At Bright Care, we believe that home care is best.

Our consistent, elderly in-home care means remaining at home is possible. With our award-winning care, you can be sure elderly loved ones continue to thrive and enjoy their later years.

 

Here are some questions that we are typically asked along with the answers.  If you have a question that is not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact us.

General Care

What is the difference between home care and a care home?

Home care is when an elderly loved one receives care within the comfort of their own home and retains independence. We offer an at-home bespoke care service to private clients.

With home care from one of our Bright Carers, you can expect exceptional levels of care and visits from two hours or more, so meaningful relationships between clients and carers can develop. Contact us today to find out more about our award-winning care.

A care home is a residential home that offers personal care, meals and accommodation specifically designed for the elderly, especially those with complex medical conditions, mental or learning disabilities. Although you have your own room within a care home, it is much more structured with organised meal times, activities and allocated visiting times.

There is not the same level of independence, privacy or dignity offered with at-home care.

How do you deal with a negative elderly person?

Knowing how to help a negative elderly person can sometimes be challenging. You may find the dynamic between yourself and your elderly loved one changes and their negative behaviour is putting a strain on your relationship.

To help and ease the situation, perhaps try a few of the following:

  • Put yourself in their shoes. Try to imagine what it is like to lose your independence, to see your health deteriorating. Perhaps they are feeling bored, lonely or depressed.
  • Do some fun activities together. Plan some trips together, perhaps for a cup of tea, a walk or to visit friends. If they are less mobile, why not stay in and play a game or help them with their favourite hobby. 
  • Talk to them openly. Try to understand how they are feeling and why. Endeavour to get to the root of their negativity so that together you can make a plan to resolve any fears or worries they might have.
  • Enlist the help of a professional. Negative behaviour in an elderly person can also be a sign that they need more help around the home from a professional Carer. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.

How do I complain about a care worker?

All of the staff at Bright Care take pride in offering exceptional care. It is important to us that you are always happy with the performance of your Care Assistant. If, for any reason you are not satisfied, we will work with you to find a solution. For those in receipt of self-funded care from us, please discuss your concerns with your Care Manager, or if you wish to make a complaint, your Registered Branch Manager. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can escalate your complaint to the Senior Leadership Team.

What happens if someone refuses to go into a care home?

If an elderly loved one refuses to go into a care home, several factors need to be considered and steps taken to address the situation. It is important to approach the situation with empathy, respect, and a focus on your loved one’s best interests.

 Balancing their autonomy and well-being can be challenging, but involving them in the decision-making process and considering their preferences will help you to find a solution that respects their wishes while ensuring their safety and care needs are met.

Here are some potential actions for you to consider:

  • Assess their capacity: evaluate your loved ones’ mental and cognitive capacity to make decisions. If they have the mental capacity to make informed choices, their refusal to go into a care home should be respected, and alternative options should be explored.
  • Explore alternative options: if your loved one refuses to go into a care home, consider alternative care arrangements that may be more acceptable to them. These options can include in-home care services, such as daily, weekly, live-in or overnight in-home care from Bright Care.
  • Involve social services: contact your local authority to provide a social worker who can assess the situation, provide guidance, and explore available resources and solutions. These professionals can help evaluate your loved one’s needs and available support systems to develop a care plan that respects their autonomy while ensuring their well-being.
  • Private care services: if your loved one is refusing a care home due to concerns about leaving their current home or fear of losing independence, providing bespoke care in-home may be a viable solution.
  • Legal considerations: in cases where your loved one’s capacity is in question, it may be necessary to consult legal professionals. This can include guardianship proceedings, where a court determines whether the person is incapable of making decisions and appoints a responsible person to make decisions on their behalf.

What are the disadvantages of living in a care home?

Living in a care home for the elderly, also known as a nursing home or residential home, can offer support and assistance to individuals who require extra care due to their advanced age. At Bright Care we believe that remaining at home in your later years is best. With our style of at-home care and companionship, this has been made possible for our many clients over the years.

