Live-in care: What you need to know

Live-in care is a specialised form of care giving, where a dedicated caregiver resides with you in your home, providing round-the-clock support tailored to your specific needs. This arrangement is designed to help you maintain your independence and quality of life, all within the comfort of your own environment. A live-in carer typically requires their own private bedroom, providing them with a space for rest, relaxation and personal privacy when they are off-duty. Live-in care can be provided by carers or registered nurses.



Key features of live-in care:

  1. Personalised Support: A live-in carer offers one-on-one care that is tailored to your individual requirements. This can include assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, dressing, meal preparation, medication management and mobility support.
  2. Companionship: Beyond practical assistance, live-in carers are companions who engage in meaningful conversations, provide emotional support and partake in activities that you enjoy.
  3. Home Comfort: You can remain in the familiarity and comfort of your own home. which often leads to a higher sense of well-being and contentment.
  4. Meal Preparation: This is a significant aspect of live-in care. The carer will assist with menu planning, grocery shopping, and cooking, ensuring that dietary needs and preferences are met.
  5. Bonding Opportunities: Shared meals and activities provide wonderful opportunities to build a strong and trusting relationship between you and your live-in carer.
  6. Flexibility: The care plan can be adapted as your needs change over time. This ensures that you receive the right level of support at every stage of your journey.


Financial considerations:

With live-in care, the client is usually responsible for providing food for the carer. Typically, this can be integrated into the regular grocery shopping, meaning that a meal for one becomes a meal for two. However, in cases where either you or your carer has special dietary requirements, a food allowance (suggested minimum £50 per week) may be agreed upon to help facilitate this.


Getting started for live-in care with Draycott:

We offer a clear, person-centred process for clients requiring live-in care.

  1. Initial Assessment: Draycott conducts an initial nurse assessment to understand your specific needs, preferences and any medical conditions that require attention.
  2. Matching Process: Based on the assessment, a suitable live-in carer with the right skills, experience and personality traits will be selected.
  3. Care Plan Development: A personalised care plan will be established, outlining the services to be provided and the schedule that suits you best.
  4. Continuous Communication: Regular check-ins with both you and the carer will be scheduled to monitor progress and address any concerns.
  5. Flexibility and Adaptability: The care plan can be adjusted as needed to accommodate changes in your health, preferences, or circumstances.
  6. Fully Managed Service: All care packages include a fully managed service with exceptionally trained carers and nurses.
  7. Care Co-ordinator: A dedicated care co-ordinator is provided to support and manage care packages.
  8. Emergency Support: All care packages with Draycott Nursing and Care come with 24/7 emergency support.


Live-in care offers a holistic and person-centred approach to caregiving, promoting independence, well-being, and a high quality of life.
If you have any specific questions or would like further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

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