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Better at Home: Why Live-in Care is a Real Alternative to Residential or Nursing Home Care

Home carer with elderly lady sat on sofa smiling

We’re going to share with you what we thought were the most useful insights from The Live In Care Hub’s, ‘Better at Home’ report. 

The report delves into the benefits of live-in care as an excellent alternative to traditional residential or nursing home care. 

At the end of our blog we’ve also included a link to the full report which we really recommend you have a read of!

The Live in Care Hub’s Better at Home Report

The analysis that the report was based around was commissioned by the Live in Care Hub, and has drawn on a combination of published data and research from the highly regarded Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), a collaboration between the University of Kent and the LSE. 

The findings clearly demonstrate not only individuals' (unsurprising) desire to remain in their own homes when in need of care but also the safety benefits associated with home care.

The Covid Effect

During the Covid pandemic in 2020-2021, residential care and nursing homes faced numerous challenges due to government enforced strategies. Unfortunately often these strategies compromised the care home residents' safety, dignity, and well-being. This also highlighted the flaws in the institutional care system. On the other hand, live-in care allows people the opportunity to stay in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes, receiving personalised, high-quality support and 24 hour live-in care.

Live-in Care: The Safer Choice

One of the most compelling reasons why live-in care is safer is the personalised nature of the support provided. Unlike in care or nursing homes where carers may interact with dozens of residents, live-in carers exclusively focus on one home care client or couple. This minimises the risk of exposure to infectious illnesses and ensures individualised attention, enhancing safety and well-being.

On top of that, live-in care encourages independence and autonomy, which allows home care clients to live life on their own terms. Home carers offer flexible support, adapting to their clients' schedules and preferences, whether it's going for a walk, enjoying a favourite meal, or engaging in personal hobbies. This personalised approach maintains their dignity, happiness, and a sense of control over one's life.

Live-in Care: Talking Finances

In terms of value for money, live-in care offers unparalleled benefits. Despite ranging from £800-£1,500 per week, comparable to the top half of care homes in the south of England, live-in care provides personalised one-to-one support and care round-the-clock. This level of individualised attention far exceeds what traditional care settings can offer, always ensuring that the home care clients receive the support they need when they need it.

Empowering Informed Choices: Download the Full Report and Embrace Better Care at Home

At Access Care, we understand the importance of empowering individuals and families to make informed decisions about their care options. We hope you enjoyed reading our personal highlights of The Live in Care Hub’s ‘Better at Home’ report, if you have time have a read of it yourself (you can view it here), to learn more about why live-in care is a real and in a variety of ways better alternative to residential or nursing home care. 

If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from live-in care please reach out to the team on 01264 319399, for a chat about how we can help you or your loved one with your live-in care needs. 


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