Our care services allow your elderly loved ones to remain within the comfort of their own homes, retain their dignity and independence while receiving the support they need from our exceptional Care Assistants.

There can be disadvantages to living in a care home. These include:

  • Loss of independence: One of the primary drawbacks of living in a care home is the loss of independence, as residents may have limited control over their daily routines, schedules, activities, meal options and timings and restrictive visiting hours. 
  • Depersonalised care: Due to the large number of residents and limited staff, personalised care can sometimes be challenging to achieve. This can result in a one-size-fits-all approach to caregiving, which may not meet the unique needs and preferences of each individual resident.
  • Limited personal space: Many care homes have shared living spaces, which can lead to a lack of privacy and personal space. 
  • Lack of familiarity: Moving to a care home often means leaving behind your own home, familiar surroundings, local communities and events, friends, neighbours and routines. 
  • Lack of Autonomy: Depending on the excursions, activities and social opportunities offered by the care home, residents might experience boredom and a lack of mental stimulation. Getting out and about is restricted by when and where care home staff choose to go with the client having little choice. 

The benefits of our at-home elderly care services include: 

  • Remain at home with bespoke care packages
  • Enjoy one-to-one care 
  • Regular companionship 
  • Continue existing social connections and routines
  • Freedom of choice to get out and about when needed
  • Maintain control, dignity and independence

Get in touch with our care team today to discuss your loved one’s at-home care needs.

Elder Care

When does an elderly person need care?

Although there is no set age an elderly person needs care, in 2022 the average age of a person in receipt of support in the UK was 84 years old.

You should consider seeking care for your loved one if it has become unsafe for them to live alone, if there are signs of confusion or disorientation, if they need support because of a medical condition, or any other risks to their personal safety. Advice on how to spot signs of decline in a loved one.

Bright Care offer private tailor made elderly in-home care services. Our services include care and companionship, providing peace of mind for families who cannot always be there to care for their loved ones.

If you believe your elderly loved one needs help with day-to-day activities but cannot afford private care, try completing a care assessment with your local council. More information on this is available from the GOV.UK website.

How do you deal with elderly parents who refuse help?

Change can be difficult, often there can be resistance to care and elderly parents refuse help. This is common and there are a few things you can try.

  • Start early – ask open questions before the need for care arises, it will give you time to discuss the available options.
  • Be understanding – getting older and needing to rely on others can be scary and upsetting, so try to be understanding and kind when raising this delicate topic.
  • Give options – try to give your loved one’s options of where and how they would like to receive their care.
  • Create a list – note down anything you feel is causing an issue for them and prioritise these together.
  • Seek expert advice – our expert team is on hand to offer you free advice on how to help your loved ones accept that they need care.

Contact us on 0330 024 1327 or by completing our contact form.

What is elderly home care?

Elderly home care services are provided at home to support loved ones living independently. This care can be delivered through a pattern of daytime, live-in or overnight care, depending on the individual’s care needs.

At Bright Care, elderly home care is when our experienced Care Assistants come into an elderly client’s home to deliver first rate care and companionship as a practical and positive alternative to residential care.

The elderly home care we offer is comprehensive:

  • Consistent companionship (reading the newspaper, playing games)
  • Support with outings (food shopping, hospital appointments, walks)
  • Help around the house (laundry, vacuuming, dusting)
  • Home-based activities (cooking, baking, gardening)
  • Support at social events (family gatherings, clubs, religious services)
  • Personal hygiene (washing, getting dressed)
  • Health (support with medications)
  • Personal administration (help with forms, letters, paying bills)

What is involved in elderly care?

Our elderly care is the provision of care for elderly loved ones living independently in their own homes. Our daytime visits are always two hours or more, with the same Care Assistant, enabling meaningful relationships to develop. Our Carers and clients are thoughtfully matched during our comprehensive set up process.

The elderly care we offer includes:

  • Consistent companionship (reading the newspaper, playing games)
  • Support with outings (food shopping, hospital appointments, walks)
  • Help around the house (laundry, vacuuming, dusting)
  • Home-based activities (cooking, baking, gardening)
  • Support at social events (family gatherings, clubs, religious services)
  • Personal hygiene (washing, getting dressed)
  • Health (support with medications)
  • Personal administration (help with forms, letters, paying bills)

What are the home care services for an elderly person?

