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What are the costs of elderly care & how can you arrange elderly care at home

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Elderly care delivered in the comfort of your home is one of the most sought-after care options for the elderly. The main benefit of elderly care at home is the fact that it enables you to maintain your independence for as long as possible.

Elderly care is completely customisable to one’s needs and requirements. With elderly care at home, you will receive the helping hand you need to allow you to keep enjoying the lifestyle you are used to.

But if this is the first time considering elderly care at home, then you must have certain questions. In this article, we will explain what is elderly care at home, what are the costs involved with it and how you can arrange to receive these services in your home.

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What does elderly care at-home entail?

Elderly care at home refers both to care assistance and housekeeping assistance. By having elderly care at home you can ensure that your life continues to run as smooth as possible, with a helping hand where you need it. No matter if you have an illness or condition, elderly care will allow you to live the same life you have enjoyed thus far.

If you decide to go down the elderly care at-home route, you will have one carer you visit you at home to help with whatever needs you may have. Your care package will be established in advance with your personal care consultant.

Your elderly carer will support you in your home with any care-related needs as well as household needs. They will support with personal care tasks such as showering, toileting, dressing and undressing, for example, as well as medication management, liaising with doctors and GPs and assisting with mobility, just to name a few.

They will also be your helping hand around the home, helping with whatever household tasks you may need. Some of the duties they can perform include but are not limited to, dusting, hoovering, mopping, doing the washing up, changing bed linen, doing the gardening as well as cooking delicious meals.

What are the costs associated with elderly care at home?

The costs associated with elderly care at home differ depending on how long you will need a carer for, - depending on whether it will be a temporary or permanent placement - how many hours you will need the carer for, as well as the complexity of the tasks they will have to perform.

When you are looking at the costs of elderly care at home, you should first know that this will generally be the most cost-effective option compared to the option of going into a care home. With Guardian Carers, you will only have to pay a one-off fee and afterwards you will keep paying your carer’s salary.

The costs of elderly care at home will range depending on the type of care you need. If you are looking at part-time care, a carer will charge anything from £12 to £15 per hour. If you are thinking of full-time care, the cost per hour will be between £11 to £14 per hour.

If your needs are more advanced and you think you will require live-in care, then the carer will charge a daily rate. This will range from £100 per day to £140 per day, depending on the complexity of the role. If night-time care is something you would like, then you should consider that carers will charge a night rate of £15 to £20 per hour.

How can you arrange elderly care at home?

Now that you know what are the costs of elderly care at home, we will walk you through the simple process of arranging care in your home with Guardian Carers. From your first phone call, you will be assigned a personal care consultant who will find out your needs and requirements and determine what is the best care option for you.

After you register with us, they will start the search for you, recruiting candidates based on your needs, your desired qualifications and based on their proximity to you. You will receive carer profiles to choose from and make an informed decision.

You should know that any carer registered with us has a minimum of two years of professional care experience. This way, we can ensure the delivery of premium services in your home. The carers are interviewed by our expert consultants, ensuring that they have the necessary skills and qualifications. Their references are verbally checked and the consultant also ensures that they hold a current enhanced DBS check and a valid First Aid Certificate, if required.

With Guardian Carers you also have the unique opportunity of meeting the carers you prefer for a face to face or video interview. This is an option that many of our clients prefer, as it allows them to make an informed decision with regards to their short-term or long-term care needs.

Guardian Carers is special in offering you a 6-month replacement guarantee. This means that if for any reason you find that you and your carer do not work together, we will provide you with a replacement free of charge. Nevertheless, you should rest assured that this is unlikely to happen since our replacement rate is as low as 5%.

If you require a permanent elderly care placement in your home, you will also benefit from using our payroll service, free of charge for the first 6 months. If you are interested in knowing more about how we work and how you can arrange elderly care at home, you can give us a call on 0207 183 1395 or fill-out the enquiry form on our website.

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