What’s the cost of care at home?
It can be difficult finding out how much a domiciliary care agency charges ahead of organising care. There are no nationally published figures, but the United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) recommends that the following minimum prices are paid by local authorities for homecare services until the end of October 2018:
- UK and Scottish Living Wage: £20.03 per hour
- London Living Wage: £23.02 per hour.
If you’re paying for your care, you’re therefore going to be paying more than this recommended rate and this will also vary depending on where you live in the UK. It will also be affected by the level of care you need.
Homecare organisations have to be registered with the UK’s care regulators, who publish the findings from their quality inspections on their websites. You can use our care services directory to search for local domiciliary care providers, where we also give links to the inspection reports.
Live-in care: what does it cost?
Live-in homecare is becoming an increasingly popular choice for people needing full-time care.
There are two models of live-in care and costs vary depending on which of these options you choose.
Introductory care services
This is where carers are self-employed and responsible for paying their own tax and NI contributions. They are matched according to need following a meeting with experienced care consultants working for introductory care agencies. The carers are then paid directly by their clients and/or their families.
Fully managed service
The company providing the care employs and trains its carers directly. It will oversee and organise all aspects of care arrangements, from initial expert client and risk assessment and client-carer matching, through to comprehensive care plans. These providers are inspected by the care regulators.
The service you choose to work with will affect the price charged per week. Unlike domiciliary care agencies there is little difference in the fee depending on where you live in the UK. The Live-in Care Hub conducted a survey of live-in care fees across the UK as they are keen to be transparent about the costs of this type of care.
The survey shows that in 2015–16, care fees ranged from £600 per week for an introductory service through to £1,600 a week for a fully managed nursing service for people with more complex needs. However, most providers charge between £800 and £1,250 per week.
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