How much does home care cost?

Are you or your loved one interested in home care in Christchurch or the surrounding area? Home care is a personalised, more comfortable, and surprisingly more cost effective alternative to a care home. Designed to support a person’s independence, it allows a person to receive the support they require to live well without having to relocate. Read on to find out more about the costs associated with home care and the value it can provide to you or an older relative. 

The cost of home care

When looking for a home care provider, it’s important to consider the fees involved. In general, you can expect to pay between £20 to £30 per hour for a professional carer. Bear in mind that these costs may vary across the country and may also increase at weekends or on bank holidays.

The beauty of home care is that it enables people to work closely with their carers to create a package of care tailored to their individual needs, as well as to work around their specific schedule. We truly believe that when it comes to care, there is ‘no one size fits all solution.’ That’s why we’ll work with your family to design an affordable care package based on your needs. Plus, you can rest assured that with our transparent pricing options, you don’t have to worry about hidden fees emerging later. 

How will home care benefit me?

Home care supports a person’s independence by enabling them to remain in the comfort of their existing home for as long as possible. It is particularly beneficial for individuals living with dementia where a change of environment or a break from regular routine may be unsettling or overwhelming. Home care means you get to retain greater control over your situation and surroundings. Best of all, your family will be able to visit you at your convenience without having to arrange or schedule visits. 

Our experienced carers can perform a wide range of duties including helping with personal tasks (washing and dressing), assisting with domestic chores (cooking and cleaning), providing companionship, administering medical support, and arranging social outings. With prior authorisation, our team can even organize carpet cleanings, arrange a podiatrist, or put up an extra TV in the bedroom at no extra co-ordinating costs. This is just one of the ways home care provides superior service. 

Home care vs care home costs 

Like home care, the cost of living in a care home can vary across the UK. What you pay can depend on a variety of factors including:

  • Where you live
  • The type of care needed 
  • Your income and savings, and whether you are eligible for financial support. 

Across the UK, the average monthly average cost of residential care is £2816 while receiving nursing care in a care home costs £3552. Specialist care, such as dementia care,  often costs more. 

Is financial support available? 

Financial support may be available following a financial assessment which takes into account your income and savings. You may also be entitled to certain benefits such as:

  • Attendance Allowance: available for anyone over State Pension age who needs assistance to live independently at home due to an illness or disability.
  • Personal Independence Payment: available for people under State Pension age who require assistance with daily activities or getting around due to a long-term illness or disability.
  • Carer’s Allowance: a monetary supplement of £67.70 a week to people who spend at least 35 hours per week providing regular care to someone. 

Contact us 

If you’re interested in our home care services, please do not hesitate to get in touch or telephone us on 01202 800494 with any questions or concerns. We would be more than happy to answer any of your questions or provide additional information on how we can support you or your loved one.