At Bright Care the home care services for an elderly person includes a range of care and companionship in the comfort of their own home. Our bespoke services aim to help your loved ones to maintain their independence, improve their quality of life, and ensure their mental and physical well-being. Below is a list of the services we provide; these may vary depending on the individual’s needs: 

  • Personal Care: Assistance with daily living activities, such as bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting, and mobility support.
  • Medication Management: Help with medication reminders, organising pill boxes, and ensuring the proper administration of medications.
  • Meal Preparation: Planning and cooking nutritious meals according to dietary needs and preferences, and assistance with feeding if necessary.
  • Companionship: Engaging in conversation, providing emotional support, and participating in activities to alleviate loneliness and promote social interaction.
  • Housekeeping: Light housekeeping tasks such as cleaning, laundry, changing bed linen, and maintaining a safe and tidy living environment.
  • Transportation: Assisting with transportation to medical appointments, picking up prescriptions, food shopping, social outings, or other errands.
  • Respite Care: Providing temporary relief for family caregivers by taking care of the elderly person, allowing the primary caregiver to take a break.
  • Mobility Assistance: Helping with walking, transferring from bed to chair, or using assistive devices such as walkers or canes.
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care: Specialised care for individuals with cognitive impairments, including memory care, cognitive stimulation, and maintaining a safe environment.
  • Emotional Support: Providing companionship, emotional reassurance, and support.

What is the best care for the elderly?

At Bright Care, when determining the best care for an elderly person, our Care Managers take the time to get to know each client to create a bespoke care package based on their individual needs, preferences and circumstances, medical condition, level of independence, and available support systems.

These are the things to consider when choosing the best care services for your elderly loved one:

  • Assess individual needs: evaluate their physical, cognitive, and emotional needs. Consider any medical conditions, mobility limitations, memory issues, or specific medical requirements they may have.
  • Safety and well-being: ensure that the care plan prioritises their safety and well-being. This includes creating a safe living environment, addressing fall risks and providing assistance with daily activities as needed.
  • Personalised care: tailored care is designed to meet the individual’s needs, preferences and desires. It’s important to involve your loved one in the decision-making process where possible.
  • Quality of life: focus on enhancing your loved one’s quality of life. Consider services and activities that promote social engagement, mental stimulation, and emotional well-being. Companionship, recreational activities, and opportunities for social interaction can contribute significantly to their happiness and overall well-being.
  • Professional Carers: if you choose in-home care, ensure that your chosen Carer is trained, qualified, empathetic and compassionate. They should have experience in caring for the elderly and understand their unique needs.
  • Medical care: if your loved one has complex medical needs, consider access to appropriate healthcare services. This may involve coordinating with doctors, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals to ensure regular medical check-ups, medication management and specialised care if required.
  • Emotional support: emotional support and companionship can help to combat loneliness and isolation. Regular visits from family members, friends and the services of a Carer can help alleviate these feelings.
  • Regular assessments and adjustments: evaluate their care plan to ensure it remains appropriate and effective. As your loved ones’ needs change over time, it is essential to modify their care plan accordingly to provide the best possible care.

Why is home care better for the elderly?

At Bright Care, we believe home is best. There are many advantages to remaining in the comfortable and familiar surroundings of your own home in later years. With one-on-one attention from a Care Assistant delivered via a tailored care package, the specific needs, unique requirements, preferences, and routines of the elderly person can be maintained. 

Staying at home with the support of a Care Assistant allows elderly loved ones to remain in their home, promoting a sense of security and reducing the stress associated with a move to an unfamiliar setting.

Home care enables elderly individuals to maintain their independence and autonomy. They can continue to make decisions about their daily routines, receive personalised care, and participate in activities of their choice. This sense of control can contribute to their emotional well-being and overall satisfaction.

