LIVE-IN CARE

Live-in Care is the perfect solution to add that needed bit of care whilst remaining with your usual lifestyle in the comfort of your home. There is no upheaval and thus a continuity of life before. In fact, Live-in Care with Carte Blanche Care will allow for you to focus on your own hobbies and social life rather than be distracted by mundane domestic chores that would otherwise fill your whole day. Reside in your own home, surrounded by loved ones, memories and a richer quality of life. We offer one to one support leaving you with dignity and independence within the comfortable surroundings of your own home. Here at Carte Blanche Care we match our carers to our clients to ensure that a strong, friendly bond is created.

We can offer any of the following three types of care

Low dependency

offer extra support when needed, including housework, shopping and companionship

Medium dependency

assistance with mobility

High dependency

More focus on healthcare

Live-in Care is becoming the most popular route for those in need of care as it is a cost effective alternative to a residential care home. Recent Polls have shown that people would prefer to remain in their own home than move into a residential care home. Many healthcare professionals agree their patients recover more quickly following illness or an operation when they’re in the comfort of their own homes.

Guide to Live-in Care

Live-in Care works by using a team of carers on a rota pattern to live in your home, supporting with daily tasks thus providing peace of mind 24 hours per day. The duration of each placement is open for discussion; usually carers work one or two months at a time per placement before taking a break.

Live-in Care provides the highest level of one-to-one support and companionship yet allows you or your loved one to remain in the comfort of your own home. Live-in Care offers a practical, personalised and cost-effective alternative to residential or nursing home care

On average carers will be physically working for 10 to 12 hours per day, the rest of the day would be allocated to a 2 hour official break, sleep time at night and down-time where the client does not require any assistance. The daily working pattern will of course be discussed prior to any service starting
Live-in Care should be seen as offering and promoting independence, be unobtrusive and promote dignity at all times. Clients will be assessed by an experienced Care Manager, this usually takes one or two sessions with the client and family/friends where appropriate.

When the decision to proceed with care has been made our experienced Managers will select the most appropriate carer(s) possible for the role. Carers will be chosen who best share interests and have the relevant qualifications that match the client’s wishes and needs

When is it suitable?

Recent bereavement

Extra pair of hands

Discharged from hospital

Part of a couple

Break for current carer

All ages and any illness

Benefits of Live-in Care

Avoiding change – daily life can stay much the same with a little bit of extra support. The maintenance of your independence and freedom. The comfort and security of living in familiar surroundings. The retention of your place in the local community among friends and neighbours. The avoidance of separation from much-loved pets. Continued enjoyment of your garden and gardening
Relief from the burden of domestic chores such as cleaning, shopping and laundry
Emotional support – many carers become more like friends to our customers. Consistent companionship
Flexible care built around you. – Your carer helps as much or little as you like. A quality of one-to-one personal care and attention unrivalled by residential homes. Complete continuity of care, even 24 hours a day. Provision of consistent care by a person who understands you and your individual needs. The freedom to choose what you eat and when you eat, with meals prepared for you if you desire
Keeping the same routines, hobbies and interests. Married couples and partners may continue to live together
Companionship, whether it’s sharing meals, watching TV or enjoying days out. Family and friends can still come and go as normal.

Paying for Live-in Care

Currently, local authorities won’t provide care services if you have more than £23,250 in savings and property (your “capital”). However, from April 2020, this threshold will rise alongside the introduction of the cap on care costs, so more people will be eligible for help sooner.

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The Care Act of 2015. Needs assessment followed by a means test. Means test looks at income, savings and property to decide whether you need to live in the same house with care or move to a home and also how much you yourself need to contribute. Disability benefits and pensions do not count towards income. If you jointly hold capital it is divided down the middle. Money given away to avoid this may still be counted by the council.

The NHS is responsible for funding certain types of healthcare equipment you may need.

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How much you will have to pay will depend on:

  • What type of care and support you need
  • The area you live in (as costs may vary across the country)
  • Your own personal circumstances

You will not be left with less than £24.90 a week
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  • Attendance allowance. Not means tested. Money given to help with tasks at home like washing eating etc.
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Allowance for those with a disability over the age of 16.
  • Personal Health Budgets. The budget can be used to pay for care through an agency of your choosing or used to hire an independent carer.
  • Local authority funding. Depends on your income, any other benefits that you’re receiving and the area of the UK in which you live.
  • HS full funded care. More towards specialist health care rather than Live-in Care, however, they will cover the full costs of health care.
  • Otherwise, carers allowance is £62.70 for those who have a care need.
  • Reverse mortgages.
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Making it successful

How do you make sure it works?

A successful Live-in Care partnership depends upon four elements – the choice of carer, the tasks you want your carer to do and living conditions, our commitment to reliability and our administration.

The choice of carer – we listen to our clients and know our carers. Throughout the interview and training processes, we learn their strengths and weaknesses, which helps us to maintain a good team of carers. We listen to, and know our clients. We visit our clients, and talk to them, so we can know which carers will be suitable for them; which carers have the right personality and outlook. We collect feedback about individual carers, and act on it. If a client likes a carer (and the carer likes the client) that carer will return. If a client dislikes a carer (or the carer dislikes the client) that carer will not return.

Your wishes, tasks and living conditions – the guide to your wishes is a crucial part of ensuring the success of your Live-in Care. It allows us to give the carers a realistic expectation of the workload. The better the living conditions are then the happier the carer will be and the more likely it is she’ll want to come back regularly.

Our commitment to reliability – our specialist expertise and experience means we will not let you down. Our dedicated team works hard to ensure that no client is ever left without a carer.


