We know we are biased, but, we genuinely believe that for the majority of people, there is no better option in old age or illness than being cared for by a dedicated carer, in your own home. It’s the reason we created our business.

Care home costs can vary widely across the UK depending on where you live and what type of care is needed.  Whether in West Sussex, Surrey or anywhere else across the southern half of the UK, average costs for a good quality care home are high, and increasing all the time.  Also, the final cost can also depend on whether a room is a single or shared, and even what the specific care needs are. For example, a care home is quite likely to add to its average fee to look after someone who has dementia.

Moving to a residential care home is often the default solution when someone needs additional care and support.  We recognise that residential care might be the only solution for some.  However, in our experience residential care homes often do not offer the continuity, quality of care, independence and lifestyle that can be delivered with one-to-one care in a client’s own home.  Additionally, when everything is considered, residential care it is often the more expensive option.  A report published by healthcare specialists Laing & Buisson in 2013/14, stated that depending on UK location, average weekly costs for residential care could cost from £962 per week.  Engaging a self-employed live-in carer starts from as little as £740 per week.

However, cost is only one aspect to consider.  We think you’ll agree that there are many advantages to live-in care that are not only difficult to put a monetary value on but simply can’t be matched by a care home as the following comparison shows.

Loss of independence and unfamiliar


Independence maintained in the comfort of own home
Varied continuity and level of care Companionship and continuity of care at all times
Varied carers, working on shifts, not always 24 hours a day Personally selected carers, delivering person-centred care, one-to-one, round the clock
Carers with varied skills provide care to a wide range of clients’ needs Carers skills matched to physical and mental needs of the client
Moving costs and stress of relocation No moving costs and eliminates associated stress of leaving one’s own home
Set menus at prescribed times Freedom to choose what and when to eat, meals cooked to personal choice
Personal pets are often not allowed Pets can remain at home with the client
Per bed charge and often a lack of availability for couples to share a room Special rates for couples – making live-in care far more competitively priced
Lack of privacy, often visiting times are fixed or limited. Visitors can come whenever you want and visits are private

So what do you think? What would you prefer for your parent, or indeed yourself as you get older? We think it’s pretty clear cut, but if you’ve got a different perspective or question about live-in care, we’d love to hear from you, without obligation.  Call the Otus Live-in Care team for more advice on 01403 710119.

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