Live in your own home
    For excellent value
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    A rewarding career
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  • Rewarding career

Live-in care with Christies Care

Who has live-in home care?

Anybody who needs full time care and wants to live in their own home. With live-in care, you have a trained carer who lives with you; who is there for you 24 hours a day; who is there to help you to live life as you choose, in your own home. For our elderly clients, it means that they can carry on living at home, with their husband or wife, garden, pets, familiar circle of friends and neighbours. For our younger clients, it means that they can go to university, have a job, go to the pub, have a family life, and generally live life as they want. You can have live-in home care for as long as you like: two weeks, a month, every now and again to cover while a family carer has a break, or for ever. It is up to you.

We are live-in care specialists

Christies Care specialises in providing fully trained and Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked live-in carers throughout the UK. Family owned and run, Care Quality Commission (CQC) registered and members of the live-in homecare information hub, we have over 25 years of experience in this specialised field. We train all our carers to be companions, as well as to carry out the usual tasks of daily living such as cooking, laundry, light housework, and helping their clients get out and about. They give as much personal care and help with mobility as is needed.

What does live-in care cost?

Christies Care has two models of live-in care, managed and self-employed. Our clients choose which model they prefer.

The managed model. We employ the carer and take full responsibility for carrying out your agreed care tasks. A week of live-in care generally costs between £800 and £950, depending on our client’s condition.

The self-employed model. There is an alternative. If you are confident that the manner in which your carer carries out her tasks will not be subject to supervision, direction or control by anyone, then you may use us as an introducing agency. We don’t employ the carer but introduce her to you, to work under contract to you, to carry out your wishes. Costs generally range from £600 to £750 a week. It is subject to rules set out in the Finance Act 2014. Our team can explain the choices in more detail, or please look at our Management and Control page on our website.

Who are our carers?

Our carers are just that, people who care. We have a rigorous recruitment process, but most of all we are looking for people who have the right, caring attitude. It doesn’t matter what previous experience a carer has, as all carers go through our in-depth two-week induction course where they are given the skills needed to go out and care for their clients. Christies Care is growing, so we are recruiting for new carers. If you feel you have the right skills and attitude, please look at our be a live in carer page, and apply.

How does it work?

We learn as much as possible about you. To be a success, we need to know as much as possible about you. The tasks you want or need the carer to do; the type of person you want for your carer; and enough about you and your personality to be able to find the right carers. We get this information over the telephone, email, skype or face-to-face, whatever our clients want, or whatever the situation demands. Often we send one of our Local Area Advisors to visit our client, to do a full assessment. This visit is free and carries no obligation.
You have your questions answered – over the telephone and face to face. Our team is there to answer all of your questions. If you want, we will ask our local area advisor to come and talk to you and explain anything in detail. This visit is free.
We build a team of carers to look after you. We know that one person can’t stay with a client forever. Everybody needs a break. So we build a team of maybe three or four carers, each of whom stays with her client for however long she and her client want (it may be four, six, eight weeks at a time), and then is replaced by another known and liked, team member. Over the years, we have found that a team of three or four is much more stable than the alternative of having one ‘main’ carer, who stays for a long time and is covered by a short term ‘holiday’ carer.

We start to build this team by introducing carers for a week or two at a time. This is long enough for our client to really get to know whether she likes this carer (and vice versa). If a client gets on well with her carer, the carer then can stay for longer. If not, the client never has to see that carer again.

​Any questions?

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to somebody about live-in care, please call us on 01728 605 107 or email us on care@christiescare.com. If you would like to talk to someone who is already having live-in care from us, please ask, and we will put you in touch.

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    • Testimonial

      A HUGE thank you for the beautiful box of chocolates that arrived today... a lovely early birthday present.

      It's my pleasure to work for such a professional, dependable, welcoming company. It's one of the only times in my life I've truly been able to say "I love my job"!!

      A massive thanks for all the support you provide and hard work you put in.

      Letter from a carer, April 2015
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      Jo is a wonderful carer - professional, kind, thoughtful, compassionate and she seems to think of everything. We couldn’t manage without her and I cannot express how much my mother and I appreciate her work.

      All of the family enjoy her company and feel that she adds tremendously to any event.

      I never have to worry about getting my Mum into the house when we return from somewhere, Jo’s always ready and waiting. She helps with the complicated process of getting the wheelchair into and out of the car and is incredibly flexible and patient.”

      From a client's daughter, April 2015
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      I enjoyed my time with Christies, and am convinced it’s the best care company in the UK!

      Many thanks to the training team, booking team, and much praise to Kathryn for quietly doing a most excellent job with patience and kindness.”

