What are the differences between daily visiting care and 24 hour live-in care

Visiting care – Your loved one doesn’t have to have visiting care every day, or even at the same time every day.

It may be that you or another family member can give them the support they need on certain days of the week, perhaps Saturdays and Sundays. It may be that their main carer can help them get up in the morning, but can’t be there for them during the daytime or in the evening. It may be that they spend a couple of days a week at a local day-centre, in which case they require little or no further assistance on those days. It may be they only require visiting care for a few weeks a year, when their main carer goes on holiday.

bulletAs specialists in visiting care, Audley Homecare can provide your loved one with whatever level of support they might need – whenever they need it – to ensure that they are able to continue living safely and independently in their own home.

Live-in care involves having someone on hand to support your loved one 24 hours a day.

In order that your loved one can enjoy 24-hour support, their support worker will need to be there for them both day and night. Whereas a visiting carer will come and go at various times of the day (normally at pre-arranged times between 7am and 9pm), a live-in carer will be present all the time (apart from when they take their statutory two hour break each day). A live-in carer will therefore move in with your loved one and will need their own bedroom to sleep in.

bulletAudley Homecare are flexible and we can provide live-in care for a long as required, from as short a period as a week. Many of our clients have chosen 24-hour, live-in care as a long-term alternative to residential care.


With visiting care the emphasis is on helping the elderly with specific tasks

Daily visiting care is the favoured option where someone just needs a hand at certain specific times of the day, for example, to help them get up in the morning, to cook them a hot meal at lunchtime, or to help them get washed, undressed and into bed at night. Whilst the support worker will always make time to engage with your loved one and converse with them about whatever they may want to talk about, the main emphasis of the care will inevitably be on accomplishing a pre-agreed list of tasks within a given timescale.

Pre-planned visits aren’t always a good thing

One obvious disadvantage of visiting care you should consider is the fact that daily care visits are pre-planned and hence there is less scope than with live-in care to be flexible and change things on a whim. For example, if a one hour call has been booked for 7am to help someone get out of bed, get washed and have breakfast, it can be difficult if the client tells their carer that they want to spend an extra hour in bed. With live-in care, on the other hand, each day can be different and if a client wants to have an extra hour in bed one morning, this doesn’t present any problems at all.

bulletIf you want to avoid your loved one being left on their own for long periods, you may wish to consider arranging live-in care for them. Live-in care will not only keep them safe in their own home, it will also provide them with human warmth and stimulation each and every day and, after a period of adjustment, genuine companionship. And because there are no time restraints with live-in care, each day can be different. This means that if they want to spend an extra hour in bed one morning, they can do so without a second thought.

With live-in care the emphasis is on providing all-round care and support

24-hour live-in care is an increasingly popular long-term alternative to residential care. It goes far beyond helping your loved one with specific tasks; it embraces companionship as well as personal care and support and, where possible, it will include help with entertaining family and friends, trips out into the local community on foot and, if a driver is requested, excursions in the car.

The major advantage of live-in care, especially from the perspective an elderly person’s close family, is the fact that, not only does their loved one receive all the care and support they need each day, but they also have enjoyable company for as many hours of the day as they want it.

bulletThe major advantage of live-in care, especially from the perspective an elderly person’s close family, is the fact that, not only does their loved one receive all the care and support they need each day, but they also have enjoyable company for as many hours of the day as they want it.

Because it is full-time, live-in care will inevitably cost more than visiting care

The basic unit of time in visiting care is the hour. Whilst care visits may be shorter or longer than an hour, visiting care is costed by the hour and measured by the week. There is a small extra charge for visits of less than an hour to take account of the need for the care provider to pay its staff for their travelling time between visits. If someone has three quarters of an hour of visiting care in the morning, half an hour at lunchtime and an hour in the evening for seven days a week, they will be receiving a total of 15.75 hours of care per week.


The basic unit of time in live-in care is a day, meaning a 24-hour period. With Audley Homecare a day of live-in care is deemed to start at 12 noon on one day and finish at 12 noon the following day. Most of our live-in care assignments are costed by the week and there is an extra charge for providing care for periods of less than a week.

bulletBecause live-in care is based on providing full-time care 7 days a week, it will inevitably involve a greater financial outlay than daily visiting care, which will normally be for a maximum of 3 hours a day (21 hours a week). On the other hand, the cost of live-in care with Audley Homecare is no more than for a good quality care home and, in many parts of the country, significantly less.


When visiting care is no longer enough….

Many people are able to maintain their independence with the help of reliable daily visiting care for several years. However, more often than not, they will gradually reach a stage where they need full-time support. At that point a decision will need to be taken regarding how best to provide care for them going forward.


Unless your loved one needs hospital care, they will be faced with a simple choice: they can either choose to have 24-hour live-in care in their own home, or they can take the momentous decision to move into residential care. If your loved one has already enjoyed the benefits of reliable and caring visiting care, the chances are they will want to remain in their own home.

bulletIf your loved one has never received any sort of outside help in the past and is just not sure whether they are comfortable with the idea of sharing their home with a live-in carer, why not suggest one of our two week trials? In most cases two weeks is just long enough for someone to decide whether live-in care would work for them


bulletVisiting Care

We are Saffron Walden’s only dedicated visiting care provider and we are proud to serve adults of all ages in the town and the surrounding villages who need regular support for a few hours a week to help them maintain their independence.

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bulletLive-in Care

Our specialist live-in care service is now available throughout Essex, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. As well as providing short-term respite and post-hospital rehabilitation care, we also offer long-term care and companionship, which for many older people is the natural alternative to residential care.

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