Live-in care explained: expert answers 7 most-commonly asked questions
PUBLISHED: 13:09 07 October 2020 | UPDATED: 13:09 07 October 2020
We spoke to Andy Boardman, managing director of Alcedo Care, who shares the answers to seven key questions about live-in care services.
1) What is live-in care?
Live-in care is when a professional carer moves into your home and provides round-the-clock care.
2) Who is live-in care for?
“Live-in care is for couples and individuals of all ages needing anything from simple companionship and support to full-time, complex care,” Andy explains.
Live-in care can be provided for a short time, as respite or rehabilitation care - when family members go on holiday, or you return from hospital - or long term, ongoing care.
3) When does someone need live-in care?
You should start thinking about a care solution when your dependent loved one needs more support than can be offered by family and friends.
4) Why choose live-in care?
Live-in care helps people maintain their independence, control their routines and lifestyle, and avoid the pain of moving away from family, friends and beloved pets.
“In residential care you have to conform to the routines of the home, such as pre-designated meal times and activities,” says Andy.
“There is far less one-to-one support, as carers are stretched across multiple people. Live-in carers can offer clients their full attention.”
Live-in care can be particularly beneficial during the pandemic. Your home is a controlled environment and ‘it’s less risky to see the same two carers than be in contact with multiple people at a care home.’ It also allows families to keep in closer contact.
5) How much is live-in care?
At Alcedo Care, live-in care starts at just over £1,000 a week for an individual and £1,400 for couples. Each have individual care packages, but it’s more affordable because a large portion of the costs are already covered.
“Instead of paying to live in a care home, your money goes towards a higher quality of care, a potentially better way of life, and improved health and wellbeing,” explains Andy.
6) Who provides live-in care services?
A live-in care agency will supply a carer, but this option has no safety net – you become responsible for the carer as their employer.
“We are regulated by the CQC and fully answerable for the live-in carers we employ,” says Andy.
7) What should I look for in a live-care provider?
It’s important to do your research. Check customer reviews on homecare.co.uk, CQC ratings, the latest inspection report, and a company’s online presence to get an idea of their values.
Andy suggests: “Make contact with the provider and ask questions to learn about the things that are most important to you.”