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In home care - the cost and benefits

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Moving into a residential care facility can be a huge lifestyle change which can present many challenges.

Many families find that in home care helps to bridge the gap between meeting the care demands of the client while simultaneously allowing them the comfort and peace of mind of staying within their own surroundings. With a vast array of care options available and the needs of each and every client being unique to them, home care is something that needs a lot of consideration and planning in order for it to run smoothly. Here are some things to think about when analysing the practicalities and cost of in home care for yourself or for elderly loved ones.

In home care


One of the key benefits of in home care is that it allows the recipient to stay within comfortable and familiar surroundings. This can be particularly important for those living with degenerative conditions such as dementia. They will have their own things around them, retain the social engagement that they are accustomed to within their local community and even get to keep their beloved pets close by.


Studies indicate that residential care can cost up to £30,000 per year. The cost of in home care for elderly clients is usually charged at an hourly rate which allows for more flexible care which can be a lot more cost effective, depending on the needs of the client. If the client requires more hands-on, 24-hour care then discounts may be available but in many cases, it is widely accepted that in home care is the cheaper option of the two even when demands are high.

One on one care

If you have a designated carer - either one that visits or one that lives in - you can rest assured that you will benefit from one on one care and build up a good bond with the carer. This can be a more personal and rewarding service than having multiple carers who are looking after multiple clients in a care facility. You will also generally find that your needs are met much faster than where a carer is having to 'share care' with a number of other residents.

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Family ties

Being in the home means that it is easy for family to visit and be involved in the care plan. In fact, the family and the client will have much more control over the care that is given. It also enables the family the comfort of visiting in familiar surroundings and enjoying quality time with the client without other people around.


Many people worry about losing their independence when it comes to relying on others for care. The beauty of in home care is that it allows them to retain so much independence and go on living in the way they are used to - just with a little added help. They still have the freedom to arrange their own routine, pick what they'd like to eat and socialise when they like. For many people this is a major factor in deciding their care options.

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