Live in care vs care home

When it comes to choosing care, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. A care package should be as individual as the person involved. Everyone deserves to be supported in a way that suits them when it comes to elderly care. At Patricia Whites, we can go through the advantages and challenges of all your care options, so you end up making the most informed decision.

One of the first questions to ask is do you want live in care or do you think that a care home is your best option? People often think the latter because they do not realise the range of support that is available at home. Let’s look at some of the major considerations that people take into account when considering care.


Live in care costs are surprisingly affordable when compared to care homes. There is also the added bonus that there is some flexibility in the package. When someone is a resident in a care home, they have round-the-clock costs whereas live in care packages can be tailored to just cover the times when support is needed. Funding is potentially available for both live in and care home options.


For many people, staying in their own home is the best option for their physical and mental well being. A familiar environment and proximity to friends, family, neighbours and routine activities can make a big difference to how someone feels about their life. Some conditions, like dementia and Alzheimer’s, respond well to the continuity that a live in care service can provide.


Everyone has preferences and there is no reason why people shouldn’t be able to have things the way they like it when they get older. In a care home environment, there are logistical reasons why everyone might need to eat the same thing at the same time, for example, but this kind of restriction does not exist when it comes to home care. Carers from homecare agencies get to know their clients’ preferences and make it their job to accommodate them.

We can help

At Patricia Whites, we are here to help you find the right option for you. Taking into account the factors mentioned here plus lots of other important details that we can guide you through, you can begin to craft a customised package. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

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