How much does live-in care cost?

What does it cost to have around the clock care in your own home? Many people don’t realise that 24/7 care, also known as ‘live-in care’, can be an economic alternative to residential care. 

The cost of live-in care vis-à-vis residential care

Live-in care can be an economic alternative to residential care. Prominently, because your live-in carer lives with you, you don’t have to pay towards ‘hotel costs’ that come with residential care, like your room, meals, and upkeep of the care home. Similarly, you don’t have to pay towards a multitude of medical and administrative staff, housekeeping and security personnel, or cooks. 


What live-in care ends up costing depends on your personal circumstances, like whether you live alone or as a couple and whether you (continuously or occasionally) require an additional carer, for instance to assist with complex mobility issues. 

Live-in care can be a particularly viable option for couples. In many cases, one live-in carer can support both partners, and we can include the second individual for a substantially reduced rate.


To give an indication of the prices of live-in care vis-à-vis residential care: according to the LaingBuisson Care of Older People UK Market Report 2018, the average weekly costs of a care nursing home for an individual with Dementia can be around £700 to £1,050, depending on the location.


As a comparison, our weekly live-in care rates start at around £1,066.80 for an individual, and £1,318.80 for couples (rates as of April 2021). For more detailed information on our rates, send us an email at or give us a call at 01432 382017

The benefits of 24-hour care at home versus residential care

Without exception, our live-in care clients tell us that the benefits of being able to stay at home are enormous. The fact that they can live in their familiar environment, with their own possessions, in the neighbourhood that they know, and that they can maintain their own daily routines or invite friends and family over whenever they please, gives great peace of mind.

One of the most obvious advantages is that you can build a close partnership with your live-in carer, who is there just for you, day and night. Your live-in carer gets to know you well and they quickly learn how you take your coffee, when you like to get up and what you have for breakfast. They cook your favourite meals, they know your familiar brand of cereals, and they can accompany you on your daily walk or to your favourite tea room.

In some cases, live-in care enables couples where only one of the partners requires care to stay together. For couples who have lived together for decades, the thought of having to be separated when one of them moves into a care home can be daunting and depressing. Often, live-in care can enable couples to stay together in their own home for much longer.


Similarly, whereas most residential settings cannot accommodate animals, live-in care enables people to keep their pets. We have seen heart-warming stories of people who cannot bear the thought of having to separate from their beloved dogs and for whom live-in care makes it possible to enjoy life with their animal friends. For those people, live-in care truly is a way to avoid loneliness.


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There are several opportunities to obtain funding for live-in care