Cost of Live in Care

Live In Care Costs UK

When looking at home care options, price is often a major consideration. Here we outline the cost of our live-in care package, how this relates to the price of a residential care home or visiting carer, and how live-in care is providing an extra lease of life to many of our customers.

How much does a live in carer cost?

The cost of live-in care, or 24-hour care is dependent on the level of support you or your loved one requires.

  • 1,460 per week for a single person
  • 1,700 per week for a couple

This means that live-in care can be cost effective for couples, allowing them to stay in the home and the community that they know and love.

We cover the full range of home care services available, so our costs are based on your precise needs and requirements – whether it’s providing companionship, personal care, help administering medication or support with more complex healthcare requirements involved with types of dementia for example.

Please call us today to get a quote for your specific care needs. One of our advisers will give you an estimate over the phone there and then. The final price for your live-in care will be confirmed once your local care specialist has visited you in person to fully assess your needs.

We can also advise on the funding options that may be open to you, either from your local authority or through continuing healthcare funding with the NHS.

Respite care costs

If your usual carer needs a break or has let you down, we can provide a private carer on a temporary basis, sometimes called respite care.

Respite care is live-in care that is needed for a short period of time – prices start from 370 per day. This temporary support can be arranged for as little as three days, all the way up to four weeks of support.

If you need support for more than four weeks, our weekly prices for live-in care apply, which are outlined above.

Please do get in touch if you’d like to find more about respite care, and for a full quote.

Comparing live-in care with residential care home

It's difficult to compare a residential care home with the huge value of one-to-one support in your own home. While there are more people on hand in a care home, our customers who’ve tried both say that it doesn't compare with the personal assistance and continuous support of a live-in carer.

Choosing care in your own home means you can eat at your desired times, enjoy your usual activities, wake up when you want to and have family and friends close by to pop-in when they want. The other major benefit is avoiding the stress and upheaval of a big move, especially a move away from your family home or from a partner that you have lived with for many years.

Additionally, live-in care allows you to maintain your existing routines – whether you need support attending social events with friends, assistance with getting to and from the shops so that you can choose your groceries or even preserving your favourite hobbies such as visiting historical buildings or going to the local bingo hall. Your carer will be with you every step of the way and adapt around your needs, something which just wouldn't be possible in a care home.

How to arrange visiting care

Speak to our team

Call our team of experts on 01206266815 to talk through your options and any questions you may have regarding your care

A free home care assessment

Your local Smile health care manager will visit you to discuss your requirements and learn about the type of carer you’re after.

Find your perfect carer

We’ll help to match you with a carer that meets your preferences and has the right skills and experience for your needs.


  • 01206266815, 01206266816
  • info@smile-healthcare.co.uk