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What is live-in care?

Live-in care provides one-to-one, round-the-clock care in your own home from a professionally trained carer who is on hand to help you with your daily living activities.

At Carefound Home Care our live-in care service is truly personalised with your care managed by our local care management branches, all of which are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The service is often a preferred alternative to residential care, enabling you to enjoy a better quality of life at home rather than having to move into a care home or nursing home.

Live-in care offers you the opportunity to continue to live independently at home, safe in the knowledge that 24 hour care is on hand to help with anything from companionship, cooking, cleaning through to personal care, medication management or more complex support for specialist conditions such as dementia care, Parkinson’s care or post stroke care.

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Begin your live-in care journey with us

Contact our friendly team to talk about your live-in care needs.

Why choose us?

At Carefound Home Care we’ve been providing highly personalised live-in care to older people for many years. Our care is focused on helping our clients enjoy a better quality of life at home, whilst improving their health and well-being outcomes.

Rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC

Each of our home care branches are individually registered, inspected and rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we have been consistently rated Outstanding, giving families the peace of mind that they are receiving the best care service available.

Locally managed live-in care

Our live-in care service is managed from our local branch which ensures that we are able to maintain exceptional levels of support for our carers, our clients and their families. We provide this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also recruit our carers from our local areas.

Continuity of care

Unlike an agency, we employ our professional carers who typically rotate on a one or two week-on / week-off basis. This enables us to give you better continuity and consistency. We’re also responsible for arranging cover if your carer is taken ill or needs a break.

Expertly trained carers

All of our carers undergo an extensive recruitment process including interviews, reference checks and an Enhanced DBS Check. They then complete our leading training programme which goes beyond mandatory requirements and includes supporting specialist health conditions.

A fully managed service

We remove the burden of families having to manage care themselves. This includes visiting and contacting our clients and carers weekly, and regular monitoring of your care including any concerns or issues. We also invest in training, supervising, developing and supporting our carers.

Improved health outcomes

We have a proven track record of improving health outcomes including reducing falls, managing signs of deterioration and lowering the risk of hospital admissions. Our proactive approach is supported by our innovative technology and reduces reliance on hospitals and other NHS services.

What’s included in 24-hour live-in care?

Retain your independence at home with live-in care personalised to you. Your professional carers can help you with a range of daily living activities including:


Company and companionship from a carer matched to you so you can enjoy life with the right level of stimulation and emotional support.

Personal care and hygiene

Help with your personal needs such as dressing, personal cleanliness, lavatory needs and grooming, all with dignity and discretion.

Medication help

Our carers are trained in supporting you with managing and administering your medications. They can also collect prescriptions from the pharmacy.

Staying active

We’re able to work closely with occupational therapists and other health professionals to ensure your mobility needs are met.

Shopping for food and essentials

We can help you with shopping whether it involves popping out to the shops or arranging an online delivery.

Light housekeeping

This may include washing and ironing, cleaning rooms or vacuuming, to ensure your usual standards of cleanliness are maintained.

Meal preparation and nutrition

Your carer can help you plan and prepare nutritious meals to ensure your dietary needs are met, at a time that suits you.

Social activities and connecting

Your carer can support you to continue to socialise and keep close to family and friends.

Transportation and errands

This may involve helping you get out and about in your local community, going out on trips or running errands on your behalf.

Hobbies and interests

Continuing to enjoy hobbies and interests helps maintain your independence and our carers will support you to do this both inside and outside of your home.

Specialist care

We will monitor your health and well-being outcomes and our carers are trained to support you with complex conditions such as dementia.

“We really couldn’t have asked for a more professional, caring and empathetic approach from both carers. We will always be indebted to Carefound Home Care”

Mr and Mrs W, Ilkley

Benefits of live-in care vs. a care home

It’s important to find the right care provider for your family, but if your loved one wants to remain at home they are able to do so with live-in care. Live-in care also has many advantages over moving into a care home or a nursing home, including:

Live-in careCare home
You can remain in the comfort of your own homeForced to move into an unfamiliar setting, without home comforts
You can continue to enjoy the surroundings and lifestyle with which you are familiar, especially important when living with a condition such as dementiaSignificant changes to daily activities and surroundings, and typically involves a loss of independence
One-to-one care is provided by the same carer enabling you to build a trusted relationshipMultiple carers working across different shifts
Care can be uniquely tailored to the needs of your family with a plan of care developed around your daily routines and the outcomes you wish to achieveYou will have to adjust to a new routine with less control over daily meals, personal care, activities etc.
You can keep up your same interests and hobbies and continue to be part of your local communityHarder to access your local community and may involve moving into a new area
If you have a pet your live-in carer will help you continue to care for it, even taking the dog for a walkTypically requires you to leave your pet
The cost of live-in care is similar to that of a care home and is more cost effective for couplesCouples are required to pay for two beds in residential care

Who can benefit from live-in care?

You may feel you would benefit from companionship and some help with daily activities, or you have experienced a change in your health or mobility, or you are living with a complex health condition, or even be struggling to support a spouse or older relative in the way you would like. 24-hour live-in care is quite simply for anybody who wishes to remain in the comfort of their own home with the undivided attention of a single carer.

Live-in care can be arranged on a long-term basis or a short-term respite basis to provide a break to a carer, to aid recovery or to enable an older person to get used to the support.

