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A Guide to Elderly Care Options

This guide will cover:

When to consider elderly live-in care

Discussing care options with elderly relative

Costs of live-in and home care

Finding a care service


When to consider elderly live-in care


Here we look closer at when is an appropriate time to consider elderly live-in care. Live-in care services vary depending on individual needs. For situations where a loved one may have an obvious need for care, such as postoperative care that is usually short-term, it can be easier to know when to look for a carer. When considering elderly relatives it can be more challenging to know when getting a carer may be an appropriate decision, since your loved one may report to you that they are coping well, despite actually struggling. Care for an elderly relative can be a difficult conversation to have as they may think they are being a burden and try to convince you that they are managing ok. That is why quite often a carer is brought in after a significant incidence such as a fall or an occurrence where they have put themselves at risk.


So, when should you start looking? This is often dependent on each unique situation but it is advised that you should start looking for a carer when you are noticing that your loved one is not coping well by themselves. This can be gradual, for instance it may start with your loved one struggling to be able to keep up with housework and grocery shopping. You can therefore hire a carer who helps at the start with just these tasks but who may gradually progress to other duties as other problems transpire.


These are some signs that a carer may be appropriate:

  • Physical wellbeing deteriorates, walking is difficult and doing tasks around the house is a struggle.
  • An increase in falls
  • A lack of motivation and signs of depression
  • Missing appointments and/or not taking medication correctly
  • Disorientation and getting lost
  • Changes to eating and drinking behaviour
  • An unclean appearance/poor hygiene
  • Loss of socialising



In the UK, anyone with concerns about an elderly relative is entitled to ask for a Care Needs Assessment. Your local authority is obliged to carry this out for you, regardless of whether your relative will be self-funding or entitled to social services funding. Sometimes this can take place within a couple of weeks, other times in can take up to six weeks, depending on your local authority. It is a very good idea to be present during a care needs assessment, so you can have some input in the process.

Discussing care options with an elderly relative


Discussing elder care options with a relative is important since you want them to feel included in their own elderly care. They may voice certain preferences and you can work together to figure out the best options for them.


Try to plan the conversation beforehand so that you know what points you need to discuss and who you think should be present at the meeting. Be prepared that they may be resistant to having care so it can be important for you to help them understand the reasons why you think it might be time to get them some support.


It is also good to discuss elderly care options with your loved one in anticipation of care since this can remove some of the uncertainties that can arise later on when the decision needs to be made.


You can help them look at care for the elderly options and the different elderly services that are available to them, such as the type of care required, the location in which the care will be received and the level of input. Make sure that you listen to what they want and also to consider any concerns they have, such as money worries or fear of losing their independence. Be patient and remember to stay calm and positive throughout these conversations.


Costs of live-in and home care


The cost of live-in care depends on the level of care needs required. Costs can be around £900 per week for a single person or around £1300 for a couple. However, more specialist care such as dementia care or spinal care can be more expensive. Costs will also depend on the location in which you live and whether you choose to find an independent carer or if you use a Care Agency.


The BBC has an excellent Care Calculator which will give you an indication of average care costs in your area.


There are various ways to pay for care costs and you may be eligible to receive support with payments, following an assessment by your local council. You can find out more on our elderly live-in care FAQ page.


Finding a care service


If you think that home help for an elderly relative is the best option at this time then you may wish to find a Care Agency who can help provide you with trusted carers that will match the needs of the care required for your loved one. Look for Agencies that have good reviews and who understand what you are looking for. It can be worth having a look at various websites that discuss home help for the elderly or calling up local Agencies to get a better idea about what it is that they provide and whether it sounds suitable for your loved one


How we can help

At The Live in Care Company we make the procedure of arranging live in care hassle-free and straightforward especially when you are seeking help for an elderly relative and we are happy to go through all of the care options with you.

Our team will be happy to speak to you and will take the time help you to understand your options fully before matching you with a wonderful live-in carer.


You may speak to us by calling 0118 449 2373, filling in an enquiry form on our website or emailing [email protected]

In this guide, we look at the many options you have when it comes to elderly live-in care.

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