Our administration – as we are large and specialised, we can focus exclusively on making sure that our records, administration and support and emergency systems are up-to-date.

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What do Live-in Carers do?

A Live-in Carer is able to take care of tasks like preparing meals, running errands, completing household chores and administering medication. They make it possible for individuals in need of care to remain safe, clean and comfortable in their homes.
We will determine these tasks and routines together during your home care assessment. They will be based around your personal requirements and what matters most to you.

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Personalised support

  • Medication support – both administering or prompting, depending on your requirements
  • Personal care – assistance with washing and dressing while maintaining your dignity
  • Continence care – whether it’s with pads or a catheter or stoma
  • Support with mobility – hoisted transfers, altering position in bed or assistance moving safely around the home
  • Companionship – carers often become more like friends and companions, sharing moments, meals and offering emotional support
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Help around the home

  • Housekeeping – the regular chores including tidying, cleaning, vacuuming and dusting
  • Laundry – washing, drying and even ironing clothes
  • Preparing and cooking meals – to your dietary needs and personal taste
  • Pet care – if you have a pet, your carer will support with walks and feeding
  • Running errands – such as collecting prescriptions or shopping for food
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Enabling independence

• Support getting out and about – this could be shopping, the cinema, events with family or friends or days out doing something you enjoy
• Work or university – many of our carers are more like personal assistants
• Assisted holidays – anything from a weekend in Cornwall to a tour of Australia

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Vetting and Safeguarding

We check all prospective carers against the Independent Safeguarding Authority lists, have an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (previously called CRB) and we act on any convictions recorded.
They need to provide us with two written references which we then check. Our team rings the referees to ensure they are who they say they are.
We check the quality of carers’ work, including unannounced spot checks and act on any concerns.
We are confident that we offer very good value for money, when compared to many residential home costs, the cost of 24 hour care from hourly providers, or many of our competitors

FAQs

What does Live-in Care mean?
  • This is where one of our professionally trained carers lives with you in your own home seven days a week in order to make sure that there is always care on-hand both night and day.
  • It offers a cost effective alternative to residential care which allows for you to remain dignified and independent within the comfort of your own home. We understand the importance of staying close to friends, family, keep pets and maintain all your hobbies and interests.
How does the Live-in Care service work?
  • Our team will be along to visit you in your home and then create a programme around how best we can help the needs we’ve assessed and that you’ve specifically spoken of. We’ll hand select a carer for you to live with and then the central office will have constant dialogue with you. There is also extra support if your carer becomes ill.
Is there short term temporary Live-in Care?
  • Yes, we can provide as much care as you need. We regularly are contacted when people, for example, are discharged from hospital and need that extra help getting back to good health. Similarly, for a period of time when you need a break or a holiday and someone to look after your loved one – we are only at the other end of a phone call.
Will my Live-in Carer drive?
  • Some of our Live-in Carers drive and this is something which you may request at any point.
Do you just provide Live-in Care for the elderly?
  • It is not only the older generation who can benefit from Live-in Care. Any age wanting care need only contact us to find out what we can offer.
What do I need to provide for my Live-in Carer?
  • You will need to have a suitable, furnished room with Wifi and TV for you carer in order to make sure they have a comfortable time in your house. We would also appreciate it if said door had a lock or somewhere safe our carer’s can store valuables
How do I book a Live-in Carer?
  • Simply head over to the contact us page and get in touch
Can you provide visiting carers for an hour a day?
  • We do not provide this service as we operate a Live-in Care service, however you can access through getting a visiting healthcare assistant.
What happens once we’ve agreed a booking?
  • We will send you a phone call and a confirmation letter which will be the immediate response. Once the carer is in place we will have regular points of contact in order to receive your feedback as to how our carer is doing and how, if in any way, our carer can improve his/her service
Why use a Live-in Care agency, rather than a private Live-in Carer?
  • With our Live-in Care service you guarantee that you will receive care that is tailored to your needs. Our team will be along to visit you in your home and then create a programme around how best we can help the needs we’ve assessed and that you’ve specifically spoken of. We’ll hand select a carer for you to live with and then the central office will have constant dialogue with you.
Can I have a male Live-in Carer?
  • Yes, of course if you have a preference please do just let our team know.
What is Live-in home help?
  • Live-in home help is at the simplest level, doing the chores and domestic work whilst you are able to continue enjoying hobbies and your social life. Further to this, we will help you with any personal things you may need, for example bathing and getting dressed. Medical care and helping with prescriptions is also part and parcel of Live-in Care should it be needed
Will my Live-in Carer cook?
  • Yes, our carer’s will cook and shop to give you balanced, nutritious and, most importantly, your favourite meals.
How much does a Live-in Carer cost?
  • As a service Live-in Care is a cost-effective alternative to residential care. The cost of Live-in Care is dependent upon the needs that you need. If you are new to the Live-in Care world and would like more an insight of specific prices do head over to the contact us page and get in touch.
How many days and hours will my Live-in Carer work?
  • Although our carer is Live-in they typically work 10 hours a day and in order to comply with employment laws a minimum of a 2 hour break is required
How do you choose a carer for me?
  • Firstly the team will come and meet you at your house and will get to know you personally, talking through any questions or queries you may have. Afterwards, we review our available carers experience; personality and expertise and match them to you.
Can we have help just occasionally?
  • Yes, bookings can be made over the phone and on demand, just call us on the number on the contact us page and we will let you know if anyone is available.
Can we postpone the start of care or interrupt the service for a short time?
  • We understand that it things may pop up that will mean a change in circumstance, just head to the contact us page and let us know.