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Home Help: What's the Cost?

Elder’s weekly fees for home help are capped at a maximum of £770 per week.

Elder manages all costs associated with hiring a 24-hour live-in carer, which includes:

  • Conducting interviews
  • Checking references
  • Arranging a DBS criminal check
  • Managing the carer’s salary
  • Arranging the carer’s pension
  • Taking out insurance for the carer
  • Managing tax and National Insurance contributions

The cost of home help can vary considerably depending on your personal preferences and needs of your loved one and how you decide to arrange the care.

There are various options to consider and some help towards the costs may be available from your loved one’s local authority or through NHS continuing healthcare funding, depending on the individual circumstances

Traditional domiciliary care

This option can be very appropriate for those who simply need a short visit two or three times a day. If your loved one just needs a small amount of support to enable them to remain living independently in their own home, domiciliary care can help.

However, for those with more complex needs or those who would like the security of having someone with them at all times, it may not be the best option. The cost of supporting your loved one in their own home with domiciliary care can soon mount up. Three visits a day from a care company to carry out the personal care your loved one’s needs can cost as much as £375 every week.

On top of this is the cost of a meal each day from meals on wheels, which can be an average of £80 for a week. Transport to appointments and day centres or local groups has to be included, and a carer is likely to be needed for these.

If physiotherapy is needed, a house call can be very expensive. Employing someone to carry out household chores will cost as much as £10 per hour. Altogether, supporting your loved one at home through traditional home care can cost more than £1000 per week.

Dulcie’s Care Story

In this short video, Mary and Colin explain how Dulcie’s live-in Elder carer, Sarah, has become part of the family.

They discuss how live-in care has allowed Dulcie to stay independent in her own home, while making a new friend at the same time.

What does live-in care include?

Live-in elderly care is when a carer moves into your loved one’s home and provides around-the-clock care. Elder ensures that the carer selected has all the skills and experience they need to meet your loved one’s needs. Because each carer normally works on a rota pattern with one other carer, your beloved will be able to build up a close relationship with them.

In addition to supporting your loved one with their personal care needs, a live-in carer will help with domestic duties, such as cleaning and laundry, which is included in the weekly fees. They will also shop and prepare nutritionally balanced meals for your loved one, so you can rest assured that they are eating properly.

Companion care means that the carer will also support your loved one to continue enjoying their social activities and hobbies. They will be able to escort them to outside activities or even drive their car for them if you ensure that appropriate insurance cover is in place. Depending on what is needed, a live-in carer can assist with gardening, pet care and many other aspects of daily life.

If your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may want to request a carer who has training in dementia care. They will have the necessary skills to support a person whose behaviour is complex or challenging at times.

What facilities are needed for a live-in carer?

Whether you decide to employ a live-in carer directly or go through Elder, they will need a room of their own. The carer will need a certain amount of time off each day, so there should be a television and an internet connection they can use.

If the live-in carer is employed by a care provider, they will need to report to their employer and complete regular entries in your loved one’s care plan, so that everyone is kept up-to-date with any changes that occur. A separate bathroom and cooking facilities are not needed since these can be shared with your loved one.

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