Live-In Care Across The UK
What Is Live-in Care
Live-in Care (also referred to as Care at Home) is care provided by highly trained, skilled and trusted Live-in Carers who stay with you in your own home, on-hand to provide the professional bespoke care you need, 24/7.
Reassuring and comforting, Live-in Care is the generally preferred alternative to the prospect of residential nursing homes, for the care needs of the elderly and vulnerable.
Not only is it much less disruptive than unpredictable community care or extended hospital stays, but it can also be considerably more cost-effective.
Choice Of Live-in Care Service Options:
Consultus have two Live-in Care service options available depending, on how you would like to manage your Live-in Care. The levels of care provided are identical, the differences are administrative and contractual.
1. Care At Home Introductory Service
This is our longest established service, offering the most cost-effective Live-in Care, where we introduce self-employed Live-in Carers to our clients who manage their requirements with the Live-in Carer directly, and Consultus continually liaise closely with the client or their representative, to ensure expectations are met.
2. Care At Home Fully Managed (Regulated) Service
This is a fully managed service by our Managed Care Department. It is CQC regulated, and being a fully-managed model, is an alternative to the Introductory Service option designed to relieve the client, family or client representative from all care management responsibilities.
All the advantages of the Care at Home Introductory Service are very much present, together with the additional advice from a Consultus Care Consultant, who manages all elements of the Live-in Care service on your behalf.
What Does A Live-in Carer Do:
Live-in Carers are trained to help with a wide range of care needs, including personal care, minor medical conditions such as arthritis, mobility problem and incontinence issues, and major medical conditions such as Parkinson’s, Strokes, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care.
Our Live-in Carers can provide palliative care and end-of life-care to help you manage life-limiting illness and improve your quality of life in your remaining time.
A dedicated Live-in Carer provides you with personal care, assistance and support in your own home, tailored to your specific situation and needs, including helping with washing, mobility or assisting with housework and pets.
Benefits of Live-in Care:
Private Live-in Care allows you to continue to live in the comfort of your own home with our fully-trained, highly experienced and passionate Live-in Carers, providing all the practicalities of a full-time Care at Home service.
Not only will you feel better being at ease amongst your belongings and memories, but you also gain companionship and support, which gives you and your family complete peace of mind.
There’s none of the upheaval associated with moving to a small single room in a care home. With Private Live-in Care, your life carries on as normal, extending your independence and giving you daily freedom of choice, and a better quality of life.
Live-in care allows you complete autonomy to maintain your independence and routines as well as allowing you to keep your possessions and family pets.
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Live-in Care Frequently Asked Questions
A live-in carer will stay with you and provide you with 24/7 support and care that is tailored to your individual needs. They can help with personal care, medication, household tasks and complex care.
Live-in care starts at £97 for a single client or £112 for couples, which is considerably less than the cost of two residential care home fees, saving on the cost of care.
There may be care funding available to you from your local authority depending on your financial circumstances and care needs. Visit our Home Care Costs page for more information.
Yes, a live-in carer will require their own bedroom while they stay with you. It is important that a carer has their own space where they can relax and sleep while they are not working.
Carers provide different levels of support, depending on the client’s needs, priorities and preferences. Duties typically include:
- Personal care work – dressing, washing, showering, bathing, oral care, hair care, shaving, continence care and toileting
- Assisting with mobility, transferring from bed to chair, for instance
- General housework, shopping, cooking, laundry and cleaning
- Companionship, emotional support, help with social activities and outings
- Help with looking after family pets
Simply call us on 01732 355 231 and speak with our New Client Care Consultants
For support with more advanced medical conditions we would recommend booking a Consultus Live-in Nurse.
We take your individual care needs, concerns, preferences and personality into account when assigning carers. Once we have asked you the relevant questions we will review our relevant carers, matching their experience and expertise to your care needs as well as their likes and dislikes to ensure they are the best fit for you and your needs.
We will send you a confirmation letter and you can speak with the carer we assign over the phone. We check with both carer and client that all is well and ask you for your feedback.
Live-in carers typically work seven days a week for a period of two weeks at a time. Whilst there are no specified hours of work, in each 24-hour period a carer would need 8 hours for sleep. We also ask, where possible, that the carer is given up to two hours off each day, preferably as a single break. Each booking is unique and your carer will work with you where possible to accommodate your needs.
Yes, bookings can be occasional, infrequent and short-term. For a minimum of 3 days. Please discuss your requirements with our New Client Care Consultants
Unfortunately not; we specialise in 24/7 live-in care and nursing. If you decide you do not need a live-in carer, we recommend that any visiting healthcare assistant bookings are made through a fellow member of the United Kingdom Home Care Association. Please call UKHCA on 020 8661 8188.
The main role of a carer is client care and wellbeing, but they are also there to help with the smooth running of the home, so light housekeeping, laundry, cooking, driving and shopping duties are included in the domestic duties; each can be included where personal care needs allow.
Our clients tell us that while it sometimes feels a little odd initially to have a new person staying in their home, that feeling quickly fades away – and is infinitely preferable to moving to the institutional environment of a care home, which can be impersonal and unfamiliar.
Our carers are reliable, discreet, friendly and committed to the physical and emotional wellbeing of their clients. They operate in a professional, polite, dependable and confidential manner, and always respect the homes and privacy of clients.
We completely understand that unforeseen circumstances can mean the need to postpone a confirmed booking, or even arrange a break in the service. Please call our Care Consultants on 01732 355231 as soon as any unavoidable changes in circumstance arise.
Yes, we do, depending on the service you choose. Our Introductory Service is nationwide. Our Managed Care at Home Service is available in London, South East, Hampshire & surrounding areas. Just get in touch with our New Client Care Consultants and they will identify the best service matched to your particular needs.
It’s not possible to meet the carer we assign face to face before your booking starts. Once we have confirmed the booking there will be an opportunity to speak to your carer when arrival and changeover arrangements will also be discussed.
Most of our carers come through personal recommendation, our Recruitment Department at head office and via our Overseas Agents in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Australia.
All carers have a face to face interview, at which we check all documentation, take professional references and process a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure and DBS Adult First. All professional references are followed up with police checks from their country of origin.
Many of our carers are experienced in helping people with all types of dementia and its associated challenges, such as memory loss, confusion or problems with speech and understanding. We give our carers a wider understanding of dementia and its symptoms with our in-house dementia training courses.
The need for routine and familiarity for people with dementia is well established. Our carers help clients retain their sense of identity, self-worth and security by caring for them in the most comfortable environment possible – their own home. They enable better communication, engage in activities and provide a stable, stress-free consistency of care that forms a regular routine.
Yes, many of our clients have favourite regular carers, and we try to arrange a rota of carers wherever possible.
The cost for a live-in carer for a single client is typically less than residential nursing home fees. Where a couple wishes to remain at home together, it is possible they could both be cared for by a single Consultus Live-in Carer and pay considerably less than combined residential fees.
We are more than happy to give you a no-obligation quotation over the telephone. Please contact our New Client Care Consultants on 01732 355231.