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How to Find Live-In Care for Your Mum: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted 28 days ago •

Caring for an aging parent, especially when they need round-the-clock assistance, can be challenging. Live-in care provides a solution that allows your mum to remain in the comfort of her own home while receiving the support she needs. Here’s a step-by-step guide to finding live-in care for your mum:

1. Assess Your Mum’s Needs

  • Evaluate Her Requirements: Consider her daily routines, mobility, medical conditions, and personal preferences.
  • Determine the Level of Care Needed: Does she require basic assistance or specialised nursing care?

2. Understand Live-In Care Options

  • Homecare (Domiciliary Care):
    • Paid carers visit your mum at home.
    • Costs range from £15 to £30 per hour, varying by location.
    • Flexible: Can be short-term or long-term.
    • Some organizations offer specialized nursing care (e.g., stroke or dementia care).
  • Live-In Carer:
    • A carer resides with your mum 24/7.
    • Provides continuous support.
    • Ideal for those who need constant assistance.
    • Excellent for companionship
    • A one to one service unlike a care home which can be 1:8 ratio

3. Explore Online Resources

  • Care Quality Commission Website:
    • Find homecare services and national providers.
    • Contact agencies of interest.
  • Live-in Care Hub Website:
    • Offers information on live-in care.
    • Explore specialized options.
  • Network Live in Care News & Advice

4. Contact Local Authorities and Charities

  • Local Council:
    • Request a care needs assessment.
    • Determine eligibility for council-funded care.
    • If eligible, the council may recommend a paid carer.
  • Charities:
    • Royal Voluntary ServiceBritish Red Cross, or Age UK:
      • Inquire about home help services (e.g., cleaning, laundry, gardening).
      • Note that most councils do not provide home help.

5. Seek Recommendations

  • Friends and Family:
    • Ask for referrals to reputable care providers.
  • Telephone Directories:
    • Look for local care agencies.
  • Online Search Tools:
    • HousingCare and the Care Quality Commission offer search features for finding care.

6. Consider Home Adaptations

  • Explore modifications to make your mum’s home safer and more accessible.
  • Consult with professionals regarding adaptations.

7. Arrange a Care Needs Assessment

  • Contact your local council for an assessment.
  • If eligible, explore homecare options they recommend.

Remember, finding the right live-in care for your mum involves understanding her unique needs, exploring available resources, and seeking professional guidance. With the right support, she can continue living independently in her own home. 🏡💕

For further information, visit the NHS Social Care and Support Guide.


We hope this guide helps you navigate the process of finding the best care for your mum. If you have any specific questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask. Simply reach out for homecare advice from one of our certified Quality Care Advisors