      Letter from a carer, April 2015
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      Many thanks for all your care and attention, I am quite sure that Sandra’s care and thoughtfulness got him back on his feet far quicker than he would have otherwise, he is now very chirpy and has a new lease of life.

      For that we are very grateful.

      Letter from a respite client's daughter, April 2015
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      Christies Care is one of the best agencies out there. They provide training and many opportunities to complete courses and expand one’s knowledge. There is good support, the office staff seems to be better at listening and respecting carers. They are interested in what is going on and always call back with advice should there be a problem. There is always enough work for good carers.

      Letter from a carer, April 2015
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      I just wanted to say thank you for the care you have supplied over the last 4 weeks for my Mum.

      Kathy has been excellent, and her behaviour and discretion over the period of my father's funeral cannot to be faulted

      Email from a client's daughter, April 2015
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      I’ve always had work when I've wanted it, my team is fine, the booking coordinators are really nice and the clients have all been fine too.

      I only have positive things to say about Christies Care.

      Feedback from a carer, April 2015
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      The best laid plans...Mama died yesterday afternoon. She was so pleased with all you did to enable her to spend another 3 years at home, enjoying all her friendships, the companionship of her carers and the hugely professional and thoughtful overall organisation of Christies.

      We are all so grateful and will recommend you every time! All good wishes and heartfelt thanks to you all.

      Letter from the daughter of a client, April 2015
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      A HUGE thank you to everyone at Christies. Being an Australian backpacker, I knew it would be difficult for me to set up a bank account and NI number and all of that other stuff but thanks to you guys (basically doing it all for me) it was so easy. Also, travelling around Europe I’m never stressed because I know when I go back to England your team always do their best to find me work. So my life changing backpacking experience has been made 100 times more enjoyable (and less stressful thanks to Christies)!

      Also, getting chocolates and a card sent to me on my birthday was the nicest thing ever.”

      Carer, Kirsty Starling. January 2015
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      Alenka was fantastic & Anna is finding her way around very well! All the carers have brought new ideas, recipes, stories to us & they’re all so enthusiastic & adaptable.

      Joan P, daughter of client
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      Very happy with everything to do with bookings. Love the support, absolutely love it! Very happy that I have joined Christies Care. I’ve spoken with carers who work for other agencies and know that they don’t receive the same support.

      Training was really good. Found it difficult the first time as had only worked in an office, but re-did the second week and passed. The training is so fantastic. I wouldn’t think about changing agencies, and always recommend Christies Care.

      Carer, Denise Durrant Davis
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      Once again, I am grateful to Mandy for her diligent work in arranging and rearranging carers for my mother, and for the excellent care that she has received from them all.”

      Daughter of client, Caroline P.
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      Good training provided and good support to carers compared to other agencies.

      Good company to work for. There is always someone available on the other end of the phone.

      Happy with Christies Care, all great. It’s the most efficient company I have worked for. The admin and back up is superb.

      In my opinion Christies Care is the nicest company I have ever worked for!

      Feedback from various carers.
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      Thank you very much for arranging the meeting with your local area advisor John Hatswell.

      John did an excellent job explaining your services to us and my father is, I believe, feeling very positive about your set up.

      Son of a potential client, Oliver E.
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      Originally, I heard about Christies from someone else. They gave me a bit of info which made me curious. I have since heard about other care companies, some of which pay more, but they do not appear to give the support I get from Christies.

      Blue team, my team, are great! I can talk to them on my bad days and they are so supportive. There I go, praising one section of Christies but I have to say, everyone is great.

      Carer, Diane Hancox.
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      You will be hearing more from me in the near future. I have had experience of the impressive quality of carers introduced and attention to detail demonstrated by Christies for one of your former clients who was the father of a very close friend. Christies Care is top of the very short list of companies that we shall be talking to about live in care for my father in law.

      Potential client, Graham G.
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      Christies works well for me and I know the carers and the staff do a great job for clients.

      I have seen first hand how bad things can be with pop in agencies where the staff aren’t trained or supported properly, so I’m proud to be a part of Christies.

      Carer feedback, Nov 2014.
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      Karen L. did an excellent job with Robina during such a hard time. Karen was balanced, peaceful and just what Robina needed at the time.

      Client feedback, Nov 2014.
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      Just wanted to say thank you for your support and constant checking up on me when I was ill. You made me feel like a valued member of your team and for that I will forever be grateful.

      Keep up the good work and God Bless you all. Go Green Team !!!!

      Carer, P. Westobie, Nov 2014.
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      I was delighted with Marion and can’t praise her highly enough. She was brilliant for mum, so kind to her and really, really helpful. Thanks again for all the help and I'll be happy to recommend Christies. I've really been delighted with the service and level of care and kindness.

      Karen, daughter of client Marie B.
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      Someone always answers the phone or email. Good level of support.

