Live-In Care FAQs

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General Information

Why choose home care?

Home care options such as live in care will help to offer you or your loved one the sense of independence which can so easily be lost as we grow older. Live in care allows you to stay in a familiar environment and be surrounded by home comforts, whilst also offering assistance and peace of mind. Home care can allow you to build up a stronger, one on one relationship with your carer than you may be able to build in a residential home and can offer friendship as well as care.

Can I get funding for live in care?

The current funding system means that in almost all cases, homeowners have to pay all of their fees if they go into a residential care home, because anyone with assets of more than £23,250 does not qualify for funding help. But for those staying in their own home, the value of the property is excluded from the means-testing process, so they can qualify for funding if their non-property assets are not above this threshold. If you’re unsure on whether you’d qualify for funding for your care, get in touch and we’ll be happy to discuss this with you.

How does the cost of live in care compare to the cost of residential care?

Live in care costs compare favourably to residential or nursing care homes. The cost for couples is even better value for money because with live in care you only pay one fee for the carer, whereas in a care home you would pay for two beds.

Which areas can you offer home care in?

Our office is based in Buckinghamshire, however we can offer live in care across the South East including Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. Our hourly care services are available throughout Buckinghamshire. To enquire on whether we can offer support in your area, get in touch.

Do you offer couples care?

If you and your partner want to stay in your own home together but require extra support, we can provide a carer to help couples in their own home as a cost effective alternative to paying for two beds in a residential care home.

What’s the difference between introductory and fully managed service?

At Ashridge Home Care we provide a fully managed service and this means that the client doesn’t need to worry about a thing. We take care of everything and we employ our own carers, train and supervise them. Included in the service is early risk assessment, putting together a comprehensive care plan and matching carer to client  You’ll have a care manager who will have full oversight of your care and offering 24/7 support.   This service is ideal for families who are busy with lots of other commitments.   An introductory model simply introduces a self-employed carer to you and you will pay the carer directly plus a fee to the introduction agency.

Do you have to sell the house to pay for care?

Many people seeking care for themselves or family members can easily become overwhelmed with the financing options available including those from the State. While your home is counted towards your capital assets, you don’t always have to sell your home to receive care. Read on to learn about the exceptions.

Live-In Care FAQs


What is live in care?

Live in care is an alternative to residential care which offers older people the freedom and comfort of being able to stay in their own home. It allows individuals with the extra support they may need whilst keeping their sense of independence. For more information, check our live in care services.

Is live in home care the best option for my loved one?

As our relatives get older and start to become more frail or find day to day life more challenging, we need to consider the options.  We all want the very best for our loved one and live in home care is the premium care at home service. Live in care will provide you with the reassurance that your loved one is cared for day and night.  There are care options available like supported accommodation in a retirement village or a residential care home but often being in our own home in familiar surroundings is where we are happiest.

How does live in care work?

When you opt for live in care, we’ll carefully match you with a main carer who is suited to your personal needs. Your carer will stay with you for four to six weeks at a time to assist you with daily tasks and personal care. The main benefit of live in care is that it’s adaptable and we can make it work to suit your own requirements.

How much does live in care cost?

Live in care costs are dependent on your individual needs and circumstances, however usually range from between £1,350 – £1,720 per week. We don’t charge for an assessment of your care needs, so if you’d like to chat, get in touch or check here for more information.

Is live in care suitable for my mum with advanced dementia?

In our view remaining in your own home with familiar surroundings is the best place for someone with dementia.  That’s why live in care is great as it provides one to one care to a person with dementia meaning that they get all the support and supervision they need, without the undue stress and anxiety of being in a strange environment.  However advanced the condition live in care will provide around the clock assistance ensuring the person is safe and well cared for.





Hourly Home Care FAQs

How does hourly care work?

We offer hourly care at a minimum of a two-hour visit. This allows our carer to develop a strong relationship with you or your loved one and ensure that we’re able to provide the highest level of care. We can assist you with household tasks, personal care and can offer companionship. For more information, take a look at our hourly care services.

How many hours of hourly care can you offer per week?

Our hourly care services are flexible, and visits can be organised as frequently or as little as you need. We will assess your needs and help you to work out how many hours of care you need per week. To chat with us about this, get in touch.


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Specialist Care FAQs


What specialist care do you offer?

We know that some of our clients require care for specific needs and we can offer fully trained carers to help support you or your loved one, whatever your situation. We’re qualified to offer specialist live in care for people living with Dementia or Parkinson’s, those recovering from a Stroke or in rehabilitation after an operation, as well as palliative care for those living with a terminal illness where a cure is no longer possible. Our goal is to help you or your loved one to achieve the best quality of life through our dedicated care.

What does live in care for people living with dementia include?

Caring for people with dementia requires a sensitive approach and we can help to offer daily assistance in encouraging a normal routine and alleviating any anxieties and fears. Our carers are fully trained in caring for individuals with dementia and we ensure that the necessary time is taken to get to know the person in our care and how they like things to be. Our care will allow individuals to stay comfortably in their own homes throughout the changing stages of dementia, helping individuals and their family members to cope and feel comfortable. For more information, look at our dementia care services.

Can carers stay overnight to provide respite care?

Yes, we appreciate that overnight care can really help with giving family members who may usually offer care a well deserved break. Our carer will arrive in the evening and stay overnight to ensure that your loved one is cared for, giving you the piece of mind needed to take a break.


Your Carer


What does a carer do?

A live in carer will stay in your home with you and assist you with tasks that need to be done around the home. They’re on hand to help you with housekeeping, shopping, cooking and personal care. Your carer can also offer you companionship, arrange trips to visit friends and family, co-ordinate medical appointments and fulfil many other needs which you may need to ensure your quality of life remains high.

How am I matched with a carer?

We know how important it is for clients and carers to build a positive relationship, so we have a small team of carers who will work with your loved one. Our staff are professionally trained and have a range of skill sets, which means that we can match your loved one with a carer who is right for their individual needs. We offer a full assessment of needs from one of our care managers before matching clients with the right carer for them.

What services can my carer offer me?

Your carer can offer different levels of support and care depending on your specific needs. Whether it’s just a few hours a week for companionship, a live in carer to assist you with daily household tasks or someone to help organise medical appointments and trips, the services which our carers can offer are flexible and dependent on you.



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Choosing care is a huge decision and not something that you should take lightly. Some of these conversations can be tricky and it’s our job to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.

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