Here are some examples of when families may decide to use live-in care:

Currently receiving hourly visiting care

If you’re receiving domiciliary care from a care agency or social services the number of daily visits can mean that too many carers are having to be involved. The cost of visiting care might also be the same as or more than live-in care, especially if sleepover night care is needed. Live-in care can offer better continuity and is often preferred to moving into a care home or nursing home.

Live-in care for couples

Live-in care for couples enables you and your partner to remain together in the familiar setting of your own home with help on hand. You can avoid having to move into residential care, and live-in care offers a significant cost saving since the cost relates to only one carer, whereas in residential care you would have to pay for two beds.

Hospital discharge

Live-in care ensures appropriate support for a safe return home from hospital. A needs assessment can be completed in hospital and at home, and we will also liaise with the hospital teams including the discharge team, ward manager, nurses, doctors and specialists. We can also work alongside health professionals to support you with rehabilitation, convalescence and recovery.

Returning home from a care home or nursing home

If you wish to return home from residential care we can assess your care needs in your current setting and also work with health professionals such as OTs and nurses to ensure this can happen safely. Our live-in care service is able to support more complex needs such as medication management or dementia care, all in a setting where we are generally much happier.

Changing home care agency

As an Outstanding rated CQC provider we are often contacted by families who wish to change provider. It may be that you’re using a large, national live-in care company who are unable to provide the right level of local support, or you may have employed a private live-in carer where you don’t benefit from a managed, professional service supported 24/7 by our local experts.

Specialist care needs

If you’re living with a complex condition such as dementia or Parkinson’s or need specialist medication support, live-in care may be better than hourly visiting care or preferred to residential care. Your live-in carer receives specialist training and can be matched to you and your needs. They can also work alongside district nurses, physios, speech therapists, OTs and doctors.

Falls prevention

Falls are a primary cause of ill-health and hospital admissions amongst older people. Our live-in carers are able to use our falls prevention strategy designed with the NHS to help prevent falls, including if you’re living with complex needs or severe mobility issues. They can also quickly raise the alarm if you experience an incident or require urgent medical care.

Costs of live-in care

The costs of live-in care can vary depending on the needs of the individual or couple being supported. However, it can generally be assumed that live-in care costs will be in line with a high quality care home, but you get the benefit of being able to remain in the comfort of your own home.

We offer a fully transparent pricing structure, which means no hidden costs, fees or add-ons.

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Single person care

Full-time live-in care enabling an individual person to remain in the comfort of their own home, rather than moving into residential care.

From £1,499 per week

Benefits include:

  • One-to-one support from a professional live-in carer
  • Carer employed, vetted, trained and supported by us
  • Carer holidays, PAYE, sick pay, insurance etc. dealt with by us
  • Carer matched to you
  • Care package tailored to your needs
  • Ongoing support from our local care management team
  • 24/7 support from our local on-call team
  • Free access to our care management app
  • Daily soft sign checks for better health outcomes
  • No additional VAT or other costs
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Couples care

Enables couples to remain together with the support of a dedicated carer, rather than paying for two beds in a care home.

From £1,799 per week

All the benefits of single person care, plus:

  • Continue living together
  • Maintain your normal routines as a couple
  • Avoid paying for two beds in residential care

You can also read more about the cost of live-in care.

How to arrange live-in care

We try to make the process of arranging your care as easy and straightforward as possible. Call our local team today to begin your live-in care journey.


Speak to our local team

Call our local team on 0330 223 6240 to talk through your options and discuss any questions you may have.

Free assessment of care needs

Your local care manager will visit you to discuss your needs and wishes, before creating your tailored care plan with you.

Match your carer

We'll match the most suitable carer to you, ensure they're introduced and our local team will manage your care 24/7.

Live-in care FAQs

Live-in care is when you have a fully trained carer living with you in your own home, giving you the peace of mind that you have 24/7 care on hand when you need it. Live-in care is typically provided by two carers who rotate on a weekly basis, providing personalised care based on a care plan designed with you. Live-in care can include support with a range of daily living activities such as help with washing, dressing, medication, preparing and eating food, help with chores, gardening and pet care.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator that inspects and monitors health and social care services in the UK. A CQC-regulated live-in care service gives you greater peace of mind about the quality of the care service that you will receive. Our live-in care service is managed locally from our local branches, each of which are inspected and regulated by the CQC. Our 'Outstanding' CQC ratings across all of our branches inspected to date assures you that we are providing the highest standards of care possible.

The cost of live-in care will depend on your level of need, however our service is available from £1,499 per week. If you are a couple there is an additional charge of only £300 per week, making live-in care a highly cost effective solution compared to a care home.

Yes! We also provide a locally managed hourly home care service which is a more flexible care option for people who require additional support with daily living but do not need the 24/7 presence of a live-in carer. Find out more about hourly home care from Carefound Home Care.

Live-in carers will provide you with daily care in your own home. Carers will work between 8 and 10 hours per day depending on your specific needs. Carers must be able to take at least 2 hours break each day, or 14 hours break during each week, and get sufficient rest at night. If you require support during the night, or cover during carer breaks, we can help you to arrange this.

Your live-in carer needs a suitably furnished bedroom for their sole use to enable them to rest and have sufficient privacy. They will also require access to any internet connection you have at your home so that they may update your care records using our secure care management app. Your live-in carer will cook daily meals according to your preferences and you will need to allow for food for them to the value of a minimum of £45 a week taking into account any reasonable dietary. Your carer will also need a 2 hour break each day - if you require support during these breaks we often find that friends or family are willing to help or we can try to arrange additional hourly home care for you.