With private, at-home care from Bright Care, your elderly loved one will receive companionship, emotional support, regular interactions and develop a meaningful relationship with their allocated Care Assistant, alleviating feelings of loneliness and isolation, which promotes mental and emotional well-being.

How do I find a private Carer?

When it comes to finding a private Carer, there are various elderly care options to choose from. We recommend that you take the time to discuss the different care options available with your loved one, as you are much more likely to have a successful outcome if they are included in this process.

It is important that you carry out plenty of research before making a choice. Your research could include:

  • Assess your loved one’s care needs, to help you decide what level of care is needed.
  • Use an online directory to help you find private care providers in your area.
  • Seek recommendations, reading reviews and checking out the certifications of the care companies or the qualifications of any private Carers.
  • Contact Bright Care for free advice; we can talk you through the care services available to help you to decide what level of care your loved one requires.

Once you have identified potential carers or care companies, it is crucial to thoroughly screen and interview them to ensure they meet your requirements. If you choose to employ someone directly, you will need to check references, qualifications, and relevant experience, and consider conducting face-to-face interviews or trial periods before making a final decision. Additionally, make sure you discuss and agree upon terms of employment, including rates, hours, and duties, before hiring a private Carer.

As a private care company, Bright Care can carry out all of the above employment requirements for you to make the whole process of finding fully managed elderly in-home care services as simple as possible. We carefully match all our fully trained Care Assistants with the client, but if for any reason the match doesn’t work out, we will find another carer who is more suitable.

With private, at-home care from Bright Care, your elderly loved one will receive companionship, emotional support, regular interactions and develop a meaningful relationship with their allocated Care Assistant, alleviating feelings of loneliness and isolation, which promotes mental and emotional well-being.

How do I get a Carer for my parents?

Finding a suitable and qualified Carer for your parents in their later years can be a complex process. Initially you should determine the level of care your parent(s) need and if they wish to remain in the comfort of their own home or move into a care home. 

If you choose to proceed with finding your own in-home Carer, you are required to recruit, interview, vet and employ them yourself. This is a very complex process, which we have detailed in this article, Where do I start looking for care?

At Bright Care, our fully-managed in-home care services offer exceptional care and companionship for those in their later years. We take care of the whole process of finding the right care for your loved one. We recruit and train exceptional Carers, deliver award-winning at-home care and offer peace of mind to you and your family.

Contact us today to find out more about the in-home elder care packages we offer.

What elderly at-home care is available near me?

Choosing the right elderly at-home care for your loved ones is a significant decision, so take your time to find a service that meets your parents’ needs and provides them with the best possible care and support. There will be different types of care services and providers within your chosen geographical area. 

At Bright Care, our in-home elder care services are available throughout Scotland and the South East of England, whilst our live-in care services are provided on a nationwide basis. We have multiple Bright Care branches which allows us to offer the strength of a national in-home care service, combined with expert knowledge of each location we cover.

We believe that at-home care is best. Our consistent, supportive and award-winning elderly care and companionship means that remaining at home is possible. We work alongside families to create bespoke and flexible at-home care packages for their loved ones. To find out more about the care services we offer, please get in touch.

Contact us today to find out more about the in-home elder care packages we offer.

What to do if you are unable to take care of your parents?

Bright Care can help take care of a parent when you cannot take care of them yourself. We offer tailored at-home care for those in their later years. Our services include hourly daytime care, live-in care and overnight care. Please get in touch with our team today to discuss your loved one’s at-home care needs. 

The advice section on our website can help you explore your elder care options. It includes advice on finding the right care, financial planning, better well-being for the elderly, as well as legal and regulatory information.

We recommend that you start by reading our ‘Where do I Start Looking for Elder Care and our ‘How to Prepare for the Care of an Elderly Relative’ advice.

Financial Advice

How much is elderly home care?

The cost of elderly home care will vary greatly depending on your geographical area and the level of service required. At Bright Care we offer care packages that are tailored to our clients’ needs, including live-in care, hourly daytime care, overnight and sleepover care, respite care, and specialised care for those with Alzheimer’s or Dementia. 

