Costs to consider are the carer’s hourly charge and the agency fee -please see Heritage Independent Living Terms and Conditions.
Depending on the hours and level of care required, a daily carer’s hourly charge will vary between £11.00 and £16.00 per hour.
What is the cost of live-in care?
Costs to consider include payment direct to the carer, accommodation and food, any cover for time-off and the agency fee – please see Heritage Independent Living Registration and Fees.
Working with an introduction agency, such as Heritage Independent Living, typically saves clients several hundred pounds per week in management fees.
We provide guidance on an appropriate level of service payments to be made to the carer but in the end it is down to the client to be happy and satisfied with the amount to be paid. As carers are self-employed, they will arrange their own tax and N.I. payments.
Depending on the hours and level of care required, a rough guide to the level of payment (including the Heritage introductory fee) is as follows:
- Live-in carer for 1 client – payment expectation circa £550.00 – £800.00 per week
- Live-in carer for 2 clients – payment expectation circa £650.00 – £900.00 per week
We quote a competitive rate for our services that is very simple and transparent. Our pricing includes two elements – a registration fee and an introductory fee:
- The registration fee enables us to take full details of the role, not only from a care perspective but also to learn more about a client (personality, goals, interests, type of food enjoyed , whether a car is required etc) and hence the ideal profile of carer. This is important for us to provide a bespoke solution and to ensure we can introduce a carer that is close to the ideal profile.
- The introductory fee is only payable when a carer/companion/housekeeper is with the client. It reflects the upfront costs with recruitment (database searches, advertisements, vetting) and selection of individuals. It covers the provision of a pack of information on the carer before the carer is engaged and, where necessary, help in facilitating interviews. It also covers any other ongoing costs such as helping with future respite care or rotas of care.
- The introductory fee reduces over time to recognise the benefits of long term relationships and the importance our clients place on continuity of care.
As care/companionship/ housekeeping is tailored towards individual needs, please request a quote should you need more information to plan a budget.
Although care at home is generally seen as the most cost effective and personal of care provision, we at Heritage Independent Living also endeavour to ensure that all costs are known upfront and that there are no hidden charges or nasty surprises. We do not charge for interviews, advertising, issues surrounding probate, management fees or assessments.
Please contact us if you have any questions on what the likely costs will be for your individual situation.
How does live-in care compare with residential care homes?
The average cost of a UK care home is about £32,000 per year (£620 per week) which includes food and accommodation. Costs (and quality) of care vary significantly throughout the UK as does the proportion of cost that goes directly to the carer.
The costs of having a Heritage Independent Living Live-in Carer depends on a number of factors. However, in the case of a single client, the costs of having a Heritage Live-in Carer are comparable to or less than the fees of residential care homes and residential nursing homes.
As one carer can look after two individuals, live-in care for couples can offer significant savings with respect to any residential fees.