How Elder are Providing Live-in Care as an Alternative to The Traditional Care Home

Caring for an elderly relative can often place emotional and physical distress on a family member, especially if they are living with a serious health condition, such as dementia.
Not only will a family member want to provide their loved one with the highest quality of care, but they will also, more than likely, need to juggle family life and their professional career. Many families therefore often turn to traditional care homes, because they believe they can no longer provide an adequate level of care for a loved one.

The thought of moving an elderly resident from the comfort of their home and into a care home is bound to be upsetting, but many families may believe they have no other option. However, there is an alternative that can ensure a loved one can remain within the comfort of their home and receive 24-hour care.

One of the UK’s leading live-in care providers, Elder, can provide experienced, qualified live-in carers who can be with an elderly relative in as little as 24 hours. The carer will live in the client’s spare bedroom, providing around the clock care. What’s more, a carer and the elderly person will be matched on their mutual interests, so they can form a companionship, which will help to keep loneliness at bay.

Not only will an elderly person feel safe in the knowledge that a carer is on-hand each day within their home, but they will also be able to enjoy the company of their pets, if they have any, which are often banned in many traditional care homes.

Live in carerWith one in five care homes failing standards, the traditional care home has become an increasingly big concern for those looking at care alternatives, with many families worried about the treatment their loved ones may receive outside of their home. While not all traditional care homes are the same, many family members are now turning to live-in care alternatives to ensure their relatives receive the individual care they need to improve their quality of life.

The last census reported that 290,000 elderly people are currently living in a traditional care home, with only 10,000 people using home care services. However, with the quality of the traditional home care being called into question, the live-in care figures are expected to rise, with more families wanting to ensure their loved one can receive high-quality care in their familiar surroundings.

It’s not just family members that are looking for live-in carers, because many home care providers are currently seeking dedicated carers to join their team, with the aim of providing exceptional elderly care across the country. The role could be ideal for those looking for a change in lifestyle or career, as they will live in a person’s home and make a big difference to both the client and their family’s lives every day.

Nothing can be more upsetting than the thought of a loved one’s health deteriorating, but live-in care providers can ensure a relative is well cared for each day, so a family member can have some peace of mind that a loved one is safe and content from within the comfort of their own home.

Home Care v Care Home: What’s the Right Option for You?

Are you approaching a time where you need to make a decision about the kind of care you’ll need, and where you want to receive it?

Many people find it very difficult to choose whether to go into a care home or receive care in the home, and that’s because there’s an awful lot to consider from a financial, practical and emotional perspective.

It’s likely that neither a care home or receiving care in your home is going to be an entirely perfect solution, but aim to be as objective as you possibly can be and think about which option provides you with the highest quality of care at the best possible price by weighing up the pros and cons below.

A care home

A care home is a place where you will be able to live on a full-time basis. Often, your partner can live there too, and you’ll have all your needs met by a team of trained staff.

There are two main types of care home: the first is a home that provides nursing care and assistance with personal care. The second is a home that provides nursing care with registered nurses and experienced care assistants.

The option you choose will largely depend on the level of support and assistance you require, and the amount of money you have to pay for your residency in the home. On average, a residential care home can cost around £28,500 a year, or as much as £37,500 if nursing is required.

There are lots of good things about going into a care home, such as having trained staff on hand at all times, not needing to worry about chores or maintaining a house, as well as having company and lots of opportunism for social interaction. However, there are some downsides too, such as losing some of your independence and needing to move all your belongings into a room. You can read more about the pros and cons of moving into a care home here, as well as the pros and cons of receiving care in your home too.


Home care

Home care means that you’ll continue to live in your home (or a family member’s home), supported by registered care workers who visit you regularly to help with your personal care, meal preparation, personal care and other tasks. For instance, some care packages will include cleaning, chores, ‘meals on wheels’ and anything else you’d like to do yourself but may need support with.

Carers will cost around £15 an hour, so expect to pay £11,000 a year for carers to assist you for 14 hours a week, or as much as £30,000 a year if you’d like a carer to help you full-time during the day.

The best thing about home care is that you’ll be able to stay in your home and retain some of your independence. You’ll also be able to continue a way of life that feels familiar to you, and you’ll be in full control of the level and frequency of care you receive.

However, there are also some downsides too. The first downside is that you’re still at risk if you remain in your own home (despite alarm systems and regular visits from carers), and you may not be getting the full level of support you really need without even realising it. Another big concern is that you may suffer with loneliness and isolation – something that’s a challenge for many elderly people at the moment. You may also need to make modifications to your home in order for you continue living there, which can be an expensive and stressful undertaking.

Other things you should consider

As well as the financial implications and the pros and cons of each option, here are a few other things you should consider:

Are younger family members willing and able to provide any level of care if you were to stay in your home?

  • How do you feel about coping through the night if you can only afford to pay for a carer to visit you in your home throughout the day?
  • Would you enjoy making friends with staff and other residents in a care home?
  • Do you already suffer with loneliness and isolation?
  • How do your partner’s needs fit with your own? Can you find a solution that best serves you both?

What’s the right option for you?

Carefully weigh up the pros and cons of each and see which option appears to be the best choice for you. While you may be determined to stay in your home and retain your independence, or are fixed on the idea of moving into a home, try to be objective: evaluate if the arrangement is really working for you, and be prepared to change your plans if your health or financial situation suddenly changes too.