Live life your way
with live-in care

Discover full-time care, companionship, and help around the home.

Questions about live-in care? Call us 0333 920 3648

“The communication & support in finding the right Carer was fantastic. “

– Jackie, Elder customer 

Why choose Live-in Care with Elder?

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Stay in control of the big decisions

You'll always get to decide how your care is delivered and by who – protecting your routine and way of life.

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A trusted UK network of 4000+ carers

Every carer undergoes a full background check and assessments to ensure they're someone you can count on.

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Specialist support at every step

Our Care Advisors will guide you through the arrangements, and you'll get your own Family Support Specialist for on-going support.

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Fast, flexible and focused on you

Need care urgently? We'll match you to a quality carer who fits your situation in as little as 48 hours.

Exceptional full-time care where the heart is

We’re the UK’s leading specialists for live-in care, matching you or a loved one with a dedicated care professional. 

These experienced, vetted carers help with everything from personal hygiene to daily household tasks, ensuring you feel safe and happy in place you love most, your own home.

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Promoting well-being in your own home

Elder home care involves a dedicated carer moving into the home to provide full-time support and companionship.  This has been linked to better health outcomes – reducing the likelihood of falls at home by an estimated 33%, and the likelihood of becoming housebound by 64%. .

 

More affordable than you think

People often think home care is unaffordable. With our transparent pricing you’ll only pay for the care you need, with no hidden costs. Follow our four-step plan to get any funding you’re eligible for too:

  1. Claim all the benefits you’re entitled to
  2. Apply for NHS Continuing Healthcare
  3. Get funding from your local council
  4. Use your assets
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A truly personal touch

We match you with an expert, vetted carer based on your needs, personality and lifestyle.

That means taking the time to paint a picture of the kind of person you are in order to find someone you’ll genuinely get on with.

Speak to an expert

Interested in finding out more about live-in care from Elder? Get started by booking an appointment with one of our expert care advisors.

 

Real life story: Colin and Dulcie’s story

Dulcie is 102-years-old and lives with her son Colin, his wife Mary, and her Carer Sarah. She has dementia and has had full-time live-in care for over two years.

We talk to the family about the challenges of finding the right care solution for a fiercely independent woman – and how the positive benefits of live-in care with Sarah has transformed all of their lives.

for nearly every need

For nearly every need

From those who simply require someone to keep them company to those with complex dementia needs, we'll help find a carer to suit nearly every situation. Always a vetted, English-speaker who has undergone full background checks.


Available nationwide

We help families up and down the UK – from the Land’s End to John o’ Groats, regardless of how rural the location. We’ll also arrange all the travel directly with the carer.





other ways to get in touch

Other ways to get in touch

Our advisors are able to help you navigate the complexities of arranging care, as well as tailoring a bespoke plan to your family’s needs. click here to book a time to chat.




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We guarantee that, if your loved one has dementia, they’ll get a carer with experience of looking after someone with the condition. We also meet all of our carers face-to-face, undertake a full background check and take references of their work history.

The way we’re able to pass on such a competitive price is by having minimal bricks and mortar establishments. So we’re unable to arrange in-person meetings ahead of the carer arriving. However, we’ll send your family a full CV and personal introductory video so you can get an idea of the type of person we’ve selected. Once care begins, you have a trial week to be sure it’s right. If you’re not happy, your family is free to leave, no strings attached.

Yes, it’s a requirement for all carers working with us to be able to speak fluent English. If they’re not British nationals, we’ll make sure their qualifications are up to the same, rigorous standards we have in the UK.

Yes, many of our customers use support from their local authority in the form of direct payments. To claim from your local council, start by arranging a care needs assessment with them. After this your loved one’s liquid (that’s not including their property) assets will be assessed. In England, if they have less than £23,250 they’ll be eligible for government support.

We understand the importance of continuity for those living with conditions such as dementia. However, the carers we work with are only human, and do require time off. You can expect your family’s primary carer to be with you for  around four weeks at a time, usually taking one or two weeks off. During this period, we’ll arrange for a respite carer to step in.

If the need is urgent, we’re able to put care in place in as little as 24-48 hours. However, usually we’d ask for longer. The more notice our team has to build up a picture of your needs, the more likely the carer is to be a good fit. If you require for care to be in place quickly, often we’ll find a carer based solely on experience and then will subsequently put the time in to find a more suitable, long-term match further down the line.

The carer will need their own bedroom to use for sleeping and as a place to relax when they are taking a break. It is best to provide a television and internet access for them since they will be spending so much time with you. The carer will prepare meals and probably eat with you, so separate dining facilities will not be needed. We’d recommend budgeting £30 per week for the carer’s food. However, if you’d like us to arrange it, we can add it to your weekly payments.

If you or your loved one likes to get out and about and they are well enough to do so, it can be a good idea to supply a car that the live-in carer can use. Having a car to use can also help with shopping trips and transport to appointments or daycare sessions, especially if you’re in an isolated area. Please bear in mind, for carers with cars we do ask for an additional fee. This is passed directly on to the carer.

There are various pieces of nursing equipment you can buy that can make care at home easier.

If you or a loved one spends a lot of time in bed or needs to change position at regular intervals, it’s worth opting for a hospital bed. In addition to raising and lowering to the optimum position for the carer to work, it will help to get into a comfortable position and sit  upright for meals. Hospital beds also have side rails to use if the person is at risk of falling. Extra equipment such as pressure relief mattresses will also minimise the development of pressure sores.

Usually, the district nursing service will advise on the best specialist equipment for providing care at home. They should also be able to organise the supply of these items from NHS stores, although some items may have to be purchased privately.

If you or your family member has mobility issues, it’s worth looking into the various aids that can help  – from walking aids such as Zimmer frames to the installation of a stair lift. If  unable to stand, you will need a hoist so that the live-in carer can reposition when necessary. Equipment such as a mobile commode is useful for toilet and personal hygiene tasks such as showering.

 
 

A live-in carer provides companionship for you or a loved one when family members are unable to be around. They will be chosen on the basis of shared interests and hobbies, as well as for the ability to meet medical and healthcare needs.

In a typical day the carer might play games or share activities such as cooking or gardening. They can also help with getting dressed, personal hygiene and administering medication. Put simply, the carer will try to support to ensure you or a loved on can carry on doing the things you enjoy, while minimising risk.

If care is for a loved one, You will be notified of illness or a fall, or anything else that you need to be aware of and the carer will also contact health care professionals such as nurses or doctors if they need to.

No, we can arrange for temporary care and short-term care too. If you usually care for your loved one, but are going on holiday, or just need a bit of time off, live-in care is the perfect cover. Please be aware, our prices vary for those on a temporary arrangement, and we offer discounts for block booking. 

 

 

The carer is on-hand to help. With their usual shift hours around 12 hours per day. So you can have the peace of mind of knowing that your loved one is safe and cared for. To provide additional peace of mind, there are many aids available to alert the carer to potential problems.

If your loved one is prone to falls and needs someone with them, a pressure mat placed beside the bed can trigger an alarm that lets the live-in carer know if the person gets up in the night. Similarly, alarms can be installed close to doors so that your loved one cannot wander off without their carer realising.