Find out more about the cost of our care.

How much do home carers charge per hour?

The average cost you need to pay for home carers varies but you can expect to pay somewhere between £20 to £30 an hour. The cost of home carers can fluctuate greatly depending on geography, service level and your loved one’s level of need.

At Bright Care, our packages are tailored to individual needs and home help costs vary depending on the level of care required; daytime, live-in or overnight care. We are committed to being fully transparent with our costs and we encourage you to get in touch with your local branch to discuss your requirements, which will give us the information we need to provide you with an accurate quote.

How much are elderly care costs in the UK?

The cost of elderly care in the UK can vary depending on a number of factors, including the geographical location and the type and level of care needed. 

At Bright Care we offer care packages that are tailored to our clients’ needs, including live-in care, hourly daytime care, overnight care and respite care. Find out more about the cost of our care

It is important to note that the cost of elderly care can vary widely depending on the specific circumstances and needs of the individual requiring care. Additionally, the cost of care may be partially or fully covered by government support or insurance policies, depending on eligibility criteria and the type of care required.

How much does a Carer cost per hour?

The cost of a Carer for the elderly per hour in the UK can vary depending on the geographical region, the level of care required, the qualifications and experience of the Carer, and whether it’s provided by an agency or an independent care provider. The rates can also differ for live-in care compared to hourly care. When engaging a professional care provider or in-home care agency, it is advisable to inquire directly about their current rates and any additional fees or charges that may apply.

At Bright Care, we are committed to being fully transparent with our costs and we believe that fully-managed and bespoke in-home elderly care services are an investment in your peace of mind and in the quality of life of your loved ones.

 The cost of our tailored care packages depends on the level of care that is required. We offer hourly daytime care, 24-hour live-in care or overnight care. We encourage you to get in touch with your local branch to discuss requirements which will give us the information we need to provide an accurate quote.

What financial support is available in the UK for elderly care?

In the UK, there are several financial support options available to assist with elderly care. The specific support programmes and eligibility criteria may vary based on factors such as the individual’s care needs, financial situation, and geographical location. 

Some of the key forms of financial support for elderly care in the UK include:

  • Local Authorities offer financial assistance for elderly care through means-tested assessments. This includes services such as home care, residential care, and nursing care. Individuals may be eligible for financial support based on their income, assets, and care needs. Local authority support is subject to a financial assessment and varies between different regions.
  • Attendance Allowance is a non-means-tested benefit provided by the UK government. It is available to individuals aged 65 or older who have care needs. The allowance is designed to help with personal care and support for those who need assistance but do not reside in a care home. The benefit is tax-free and can be used to cover the cost of home care or other care-related expenses.
  • Pension Credit is a means-tested benefit available to individuals of pensionable age. It provides additional financial support to top up a person’s income. Pension Credit consists of two elements: Guarantee Credit, which tops up income to a minimum threshold, and Savings Credit, which is based on additional income from savings or a second pension.
  • For individuals with complex and significant healthcare needs, the National Health Service (NHS) provides fully funded care through the Continuing Healthcare programme. Eligibility for Continuing Healthcare is determined by a comprehensive assessment, and it covers the full cost of care, whether in a care home or at home.

It’s important to note that these are some of the key financial support options available, but there may be additional regional or local programmes and benefits specific to certain areas. To determine eligibility and receive accurate and up-to-date information on available financial support, it is recommended to contact local authorities, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), or seek advice from relevant support organisations or charities specialising in elderly care.

Is elderly care tax deductible?

Unfortunately, there are no income or capital gains tax reliefs for care payments in the UK, whether made by those in care or those who are paying on behalf of a relative.

According to Age UK  you will need to pay tax on your income if it is over a certain amount, including any earnings, pensions and benefits, interest from savings, income from lettings or from a trust and dividends on shares. However, not all income is taxable, for example pension credit and universal credit, winter fuel payments, individual savings accounts and some national savings and investment products.

We recommend that you seek independent financial advice when planning for the cost of care. For further information on financial planning for elder care, visit our advice pages. 

Can home care be tax deductible?

