There are many different ways that home care is funded and the journey through the funding maze can sometimes be very confusing.
The first step to take is to find out if the person who will be receiving the care is eligible for local authority funding. The current thresholds for eligibility can be found on the finance section of the First Stop website http://www.firststopcareadvice.org.uk
If you are not eligible for local authority funding then you might still be eligible for NHS Continuing Health Care Funding if you have ongoing healthcare needs.
If you are not eligible for either local authority or NHS finding then you will probably need to pay for care yourself and it is a good idea to speak to a financial advisor to ensure that you are structuring your finances in the best way possible.
Paying for care yourself is very straightforward. We provide you with the assistance that you need and we send an invoice to you every 2 weeks that you can pay by cheque, bank transfer or standing order.
To give you an idea of how much it costs to receive home care we have put together some of the most common reasons that people use our services below with the likely costs attached.
The carer will come to your home and ensure you are ready and have everything you need, drive you to where you need to go, assist you in any way you need whilst you are out, then take you back home and help to unpack and put away the shopping and ensure you are settled at home.
This will probably take about 2 hours and costs between £31and £34
A carer spending time in your home for companionship, to give existing carers a break or to help with household tasks. Our carers can assist you with laundry, changing beds, ironing, taking bins out, cleaning, meal preparation and monitoring food stocks and discarding when out of date and much more.
A 3 hour call once a week would cost between £46 and £50
Initially you may require assistance with washing and dressing, getting in and out of bed, administering medication, meal preparation and help with household tasks. The amount of care could reduce gradually week on week as independence is regained.
Initially one hour three times a day - cost between £330 and £354 per week. Reducing to 30 minutes twice a day - cost between £126 and £142 per week
The actual cost may differ depending on how far carers have to travel to your home and when taking you out and about and if you require care on a bank/public holiday. There are no additional charges and our carers always stay the full amount of time with you i.e. their time spent travelling is not taken out of your care visit time.
If you would like to know exactly how much care would cost for you then please call us and we can tell you over the phone - all we need is your postcode so that we can tell you the exact additional travel costs.
If you would like to discuss your care needs in more detail then please contact us and we will be able to provide you with more information based on your personal situation and, if you would like us to, we can arrange for one of our team to come out and see you in your own home where you can ask as many questions as you like and this is, of course, free of charge.
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