On this page, you can read questions and answers about our live-in care service.
What is live-in care?
A professionally trained carer lives with you in your own home to provide full-time care whenever you need it. Live-in care is a wonderful, welcome alternative to residential care. No upheaval, no disruption and allows you to be independent, stay close to friends, keep pets and maintain all your hobbies.
Why use a live-in care agency, rather than hiring a private live-in carer?
With our live-in care service, you benefit from our 20 years experience in the care sector and on-going support from our team. Our live-in care is a bespoke service, completely tailored to your needs.
We begin by one of our experienced team visiting you at your home, listening carefully to your needs and we then establish a comprehensive assessment of how we can help. We’ll match you with one of our carefully selected and professionally trained carers and once we have introduced you, you’ll have the on-going advice and support from our office team.
You also have the full confidence and knowledge that we are fully regulated and regularly inspected by the Care Quality Commission.
Talk to one of our team to find out more about how we can help.
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How does live-in home care work?
We offer a two-tier live-in service. The first is Self-managed live-in care, where one of our team will visit you at home and carry out a thorough assessment of your needs. We’ll then introduce you to one of our live-in carers and you will then manage their employment. All of our carers are fully trained, and vetted and we spend time matching you with just the right carer to live with you in your home. With this service, you’ll also receive on-going support and advice from our in-house office team.
We also have a Trinity-managed live-in care service where one of our team will visit you at home and create a bespoke personal support plan, designed just for you. We’ll then match you to one of our professional carers, using our Matchcare Program, where we carefully select someone we think will suit your lifestyle. You’ll also benefit from the on-going support of a dedicated Care Manager – who’ll be at the end of the phone if you need someone to talk to and we’ll also provide local back up and support from our field-based supervisors if your carer is ill or needs the support of our team.
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Employing a live-in carer
With our Self-managed live-in care service, we match and introduce you to your carer, you pay them directly and provide them with your daily routine. Each carer works for a defined period – usually for up to eight weeks – and then hands over to a replacement in accordance with a booking schedule, managed by a Trinity dedicated Care Manager.
Carers are self-employed and handle their own tax and National Insurance contributions. Trinity invoices you solely for an introduction fee.
We find this service tends to be used by people who are able to manage their own care and whose needs are more about companionship or smaller amounts of personal care. If you require more than this, our Trinity-managed live-in care may be more suitable, as under this service we are unable to influence your care or manage personal support plans.
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Can I have a male live-in carer?
Yes of course. We have many male live-in carers, many of whom have been nominated for our Trinity Home Care Values Awards. If you have a preference, please do let our team know.
Is there short-term temporary live-in care?
We can flexibly provide you with as much care as you need. For example, if you have just left the hospital and need round the clock support while you are recovering, live-in care can be arranged from 2 weeks to around 8 weeks and another placement can be arranged for longer-term support if you wish.
What is respite live-in care?
This is a short-term and temporary live-in care at home. We can step in and give your full-time carer a break. As always, we would provide a comprehensive assessment of your needs so we can walk into your home and take full responsibility for the tasks your carer does on a daily basis.
What is live-in home help?
Our live-in TrinityCarers are there to provide you with all the support you need – whether that is live-in home help to support you in your home or personal care. For example, bathing, dressing and supporting you with your routines. We can help you go out shopping, to medical and hospital appointments and keeping up with family & friends.
Will my live-in carer drive?
Some of our live-in carers are drivers and will be happy to drive you wherever you need to go. If you use our Self-managed live-in care service and wish your live-in carer to use your car, we would advise you to inspect their driving licence to see that it covers driving your car. You’ll also need to arrange for them to be insured under your own insurance at your own cost.
Will my live-in carer cook for me?
Yes, our carers are happy to shop for your food and cook all your favourite, nutritious meals.
Do you provide live-in nursing care?
Our live-in carers will help with all personal care, (like washing, dressing and supporting morning and nighttime routines), supervision of medication, helping with odd jobs, cleaning, cooking and companionship. However, nursing care, such as wound care, injections, suppositories and the like are not services we provide.
Do you just provide live-in care for an elderly person?
It’s not just elderly people who can benefit from live-in care. We also offer Personal Assistants for Younger People too.
How much does a live-in carer cost?
Working out the cost of your live-in care can be confusing but working in the care sector for the past 20 years, our team have a wealth of knowledge and experience and take great pride in being open and flexible according to your budget.
Needing care no longer automatically means needing a care home, and you may be pleasantly surprised at what you could be eligible for in terms of local funding to remain at home. Our team are adept at negotiating the various government and local agencies to help you manage your care on a tight budget.
The cost of a live-in carer will vary according to your circumstances but with a budget of around £700 per week, remaining at home becomes a cost-effective solution compared with the cost of residential care or a nursing home. And of course, if you’re a couple, sharing the one-to-one attention of a live-in carer at home, makes even more financial sense.
The cost of live-in care will, of course, vary depending on which Trinity service you’re considering. For example, if you decide to opt for our Self-managed live-in care service, the cost of live-in care will make up of your carer’s fee (which you negotiate with them directly), their travel expenses, and our fee for setting up your care, managing and maintaining your Self-managed service. This service is more suitable for those able to manage their own routine but if your needs are more comprehensive, our Trinity-managed care service, which offers more support may be more suitable.
If you’re beginning the journey into the world of care, give us a call today and let one of our experienced team guide you through your options. Contact us here.
What do I need to provide for my live-in carer?
You’ll need to have a suitable, furnished, warm, secure, and private room for your carer to live-in with you.
As your TrinityCarer may spend their breaks and downtime in their room; it is nice for them to have furnishings such as a comfortable bed, bedside table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, an armchair, desk and television where possible.
We suggest that the Trinity Carers room is lockable, or if this isn’t possible, that there is a safe place for them to keep their personal belongings and valuables.
They are also advised to keep your home secure by locking windows and doors as per your instructions and are instructed not to invite their own friends and family to visit them at your home.
How many days and hours will my live-in carer work?
Although the TrinityCarer lives in your home, they are not expected to care 24 hours a day.
A typical day will be broken into contact/work time and non- contact/downtime, based around your daily routines and preferences. On average a TrinityCarer may typically work 8-10 hours a day.
In order to comply with employment law regulations, your carer will require a minimum two-hour break in every working day. During this time they must be free to leave your home.
On average, most carers will work six and a half or seven days a week.