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Why chose live-in care ?

Survey after survey shows that the overwhelming majority of older people want to stay in their own home rather than moving to residential care. The Lords Select Committee on Public Service and Demographic Change March 2013 has conclusively recommended that staying at home should be the main focus of U.K Government policy more

Care homes remain the most well known form of care and while they can offer a good quality of care they are not for everyone and Covid 19 has cruelly exposed some of their limitations. Between 2017 and 2040 the number of people in the U.K aged over 65 is projected to increase by 49 per cent. The numbers of people aged over 85 —the group most likely to need health and care services —is projected to rise even more rapidly, nearly doubling from 1.4 to 2.7 million over the same period. This will place enormous pressures on residential care and nursing homes. The situation is expected to get progressively worse as there is a huge staffing crisis and there are fears that care homes will be forced to close — and that hospitals are already unable to discharge medically fit "bed-blocking" patients to homes as there are not enough staff to care for them.

Live in care is increasingly seen as a real, postive alternative. Of more than 11,700 people questioned, 87 per cent would prefer to be cared for in their own homes if the need arose, while less than one in ten, 8 per cent, would want to go into a residential care. Live in care offers
independence, dignity & individual care in the familiar surroundings of home and offers a number of real benefits.

The Benefits of live-in Care

Live-in care allows you or your loved one to stay in the comfort of your own home surrounded by all your personal possessions with no stressful upheaval. This is of paramount importance for anyone suffering from Alzheimer's or any form of dementia.

With live in care you receive a one-to one bespoke, personal service that is tailored to your needs and requirements. Quite simply carers have the time. In residential homes a carer is responsible and looks after many people and a recent government funded report found that visits by home help 'are often so short and infrequent that there is not enough time to carry out even the most basic tasks'. (The Equality and Human Rights Commission 2011)

Live-in care promotes Independence and allows you to maintain a sense of being in control.There are no rules and regulations in you own home you can get up or go to bed when you want, have friends and family visit whenever you want, keep your pet.The Carer is there to support you in a way you feel comfortable with. They don't want to impose and they don't take over. Their aim is to work with you, not to take control. You decide what you want help with not them.

Live-in care provides a continuity of care and a good live-in carer will quickly gain an understanding of the person they are looking after and will be sensitive to their feelings and moods.

Live-in care promotes better health. With the support of a live in carer, many people feel less lonely and vulnerable. In turn this often promotes animprovement in both the mental and physical wellbeing.They are less likely to suffer accidents or falls. Older people living in care homes are 3 times more likely to fall than those people living in their own home. Falls are the largest cause of emergency hospital admissions for older people (NHS, 2017). Falling can cause injury, distress, pain, loss of confidence or independence and mortality (PHE, 2018) .Hospital admissions for UTI infections are also significantly less. Older people are disproportionately represented in malnourished groups; 43% of UK malnutrition cases are people aged 65+, equating to around 1.3 million people.

Live-in care offers peace of mind for everyone. The family has peace of mind knowing that their loved one is being cared for 24 hours a day and that they have the freedom to visit and call whenever they want. People receiving care at home feel safer, more relaxed, more confident and often happier.

Full time live-in care is affordable and nearly always, cheaper than residential care.This is always the case when a couple require live in care.

Live in care provides companionship-often overlooked but very important to both mental and physical well being. A recent studysuggests that people living alone are less well on average than those living with others. It found that one in four older people living alone have a mental health condition, compared to one in five of older people living with others; while 50 per cent of older people living alone had three or more long-term conditions, compared with 42 per cent of older people living with others (Health Foundation 2018a).

Protection of your home as an asset - when assessing your eligibility to receive funding to help pay for your care if you remain living athome then your house isn't counted as an asset so so can passs it on family if you chose.

How long do I have to have a carer for ?

You can have a carer for as long as you want one. People often worry that by agreeing to have a live in carer they are then committed to have one for the rest of their lives. This is not true. We do not ask you to sign a long term contract or other long term binding agreements.


Live-in care is not just an option for those who can fund care privately.The U.K government's personalisation intitiative recognises and encourages people to remain living at home and if you are in receipt of direct payments or a personal health budget you can use this to pay for live-in care.

Live in care is surprisingly affordable and certainly comparable to the costs associated with moving into a care home. The average cost of a good care home nationwide is about £39,000 a year and in the South East this figure can easily reach £55,00.00 With our live in care costs starting at c. £120.00 per day dependent on your specific requirements, At Home Care's 24 hour live in care service offers a real alternative to residential care.

An article publish in the Daily Telegraph highlights how live in care offers a cost effective alternative to residential care.

'The soaring price of residential care for the elderly means that more families are opting to pay for their parents or relatives to be looked after in their own homes.

Not only is the overall cost usually lower with this method, but by remaining in their own home, those needing care can sometimes qualify for greater financial contributions from their local authority
The benefits of familiar surroundings and home-cooked food to the client are other powerful factors. The growing crisis around care funding and standards is also driving the trend: families want greater control over the quality of care and want to be spared the upheaval if residents have to move homes. The funding system means that in almost all cases homeowners have to pay all of their fees if they go into a care home
. (click here to read the article in full.)


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