      Good training & support.

      Very good support and enough work. Have already recommended Christies Care to my friend!

      I am aware there is more money available at other agencies but I think the support system, which is very good, is more important.

      Support feedback from carers, Nov 2014.
    • Testimonial

      All the care assistants have been very attentive and just what Auntie needed. The care is 10 times better than the company we used before, for about the same price!

      Feedback from a new client
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      I have received very good support especially when I had problems with my shoulder. I was impressed and happy. I usually deal with Mia.

      Carer, D Kweder, Oct 2014.
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      Surprisingly, things have gone well and my father said that he would be willing for Jake to return again. The man on the emergency line (James) did very well given the circumstances and the time of the replacement. When he told me that it would be a older man I was dreading it, but everything was absolutely fine.

      Daughter of client James H.
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      Green Team are perfect! Always get really good support!

      The Yellow Support team are always on the other side of the phone when I call. You're doing a great job !

      Feedback from various carers, Oct 2014.
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      Following D's sad death I want to say thank you for all the caring that Christies Care were able to give to her.

      Chris had a close relationship with D. and his care was excellent. I would recommend your organization to anyone.

      A letter from a client, Oct 2014
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      I would always give top marks. Other agencies do not provide the same training or support

      Feedback from carer Catharina T, Oct 2014
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      As far as Rob is concerned, he is the most obliging and helpful man ever and I would recommend him for any of your male clients. At the weekend we went to cricket together down at Frinton and tonight we’re going to Colchester to see Colchester play football. We have had a real good week together.

      Feedback from Gary, a client, regarding his carer Rob, Sep 2014
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      It’s been great. My team were so helpful with my second client and they got everything sorted.

      Carer Hajat M, Oct 2014.
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      I thank you so very much for coming back to me earlier today, with a better indication of costs, & so well detailed. I will advise you now that all discussions with the other agencies have stopped. This decision was based on the very prompt way you have handled all my queries. You have put yourselves at the front!

      From a potential Client, Sep 2014
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      I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, ever since I joined your company. May God increase the seeds of your righteousness and have great outpouring of blessings. Please kindly accept this small token as a thank you from me. Love you all!

      Carer Beatrice M. to our Emerald carer support team (with biscuits!), Oct 2014
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      I must express my entire satisfaction with the standard of the carers you have supplied - and the extreme levels of sympathy and care they have shown.

      Client relative Feedback Aug 2014
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      I love the team. They are really fantastic and I know I can them all for anything.

      Carer Jolanta H, Oct 2014
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      She carried out her duties very professionally and has a lovely caring nature. My mother would be very happy for her attend again in the future if the opportunity arises. She is the third carer that we have had from Christies and we are very impressed with the standard of your carers, so far they have all been very professional and with a gentle caring nature.

      Client Feedback Aug 2014
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      Christies are the most organised company I have ever worked with. Honestly, I feel you are the best!

      Carer Feedback, Oct 2014
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      I think it is clear that my mother's progress and good health are due to the dedication of the care assistants that you have sent, I've really been very impressed.
      Christies Care is a fantastic example of how care for people should be delivered and managed. The training is excellent and the care assistants are well prepared for the work they do, which is so important to us, as well as to my mother.

      Feedback from client's daughter, July 2014
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      Linda: Extremely happy. Can’t say enough about how supportive they are.

      Deborah: My support team give me all the support, guidance and advice I need.

      Carer Feedback, Oct 2014
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      Things have worked out really well and have been completely beyond our expectations. We cannot praise Mum's first carer enough, she is going to be a hard act to follow. She is exceptional and a real credit to Christies.
      This is all new to us and we've been pleased with how easy it is.

      Call from client's son, June 2014
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      Thanks yellow team for the birthday wishes and the amazing support you always provide. Bless you all.

      From a carer to our Yellow care support team, Sep 2014
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      As you know, your carer was the first full-time live-in carer my mother had, and I am sure it is not unusual for the recipient of care to be resistant to the idea at first. But she established an excellent relationship with my mother from the start. She was always kind, helpful and thoughtful, and quickly set up valuable new procedures, for example on cooking and meals. My mother liked her and was sorry when she left. She also established a friendly working relationship with the woman - officially the household help but she has over the years become a close friend of the family - who had been providing care on a part-time basis. My mother could not have got off to a better start with full-time live-in care.

      Email from client's son, Spring 2014
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      The Blue Team have always been good. They always manage to resolve problems and give good advice when it is needed.

      This year they have been really good. No problems there at all.

      Feedback about our Blue carer support team, Sep 2014
    • Testimonial

      Thank you for all of your help enabling my mum to stay at home. The carers you sent were brilliant and we consider them both to be friends as well as carers and I will stay in touch with both of them. Christies Care couldn't have done any more to make my mum's life better and it really means a lot. You made it worth living for her, everything just worked. Thank you.