Home care payments in the UK are not tax deductible, whether made by those in care or those who are paying on behalf of a relative.

For further information on financial planning for elder care, visit our advice pages or contact us for more information on our in-home elder care and companionship services.

We recommend that you seek independent financial advice when planning for the cost of elder care. 

How much do you pay a Carer for overnight care?

How much you pay for overnight care will depend on your location, the level of care required, the Carer’s qualifications and experience, and whether the Carer is self-employed, employed by an agency or if you opt for a fully managed care service.

As part of our at-home overnight care packages, we offer fully managed overnight care, tailored to your loved one’s needs. This includes overnight sleepover care, a night waking service and an emergency on call service. Our Carers are all highly trained at the Bright Care Training Academy with ongoing support from our dedicated Care Managers so they can provide a reassuring presence throughout the night. 

Please contact us today to find out the cost of our overnight care packages in your area.

Carer Role and Responsibilities

What do Carers do when they come to your house?

When our Bright Carers visit one of their clients at home, they will carry out duties according to the wishes and needs of the individual. Our hourly daytime care includes light housework, support with administering medications, assisting with outings, such as hospital appointments or food shopping. In addition to helping with admin, gardening or cooking, personal hygiene and generally providing companionship, including support at social events such as family gatherings or religious services.

Contact us today to find out more about our award-winning care.

What are elderly care duties?

Elderly care duties are the activities that a Care Assistant will perform when visiting their clients. These duties include personal care, such as washing and dressing, exercising, meal and drink preparation, medication reminders, and light housework.

If you choose to engage daytime care from us, our visits start from two hours and focus on the companionship and social aspect of elderly care, as well as the everyday requirements of supported living. To find out more about our tailored elderly care, talk to us today.

Can home care workers administer medication?

Home care workers in the UK can administer medication, providing that they meet specific training and competency requirements. To ensure the safe and effective administration of medication they must follow strict medication administration policies and procedures.

At Bright Care, our in-home Care Assistants are appropriately trained to ensure that they are competent and authorised to administer medication. All of our Care Assistants must adhere to our medication administration policy and procedure.

Bright Care is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England and the Care Inspectorate in Scotland, who set out specific standards that must be met to ensure the safe and effective administration of medication. These standards include Training and Competency, Record-keeping, Medication Management and Risk Assessments.

What happens if you are unhappy with the performance of a Carer?

We pride ourselves on offering exceptional care and it is important to us that you are happy with the performance of your Care Assistant. If, for any reason you are not satisfied with the performance of a Care Assistant, we will work with you to find a solution. For those receiving self-funded care from Bright Care, in the first instance please discuss your concerns with your Care Manager, or if you wish to make a complaint, your Registered Branch Manager. If you are not satisfied with the outcome, you can escalate your complaint to the Senior Leadership Team. 

For those receiving government funded care, we suggest the following:

Step one: in the first instance contact your council if you receive government funded care, or contact your care agency or care company if you are self-funded, to have an informal chat to try and resolve the issue.

Step two: if this does not resolve the issue, you are entitled to make a formal complaint. Ask for a copy of the council’s or care company’s complaint procedure, they are required to provide you with this.

Step three: if you are not happy with the outcome of the complaint’s procedure, regardless of whether you receive local authority care or self-funded care, you can ask the local government or your social care ombudsman to investigate further.

Do Carers change bedding?

Changing bedding is typically considered part of personal care and hygiene support. It involves removing soiled sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, and replacing them with clean items. This task helps ensure the comfort, cleanliness, and overall well being of the individual receiving care.

At Bright Care our fully-trained Care Assistants carry out the following duties as required by their clients:

  • Consistent companionship (reading the newspaper, playing games)
  • Support with outings (food shopping, hospital appointments, walks)
  • Help around the house (laundry, vacuuming, dusting, bed changing)
  • Home-based activities (cooking, baking, gardening)
  • Support at social events (family gatherings, clubs, religious services)
  • Personal hygiene (washing, getting dressed)
  • Health (support with medications)
  • Personal administration (help with forms, letters, paying bills)

Find out more about our home help services.

