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The Costs Associated with 24-Hour Care - What You Need to Consider

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Understanding the costs associated with 24-hour care is crucial for families considering this option for their loved ones. This type of care provides individuals with constant support and assistance, ensuring safety and enhancing the quality of life for those with significant health needs. Here’s a comprehensive overview of what you need to know about the costs involved in 24-hour care:

Types of 24-Hour Care and Their Costs

1. Live-In Care

This involves a caregiver living in the person’s home needing assistance. The caregiver provides support during the day and is available for emergencies at night. 

The cost of live-in care can vary but is often seen as a cost-effective solution compared to residential care homes because it involves fewer caregivers and doesn’t include the overhead associated with care facilities. However, live-in care requires that the caregiver has their own living space within the home, and their living expenses are often factored into the overall cost.

2. Shift Care

For individuals requiring constant, active assistance, shift care is provided by caregivers working in shifts throughout the day and night. This option tends to be more expensive than live-in care, as multiple caregivers are needed to cover the entire day, including overnight hours.

Factors Influencing Costs

Location

The cost of 24-hour care can vary significantly depending on geographic location, with urban areas typically having higher rates than rural areas due to the cost of living and availability of caregivers.

Level of Care Needed 

The complexity of the care required is a major determinant of cost. Individuals needing specialised care for conditions like dementia, mobility issues, or chronic illnesses may incur higher costs due to the need for caregivers with specific skills and training.

Agency vs. Private Caregivers

Hiring caregivers through an agency typically costs more than hiring private caregivers directly because agencies provide vetting, training, and manage payroll. However, agencies also offer more comprehensive support and replacement caregivers if needed, which can justify the higher cost for many families.

Additional Expenses

Beyond the direct cost of care, families should consider additional expenses such as medical supplies, home modifications, and the caregiver’s living expenses (for live-in care).

Estimating the Costs

The cost of 24-hour care can range significantly based on the factors mentioned above. As a rough estimate, live-in care costs might start from around £1,000 per week, while shift care could be significantly higher due to the need for multiple caregivers. It’s important for families to request detailed quotes from care providers and consider all associated costs when planning for 24-hour care.

Financing 24-Hour Care

Families may explore various options to finance 24-hour care, including:

  • Private Funding: Savings, pensions, or other personal resources.
  • Insurance: Long-term care insurance or health insurance may cover some aspects of home care.
  • Government Assistance: In some regions, government programs may provide financial support for those eligible for home care services.
  • Community Resources: Local charities or community organisations may offer grants or assistance to help cover the cost of care.

While 24-hour care can be a significant financial commitment, it offers invaluable benefits for individuals needing constant support. Early planning, thorough research, and exploring all available funding options are key steps in managing the costs associated with 24-hour care. 

 

At Safe Hands Healthcar, we can help provide guidance about costs and support to families navigating the complexities of financing 24-hour care. If you would like to know more, you can contact a member of our team and discover how you can keep your loved one happy and safe in their own home. 

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