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.

What is Live in Care?

Live in care is when a well-trained and carefully recruited carer comes and lives in your house or flat, with you, to look after you and give you the care and support you want and need.

It means that if you need full time care, you can have that care in your own home.

Whether for a couple of weeks while you recover from an operation or to cover while a family member goes on holiday, or for longer.

If someone has said you need to go to a nursing home – no you don’t.

A live in carer will do everything a nursing home can do, and more.

“The care has been consistently good since my mother started having carers. She hadn’t wanted to have carers but had no choice as the hospital insisted when she was discharged.

Doris was the first carer, and still returns regularly. I was there that first evening and the next day I went home ‘pleased and relieved’ that my mother was in good hands.”

Andrew, a client’s son

How does live in care work?

It is relatively simple. Essentially, we find, vet, train and select the right people to be live in carers.

We find out a lot about our clients and then we introduce the right live-in carer to the right client.

We then build up a team of carers who are right for our client.

We know that no single carer can look after a client forever, so we find that a team, who each work for a few weeks, have a few weeks off (or with another client) and then come back, works well.

Our client has regularity and consistency and our carers don’t get worn out.

If you want to get in touch with a current client, to ask them about the pros and cons of live-in care, please contact us and we will introduce you.

What is it like to have live in care?

Having live in care lets our clients lead as independent a life as possible. You have someone there, at home, with you to look after you. But the carer is not under-foot.

He or she does not ‘take over’. The carers are recruited and trained to be the sort of people who recognise when their clients need space, and when they need help or just want the companionship of someone else in the room.

With a carer in the house you often have more to do – something extra to occupy your day. For example, Fidelity Cranbrook, when she had carers, would show them the sights around her house.

This gave her the motivation to get out to some of the places she’d known as a younger lady, it gave her the fun of explaining about life then, it gave her the enjoyment of telling stories and seeing someone else start to appreciate both the beauty of the local area and its recent history.

And there is another carer, who went to a client who had been malnourished because of her history of dieting, who helped her to put on the weight she needed, and (as the client says in her letter) “we have become quite good friends and enjoyed each others company”.

What makes Christies Care good at live in care?

Christies Care has been a specialist live in care agency since 1991. During that time we have learned what is good, what works and what doesn’t. We have made mistakes and learned from them. We have had successes and learned from them.

The most important factor that makes Christies Care so good at live in care is the attention we pay to our carer recruitment and training. Carers are the most important people in our company as they are the people who help our clients. Without excellent carers we could never do a good job.

All carers go through an extensive recruitment process, with two interviews, an in-depth examination of all their previous work history and criminal record checks. Only about 4% of applicants are good enough to get through.

We also believe that excellent training is essential. Which is why we are the only live-in care agency in the country with a full 11 day residential training course, accredited with the Princess Royal Training Awards. This course equips the carers to start caring.

The course also an opportunity for us to really get to know the carers, to see what really makes them tick – and to have 11 days to make up our minds if they are good enough to be Christies Care carers.

What does live in care cost?

Live in care generally costs about the same as a good nursing home, but unlike any residential care, with live-in care you have one to one care and are going to be happier at home.

Overall, the average cost is about £1,150 a week. If you ring our team, they will be able to give you an accurate quote.

Our “Live in Care Costs” page will tell you more, and has explicit comparisons to care and nursing home costs.

What conditions can a live in carer help with?

A live in carer from Christies Care can help with almost any condition that makes someone need full time care.

We have clients with:

Or someone might have had a fall or simply be too frail to carry on living alone.

Our team can help and advise about any particular condition and any specialisations needed.

And for more information on the conditions, please see our different conditions pages.

Talk to us about your care needs

Call us on 01728 605 107