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    24 hour Care at Home or Care Home

    I would again be grateful for some advice, which is always great on this forum.
    How much approximately would 24 hour care cost in your own home?
    What would be the benefits? (Mum does no longer recognize her home)
    Would a care home be more suitable?
     

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    I would imagine it'd be quite costly, plus there'd need to be adequate cover to allow for breaks, sick leave, holidays etc so would be quite hard to manage unless done through an agency (which would add to costs as they'd take a hefty cut!).
    If your mum doesn't recognise her own home then she would probably adapt to a care home. the care home would have multiple staff and would also give her company of other residents etc.

    i'm sure others will have more experience and advice to share.
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    It's pretty expensive, and when comparing with care home fees you've got to remember that you need to feed the carer, and pay all the usual household bills - gas, elec, water, tv/phone etc, maintenance - which would disappear if the person moved out and into a care home. (I didn't list Council Tax as presumably the person being cared for has exemption and a live-in-carer doesnt count either as far as I understand it).

    Here's a link to one national agency which charges 690/week (plus various agency fees etc) for "Help with daily household tasks with a little help with bathing and dressing": http://www.country-cousins.co.uk/client_costs.aspx.

    Good luck with your research. Pam
     

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    It depends on your Mum's needs, but in my experience (of 18 months) using an agency to provide live-in carers, the costs were a bit higher than a care home because, as others have pointed out, you also need to feed the carer and cover home costs, but otherwise the home fees and carer fees were very similar. The benefits for us were that my aunt wanted to stay in her own home, and there was a neighbour who popped in who she had known all her life. She was also adamant that she didn't want to go into a care home, and liked her own company - was used to being on her own. We thought it was good for her to be in a familiar environment.

    The disadvantages were that it was a lot of work to manage the carers, more than I had expected. After my experience I would not recommend doing this from a long distance (although I know that others on this forum do) - I found that very hard work, whereas if I had lived nearby and could have kept an eye on things it would have been easier. Also, at a later stage when my aunt became immobile, I started to feel that she was getting too isolated - no longer going to a day care centre or shopping, and with only one carer at home to socialise with. Many people told me it was good having 'one to one care' saying you wouldn't get that in a care home....but I think we have to face the fact that just because there is a live in carer it doesn't mean the person is getting that since we don't know how much time they actually spend with the person they are caring for.

    There came a time when it no longer felt a good option: that was because my aunt needed more people to move her and we also had to have extra carers come in daily to help the live in carer and the times she could be moved were then dependent on these visits; I was worried she was under stimulated and isolated; and I believed she no longer would know if she was in her own home or not.
     

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    the complete care company charge 690 + 35 meal allowance
     

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    Thanks, again, such useful information which I can pass on to my sister in law.
     

 

 

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