Everything you need to know about live-in care

November 13, 2023 Live-In Care

Everything you need to know about live-in care

With so many available options for care, whether it be post – op or general support, we have looked at the benefits of live – in care, the process and why a large majority of people are opting for a more personal and tailored approach.

Opportunity for one to one support

One of the main reasons people opt for live – in care is the fact the carer is on hand solely for that individual. You have the reassurance that your needs will be put first, and each day will be on your terms in the comfort of your own home, without having to wait around or have someone make decisions for you.


When selecting an agency for care, it’s important to consider the mental and physical wellbeing of the person being cared for. Adding too much disruption to someone’s life can create a great deal of stress and uncertainty. In some instances, such as caring for a person suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia can do more harm if you take them out of their familiar setting. Alternatively if you have children and need to be at home for them, but require help to manage your health and physical wellbeing opting for live-in even short term can be a big help.

More than just a carer

A live-in carer will need to tick a lot of boxes before they come to stay with you and start providing care. It can seem daunting that your carer will move in and be involved in many aspects of your life, but they will be as involved or as separated from you as you like. But you can relax in the knowledge that there is always someone there to help medically.

Financial considerations

Probably one of the most daunting things to think about when considering live – in care. You will be glad to know that this type of care is comparable to the cost of residential care home costs, ok albeit slightly more, but what more can you expect from around the clock live – in personal care?
Costs do vary across the country, however on average a residential care home can cost you between £800 – £1,200 a week, compared to live – in costs starting at £1015 per week.

The added extras from an agency

An agency will provide a service through a trained team of care workers, which means you may not always have the same person visiting your home, although the agency will do its best to take your choices into account.

Homecare agencies can also:
• Take over the burden of being an employer – for example, payroll, training, disciplinary issues and insurance
• Train their homecare workers through national qualifications and service-specific training
• Replace workers when they’re ill, on holiday or resign
• Put things right when they go wrong

Questions to ask when identifying an agency

You have done all the research and now need to decide on the agency. Here are some questions about the fee and what it covers.
These include:
• Does the agency check references?
• What training and supervision do they provide?
• What’s their complaints policy?
• Who’s responsible for insurance?
• Is there any out-of-hours or emergency contact if needed?

Will they be able to provide staff if your own care worker is ill or away? If an agency is contracted to provide care every day, it must do that.

The first step of arranging live–in care

Organising live – in care is an easy straightforward process. After choosing an agency, you (or the individual who needs care) will be required to have an assessment which will allow the agency to create a bespoke care – plan to suit your needs. A carer could be with you as soon as 24 – 48 hours after your initial assessment.
The agency will choose a carer that matches your requirements and personal preferences. It’s vital that your carer is a good fit for what you’re looking for, as you will be spending a lot of time with each other! You do of course have the option to request another carer if you feel the one that has been chosen for you is not suitable to fulfil your needs.

How can Cavendish Homecare Help?

At Cavendish Homecare, we are specialists in live-in care. We understand and respect that the relationship between carer and patient is what is most important.

Whether it’s for you or a loved one, our live-in care is of superior quality. Our live-in Registered Nurses and Carers can offer support and companionship throughout the day, and even during the night should you need 24-hour live-in care. Everything from doing the housekeeping and shopping to helping with personal care, medication administration and clinical expertise. They will be there to chat with and can help you get on with life reassured that there’s always someone on-hand to help.

If you would like to enquire about our live-in care services, contact us on, 020 4571 3620 or email us at info@cavendishhomecare.com.

About the Author…

Grace Laudy

Recruitment and Compliance Assistant

Grace Laudy, a dynamic individual driven by a strong passion for making a positive impact on society and excelling in her professional life. Grace is actively involved in her local leisure centre, championing inclusivity in sports for individuals with disabilities. Grace’s compassion extends beyond community involvement to her personal life, where she provides support to a family member living with Parkinson’s disease.

Having transitioned into a pivotal role as a recruitment and compliance assistant at Cavendish Homecare, Grace excels at guiding nurses and carers through the onboarding process and expertly handling the meticulous management of compliance. Grace’s multifaceted contributions showcase her as an exceptional professional with a genuine commitment to making a positive impact on all clients, nurses, and carers.

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