Do home Carers cook?

At Bright Care, we expect our home Carers to provide meal preparation and cooking as part of their care and companionship services.

Home cooked meals are an important aspect of in-home care because it ensures that our clients have access to nutritious, well-balanced meals. 

Our tailored Bright Carer services offer clients assistance with meal planning, preparation, washing up, food shopping, portion control, dietary restrictions and assistance with eating where required.

Our Bright Carers can work closely with their clients and their families to ensure that dietary preferences and requirements are met while also considering the individual’s health and medical needs.

To find out more about the in-home care services we offer, please get in touch.

Changing bedding is typically considered part of personal care and hygiene support. It involves removing soiled sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, and replacing them with clean items. This task helps ensure the comfort, cleanliness, and overall well being of the individual receiving care.

At Bright Care our fully-trained Care Assistants carry out the following duties as required by their clients:

  • Consistent companionship (reading the newspaper, playing games)
  • Support with outings (food shopping, hospital appointments, walks)
  • Help around the house (laundry, vacuuming, dusting, bed changing)
  • Home-based activities (cooking, baking, gardening)
  • Support at social events (family gatherings, clubs, religious services)
  • Personal hygiene (washing, getting dressed)
  • Health (support with medications)
  • Personal administration (help with forms, letters, paying bills)

Find out more about our home help services.

Do Carers do ironing?

The responsibilities of at-home Carers will vary based on the specific needs and preferences of the client. Carers usually focus on providing personal care and assistance with activities of daily living. These can include tasks such as bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication management and light housekeeping, which can include ironing.

To find out more about the at-home care services Bright Care offers and to discuss your needs, please get in touch.

Changing bedding is typically considered part of personal care and hygiene support. It involves removing soiled sheets, pillowcases, and blankets, and replacing them with clean items. This task helps ensure the comfort, cleanliness, and overall well being of the individual receiving care.

At Bright Care our fully-trained Care Assistants carry out the following duties as required by their clients:

  • Consistent companionship (reading the newspaper, playing games)
  • Support with outings (food shopping, hospital appointments, walks)
  • Help around the house (laundry, vacuuming, dusting, bed changing)
  • Home-based activities (cooking, baking, gardening)
  • Support at social events (family gatherings, clubs, religious services)
  • Personal hygiene (washing, getting dressed)
  • Health (support with medications)
  • Personal administration (help with forms, letters, paying bills)

Find out more about our home help services.

Live-in Care

Is a live-in Carer cheaper than a care home?

Comparatively, in-home care costs can be less expensive than the cost of a care home and offer much better value and experience. Moving into a care home is a huge upheaval, leaving friends, neighbours and memories behind. There is less space, privacy, independence and visiting times may be restricted. Our care packages are tailored to individual needs, therefore our costs vary according to the type of care required. Our exceptionally well-trained Care Assistants provide regulated live-in care across England and Scotland. We are committed to being fully transparent in terms of our costs, and we encourage you to get in touch with one of our local branches where we can talk you through how our services are costed in more detail.

With Bright Care, your loved ones will receive tailored care that promotes their independence and helps retain their dignity. Most importantly, they will be supported to remain at home and close to the people they love.

Is live-in care 7 days a week?

 Live-in care from Bright Care typically involves a Care Assistant living in the home of their client to provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Our exceptional Live-in Care Assistants are responsible for providing a range of support services, including assistance with daily living activities such as washing, getting dressed, support with medication, food shopping, hospital appointments, laundry, vacuuming and dusting. Our carers also provide companionship in the form of reading the newspaper, playing games, going for walks, cooking, baking, gardening, as well as support at social events, family gatherings, clubs, religious services and assistance with personal administration.

Live-in care is a good option for people who require around-the-clock care and support, but who wish to remain in the comfort of their own home rather than moving into a residential care home. Our live-in care is personalised to each client and offers a higher level of attention that is particularly beneficial for individuals with complex care needs or who require specialist care.

Do Live-in Carers work 7 days a week?

