Top questions about cost of care

How much do live-in carers get paid per day?

Depending on the situation and the carer’s experience, they’ll receive on average between £120 and £150 a day.

Can I get help funding care?

If the person receiving care has assets of less than £23,250 they may be eligible for support from their local authority.

How can I reduce the cost of care?

hometouch gives you the flexibility to find a care plan that suits your budget and your loved one’s needs.

Many people prefer to stay in their own home for as long as possible as they grow older, as the familiar environment, close proximity to friends and family, and sense of independence can improve function and wellbeing during their later years, particularly in conditions such as dementia.

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How much does 24 hour care cost in 2019?

At hometouch, hourly care can cost anywhere from £15 per hour, and live-in care can cost from £120 per day. If the level of care needed is higher, or the requirements are specialised, we can offer intermediate or complex care. Live-in home care can provide anything from a practical personal assistant who helps around the house, to an experienced, dedicated live-in carer aiding all aspects of personal healthcare.

Live-in home care costs vary depending on where you live, the sort of care needed and the way in which the support is accessed.

Residential care homes in the UK

Residential care can cost an average of £29,250 per year for a care home, or £39,300 per year if nursing is required. This means that live-in care fees can be particularly cost-effective for couples; allowing them to stay at home together and pay once for a live-in carer instead of twice for two residential places.

Domiciliary care might be a better option, with a carer on £15 an hour costing around £22,000 on a 28 hours a week basis, or £30,000 - £40,000 a year for full-time 1-to-1 care.

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Funding live-in home care

A combination of an individual’s financial means and care needs will be assessed to see whether they are entitled to any local authority funding. If the council decides your loved one is eligible for assistance, they are entitled to choose between council provided care or direct payments. Council care can be a simple and straightforward option; however direct payment of a ‘personal budget’ allows the individual greater control and flexibility. If you or someone you care for get help from social services you can apply for direct payments below. The council allocated ‘personal budget’ can be used to arrange and pay for care and support. This can help ensure continuity of care and also provides the freedom to choose people that you can personally relate to and that best meet your needs.

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