Live-in Care with Christies Care

Established in 1987, Christies Care is a family owned and run live-in care agency which has grown to be one of the largest providers of 24 hour, 7 day a week care in the UK.

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.

Who has live-in 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 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.


With shocking news stories commonplace, a staggering 97 percent* of people do not want to go into a care home if they become ill or less able to cope.

“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
“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, June 2015
“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, August 2015
“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.”

From the daughter of a client, September 2015

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.

What is 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 £1,000, depending on our client’s condition.

What is the self-employed model?

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.

“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
“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
“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
“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
“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 Care!”

Carer, Kirsty Starling - January 2015
“Very happy with everything to do with bookings. I love the support, absolutely love it!

I’m 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.

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

Christies Carer, Denise Durrant Davis
“Happy with Christies Care, it’s all great. It’s the most efficient company I have worked for. Good training provided and good support to carers. There is always someone available on the other end of the phone. The admin and back up is superb.

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

Feedback from a Christies Carer
“Christies Care works well for me and I know the carers and the staff do a great job for their clients.

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

Carer feedback - Nov. 2014
“Someone always answers the phone or email. Very good level of training & support.

I get enough work and I’ve already recommended Christies Care to my friend!”

Support feedback from carer - Nov. 2014
“I would always give Christies top marks. Other agencies do not provide the same level of training or support”

Feedback from carer, Catharina T. - Oct. 2014
“Christies Care are the most organised company I have ever worked with. Honestly, I feel you are the best!”

Carer Feedback - Oct. 2014
“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 really 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!”

Christies Carer, Dawn - Sep. 2014
“Couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks for always being there at the end of the phone when I need you.

No other agency that I have worked for has ever been as good at support as Christies.”

A Carer on successful completion of Alzheimer's training - Sep. 2014
“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 - Aug. 2013
“I feel well supported by the staff at Christies Care and have noticed over the last 5 years that the company and the support I’ve received are getting even better.”

Carer Feedback - July 2014
“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.”

Dr Richard Farrar, a Christies Care client
“I really enjoy working for Christies Care. I’ve been kept in work, which I appreciate, and 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 - Jun. 2014

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.

Our team is here 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.


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