Live independently at home with outstanding live-in care

Established in 1987, Christies Care is a family owned and run live-in care agency. Rated outstanding by the CQC and registered with the Scottish Care Inspectorate and the Jersey Care Commission we have grown to be one of the largest providers of 24 hour, 7 day a week care in the UK.

Call 01728 605 107 or message us to find out about our live-in care.

Live in Care Costs

It is obvious that live in care is miles better than residential care.

Why? because you are at home, you have one to one care and you aren’t in an institution.

But what does live in care cost?

Live in care costs tend to be pretty similar to a decent nursing or care home. We charge an average of about £1,150 a week, depending on your condition.

If the carer has to do a lot more work, she gets paid more. If the job is relatively easy, she gets paid less.

If you ring us up, we will be able to give you an accurate estimate over the phone, so you know where you are.

In a recent secret shopper survey of 22 live in care agencies, we find that Christies Care costs are almost exactly in the middle.

“I just had a client’s wife pop into the office. Her husband is currently in respite care in Mills Meadow (a local care home).

When discussing 4 weeks respite care fees of £4,334 she said we are cheaper than Mills Meadow.”

Bookings Team member

What does live-in care cost compared to a care home?

It is tricky to do a direct comparison, as few care homes and few live in care agencies publicise their fees. However, Laing & Buisson do publish research on care/ nursing home fees.

Also, Christies Care, as part of the Live in Care Hub, have provided data to a researcher from the Personal Social Services Research Unit of the University of Kent and LSE.

He has looked at the data and compared live in care costs to care and nursing home costs, as well as evaluating value.

So what does the research say?

  • There is dramatic variation in price. From £349 a week (less than 7 nights in a Travelodge, for 24 hour care!) to £2,500 a week.
  • Nursing homes are more expensive than care homes.
  • There is a lot of regional variation, with London and the South East being more expensive than the North.
  • Nationally, at least 10% of all care home fees and 31% of all nursing home fees are £1,000 a week or more (Laing & Buisson report that nationally the average nursing home fee is £1,000 a week). In London and the South East more than half of nursing homes charge £1,000 or more a week.
  • Some care homes really limit people’s lives.
    • More than half of care/nursing homes don’t allow people to keep their pets. All live-in care agencies let you keep your pets for as long as you want.
    • More than a quarter of care homes don’t let someone go for a walk outside the grounds. You can’t go out, even if you are physically well enough to go out. You are pretty much a prisoner. Many of the others have to arrange an escort, so you can only go out when convenient to the care home. With live in care you are free to do what you want, when you want.
  • Some (about 7% of all care homes) are excellent, they allow pets, allow pets to visit, allow their residents to go for a walk when they want, are friendly and engaging on the telephone and say that the resident wouldn’t have to move if they get worse. So 7% of care homes give the same service as live-in care does.

“I want to pass on my gratitude for all the help Christies has given me and Mum.

It is truly appreciated. It was a welcomed service, my mother passed as she wanted to, at home.

It was expensive, but you still cannot put a price on what she wanted.”

John, a client’s son

What is the hourly cost of care at home?

If you have care from a domiciliary care agency, charged by the hour, it is likely to cost you between £20 and £25 an hour.

And sometimes hourly agencies give what they call 24 hour care, which is charged out at £20 an hour for all 168 hours of the week (£3,360 a week).

With live-in care, the carer is paid on a much more economical weekly rate – roughly a third of the cost of those who charge by the hour.

How do I pay for care?

Depending on your circumstances, there are a number of ways to pay for care.

You might be able to get some state funding, or you might have to pay for the care yourself.

Our Paying for Care page will tell you more.

Talk to us about your care needs

Call us on 01728 605 107