The work schedule for Live-in Carers can vary depending on the specific arrangement, the needs of the person being cared for, and the agreement between the Carer and the care recipient or their family. At Bright Care we ensure that our clients and their families have a clear understanding of the expectations, working hours, rest periods of their Live-in Carer and we provide any necessary coverage during time off. 

Live-in home care from Bright Care is provided by carefully matched Care Assistants who live their lives alongside their clients in their homes and are on hand to assist with all areas of everyday life. Live-in care is available 7 days a week, 365 days of the year and is usually provided by two Bright Carers who work together on a rotational basis. This could be a week-on/week-off basis, or sometimes staff work in shifts. 

If you would like to find out more about the day in the life of a Live-in Care Assistant, please read Andrea’s story.

Do Live-in Carers stay overnight?

Yes, Live-in Care Assistants stay overnight. At Bright Care, carefully matched Carers provide our live-in home care. They live alongside their clients in their homes and will be on hand to assist with all areas of everyday life. Our live-in care services are available 7 days a week, 365 days of the year.

Our comprehensive live-in care services include:

  • Consistent companionship (reading the newspaper, playing games)
  • Support with outings (food shopping, hospital appointments, walks)
  • Help around the house (laundry, vacuuming, dusting)
  • Home-based activities (cooking, baking, gardening)
  • Support at social events (family gatherings, clubs, religious services)
  • Personal hygiene (washing, getting dressed)
  • Health (support with medications)
  • Personal administration (help with forms, letters, paying bills)

How many hours a day should a live-in Carer work?

At Bright Care, our live-in care services are available 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Care is usually provided by two Bright Carers who work together on a rotational basis. This could be a week-on/week-off basis, or sometimes staff work in shifts. 

With our fully managed live-in care our Care Assistants are there for all those little moments, as they live side-by-side with your loved one in their home to provide personal care and companionship.

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Is live-in care a good idea?

Live-in care and companionship for the elderly can be a good idea for many families as a complete and holistic alternative to residential care. When elder care and support needs exceed 6 to 8 hours a day, having a Live-in Carer in the house throughout the day and the night to provide care can give reassurance and peace of mind.

Live-in care allows loved ones to remain in a familiar and comfortable home environment. It offers companionship and can reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation, provide constant supervision and assistance, and includes help with daily activities, medication management, meal preparation, and more.

Live-in care from Bright Care provides tailored one-on-one support, which can be very beneficial for those in their later years with complex medical conditions, mobility issues, or cognitive impairments, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. 

To find out more about the live-in care services we offer, please get in touch.

Do Live-in Carers buy their own food?

Whether Live-in Carers buy their own food or have their food provided for them may vary depending on the specific agreement made between the Carer and the client or the client’s family.

In some cases, the client may choose to provide food for their Live-in Carer as part of the compensation package. In other cases, the Carer may be responsible for purchasing their own food. Some clients and their Live-in Carers may choose to have a shared arrangement. It’s important for both the client and their Live-in Carer to discuss and agree upon these arrangements to avoid any misunderstandings.

To find out more about the live-in care services we offer, please get in touch.

Do Live-in Carers carry out cleaning?

Live-in Carers often provide a range of services, including cleaning as part of their responsibilities. The specific duties and expectations for Live-in Carers can vary depending on the needs and agreements between the Carer and their client.

Some common cleaning tasks that Live-in Carers may be expected to perform include:

  • Light housekeeping
  • Tidying up
  • Dusting
  • Vacuuming
  • Laundry
  • Cleaning bathrooms

Clear communication and mutual understanding between the Carer and their client is essential to ensure that everyone understands the role and responsibilities of the Live-in Carer.

To find out more about the live-in care services we offer, please get in touch.

Do live-in Carers need their own bathroom?

In many cases, live-in Carers share a bathroom with the person they are caring for. There are situations where having a separate bathroom may be more convenient, however, as not all homes have more than one bathroom, this may not be possible.

To find out more about the live-in care services Bright Care offers, please get in touch.

If you still have questions, talk to us today and we’d be glad to help.