      Call from a client's daughter, Spring 2014
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      Sophie conducted a brilliant interview. She listened well and provided all the information I needed. I was instantly convinced Christies Care was the best agency for me. The Recruitment Department as a whole are very impressive and know their stuff. The Training is the best I have ever seen. I have never seen such professionalism, hard work and compassion shown by a company before. I can’t wait to start my training!

      Feedback from Dawn, a potential carer, on visiting Christies Care, Sep 2014
    • Testimonial

      I would like to take this opportunity of saying an enormous 'THANK YOU' to you and all the carers for looking after Kim over many years. For the record, I want to say that the whole experience of Kim living in the community over a substantial period of his life could not have been successful without the pool of carers provided by Christies Care. I am totally convinced that it prolonged Kim's life no end, as the alternative of going back into a care home would have been the end for Kim.

      From client's brother, Nov 2013
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      Couldn't have done it without you! Thanks for always being there at the end of the phone when we need you. No other agency that I have worked for has ever been as good at support as Christie's.

      Carer on successful completion of Alzheimer's training, Sep 2014
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      Staff received appropriate professional development. We spoke with 8 care workers who told us that they felt they were provided with the training that they needed to meet people's needs. One care worker said: "Good training. Absolutely prepared me. I enjoyed it."

      From CQC Inspection Report, August 2013
    • Testimonial

      I would like to thank you and my Blue Support Team as well as all the Trainers at Christies, for always being very helpful and supportive to me.

      Carer Feedback, Sep 2014
    • Testimonial

      We saw that care plans and risk assessments were reviewed regularly to address people's changing needs and preferences. People we spoke with told us that they received regular visits from Christies Care local area advisors to review their care needs and ensure they were well supported. One person said: "They always speak to us. Check our preferred choices." One person said: "They do send someone to talk with us. Six weekly roughly." Another person said: "They always come and see me." One of the care workers we spoke with told us: "One of the best care plans I have come across."

      From CQC Inspection Report, August 2013.
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      I feel well supported by the staff at Christies Care and have noticed over the last 5 years that the company and the support recieved are getting better. It is also clear that all office staff are well trained, which they pass on to us carers.

      Carer Feedback July 2014
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      The commitment shown by the team at Christies Care to their staff training is second to none. The investment they have put into their training facilities is amazing. I was delighted to be invited to help focus the training as it shows how they put the needs of the clients first. I've been a client of Christies Care for more than a dozen years now and I couldn't praise them enough for the work that they do.

      From Dr Richard Farrar, a Christies Care client.
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      I write to thank you personally for all your efforts in ensuring the seamless transition between carers well known to us, in looking after dad.

      The newsletters, birthday and Christmas cards sent by Christies to us, ensured that we always felt we had personalised care. I haven't seen a company like this before.

      Feedback from carer, July 2014
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      The benefits are immense. Dad always has someone with him. I have the help I need and, crucially, I am able to enjoy my time with dad without getting too tired or irritable. We now have a much more sociable and companionable relationship. More father and daughter and less Nurse Ratched and patient.

      Jill Sinclair, daughter of a Christies Care client.
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      I really enjoy working for Christies & I have been kept in work which I appreciate. It’s good being part of a professional well presented organisation which in turn makes me feel very confident about what I do.

      Feedback from carer, June 2014
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      I like David very much. He is good in all aspects of his work and is very easy going. He is very kind and good to have around. I am very happy to have him back at any time. I don't know how you do it but you always find me good care assistants and they are also great companions and this is what I like. Thank you very much for your hard work, I am a very happy man.

      Letter from a client, Spring 2013.
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      I want to emphasize how moved I was by the fantastic support I have received from the Blue support team. I honestly cannot thank Christies enough for the kindness shown to me through phone calls and one-to-one meetings.

      Email from carer, Winter 2013.
    • Testimonial

      Just brief feedback - but I think you know what I am going to say. Patricia couldn't have been better - both as a carer for mum and also as a carer for Christmas. She is very kind and patient and has a nice sense of humour. Christmas is a difficult time to be in someone else's house and she couldn't have gauged it better. She's looking forward to returning on the 27th of March and she joins Kate and Sarah as one of the carers who we would very much like to see in the future.

      Thank you for sending her our way.

      Email from a client's daughter, New Year 2013
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      I would just like to say THANKS to my Yellow team and Mel Driver for supporting me through a hard booking and afterwards. My client died and I knew her well and it was much easier to cope with the situation when I knew that the team are with me and they are so caring.

      Letter from a carer, Spring 2013

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