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23 Sep 2013 16:23

Public ‘unaware’ of care-home costs – and of probability they will need care themselves

People in Britain are “oblivious” to the cost of adult care and the likelihood of their own need for care in the future, a report warns today.

The Strategic Society Centre think-tank says that the  public has little knowledge of how much adult care costs.

Nearly half of all respondents to a survey said they did not know the average weekly cost of a place in a residential care home. Of those that did answer, the mean figure suggested was £396.58 – around £140 below the average fee of £531.

The survey also found that many people underestimate the probability of needing care themselves in the future. Out of 2,271 people asked , more than half believed the probability was lower than 40 per cent. Yet research suggests that 65-year-old men have a 68 per cent chance of needing care before they die, while women have an 85 per cent chance. “Voters may struggle to ensure that the quality of services provided to vulnerable members of their community is appropriate … if they do not know what their local authority pays for care,” the report warns.

Asked what price, on average, they thought their local authorities paid per week for a care-home place, 60.5 per cent said they did not know. The amount suggested by those who provided an estimate was £350.88 , when the average amount was £480 per week.–and-of-probability-they-will-need-care-themselves-8818204.html#!

23 Sep 2013 14:19

5 Benefits of Live in Care

1. Live-in care allows you to Remain in your own home

Live-in care allows individuals to stay in the comfort of your own home receiving care delivered to you by a live in care worker. There is no stressful upheaval of relocating and giving up treasured possessions and no unnecessary changes have to be made to your familiar surroundings or routines.

2. Live-in care provides One-to-One Care

Unlike a residential home where many individuals have to be considered, live-in care is a personal service that is tailored to the needs of the individual. The carer accommodates your regular routine and specific needs. The service is flexible and changes can be made if circumstances require.

3. Live-in care Improves Quality of Life

With the support and companionship of a live-in carer, many people feel less lonely and vulnerable. This in turn often promotes an improvement in both the mental and physical well-being of our clients. Often our live-in carers take their client on outings or to appointments, enabling them to enjoy more variety in their lives.

4. Live-in care provides Peace of Mind

The family has peace of mind knowing that their loved one is cared for 24 hours a day. Live-in care continues the freedom to visit and call whenever they want without the restrictions sometimes imposed by residential care homes.

5. Live-in care is Cost Effective

People value their independence, privacy and freedom of choice and that is why they prefer to stay in their own home. This can be achieved at a similar or lesser cost than a quality residential or nursing home. Live-in care is an especially cost effective solution for couples.