead, it provides a friendly face and company.
A companion carer is there to chat to your loved one, provide someone to dine with and to help them get out and about. This level of care is suitable if the needs of your loved one are at the lower end of the scale, but you would like someone there overnight in case they require assistance.
If your relative is living with dementia, they may have more complex needs and requirements, but for many people in this situation, it is still possible to remain in their own home with the assistance of a live-in carer. Our carers are trained for dementia care and they are experienced at managing the needs and accompanying symptoms that come with the condition.
Your loved one or relative will benefit from being able to remain in their own home, as being in familiar surroundings can be very reassuring for people experiencing the anxiety that dementia can frequently cause. Your loved one will have someone there 24/7 so, should they require assistance overnight help is on hand. An Elder live-in carer costs from £795 per week which, for one on one support, compares favourably with the staffing ratios and costs of a care home.
Help with costs
There are a range of government funding options and benefits available, which can assist with care, including overnight care costs. Local authority funding is dependent on assets, and this varies from England and Northern Ireland to Wales and Scotland. This funding depends on the needs of the recipient, so your loved one would have a care needs assessment to determine eligibility and the amount.
A Care Needs Assessment can also determine if your loved one is entitled to NHS Continuing Healthcare. This financing is for care and support taking place outside the hospital. If eligible, your loved one would receive the full costs of their care and a bespoke care and support package would be provided by a healthcare professional.
There are benefits for both recipients and caregivers. The Personal Independence Plan (PIP), via the Department for Work and Health is not means tested; it is based on a medical assessment and covers long term health conditions for those below the age of 65.
Attendance Allowance is specifically for those who need help with everyday tasks, getting around and medical care. As with PIP, it is not means tested but has two components day and night and day only, so the amount required depends on the exact care required. If you look after someone for 35 hours a week or more you may be entitled to a Carer’s Allowance; the amount depends on your financial situation and on meeting eligibility criteria.
Home Care: Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone’s individual situation is different which is why we undertake a comprehensive free care assessment for those who are considering home care as a care option for themselves or their loved ones. There are, however, certain questions which come up time and time again which is why we’ve created this frequently asked questions about home care page in order to give you the information you need to assess your options.
Home Care: How does it work?
Home care works in many different ways. Each person’s case is different with unique preferences, physical needs and life experiences, and care at home should be as tailored as possible to the individual’s requirements.
Home Care: How Do I Pay for It?
There are various ways of paying for home care and dementia care, but understanding the various options of care provision can seem very daunting at first.
Home Care: How to Choose a Care Provider
Choosing which company to employ to provide care for yourself or a loved one is an important decision and you need to carry out some research beforehand.
Home care: how to find a carer
People usually want to remain independent and in their own homes for as long as they can, but as they grow older there is often a need for some support with this.
Home Care or Nursing Home: What's the Difference?
Deciding whether your needs can be met by care at home or whether you need to go into a nursing home is an issue faced by many older people.
Home care: the questions you need to ask
If you are looking for in-home care for yourself or a relative, there are a number of important questions to ask potential providers of care at home before you make a decision about which one is most suitable for you or your loved one.
Home care: what are the costs?
The costs of home care to an individual can vary widely and are dependent on many different factors. These include the type of care needed, how many hours a week you need a caregiver to be present, your own financial situation, where in the UK you live and whether you are eligible for any assistance with your care fees.
Home care: what does it provide?
Home care is a good way of providing elderly care and care for people who are recovering from illnesses or have mobility issues.
Home Care: When Is It Appropriate?
There are many different times home care can be helpful. Sometimes just a short period of care at home is enough to make a difference, but more often families may decide that they need an extended period of elderly care in the home for an older family member.