Cost of Live-in Care in Edinburgh

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Cost of Live-in Care in Edinburgh

In this day and age, there are different types of care available for your loved ones that provide comfort and assistance in their time of need. Among those, live-in care has proven highly beneficial, especially for those who prefer the familiarity and comfort of their own home. The cost of availing live-in care varies greatly based on the individual circumstances, the level of care required, and the location- and we are often asked questions about how much it costs, particularly in areas such as Edinburgh.

At PrimeCarers, we strive to make live-in care as affordable as possible without compromising the quality of service. All the carers on our platform are self-employed and set their own prices, thus the rates discussed here are an average based on the advertised rates in and around Edinburgh.

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Understanding Live-in Care Cost

Depending on the requirements of the individual, we have two categories of live-in care - basic live-in care and complex live-in care.

Basic Live-in Care

The average price for basic live-in care in Edinburgh, based on the advertised rates, stands at £145.95. Now, you may be wondering - what constitutes 'basic' live-in care? This type of care typically involves the carer looking after a single individual, providing general assistance such as helping with personal grooming, meal preparation, transportation, medication management and light housekeeping.

In many circumstances, the individual involved may not have extensive healthcare needs, allowing the carer to also have some downtime within the home. Essentially, basic live-in care is more about companionship and assistance with day-to-day tasks rather than intensive healthcare.

Complex Live-in Care

In contrast to basic live-in care, complex live-in care caters to individuals who require more intensive care and assistance. This could range from aid with mobility, complex medication schedules, wound care, or even the management of certain illnesses or conditions.

As expected, the cost for such extensive care is understandably higher, with an average cost of £178.80 based on advertised rates across our platform in Edinburgh.

Variable Influence on Cost

Whilst the rates listed above provides a ballpark overview, it is essential to note that the overall cost may differ due to various influencing factors such as:

Frequent Night Wakefulness

If the individual requires help frequently throughout the night, it may demand more from the carer in terms of work hours and the level of attentiveness required. This is likely to increase the cost.

Care for a Couple

When a carer is looking after a couple, it's understandable that the cost of care will scale up. This is due to the increase in workload, time commitment, and potential complexity of care required. For more clarification on this, review our guide on Can Live-in Carers Look After Couples?

Intensive Nursing Care

If your loved one requires specialised, around-the-clock care due to complex health requirements, the cost will naturally be higher. Typically, this calls for a carer with specialised skills, which leads us to:

Specialist Skills or Expertise

If critical skills or expertise are required for the safe and efficient care of your loved one, the cost of live-in care is expected to increase. This could be special training or experience in handling dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or other specific conditions.

Your Option with PrimeCarers

Overall, live-in care is a worthwhile investment in offering loved ones the comfort and support they need from the familiarity of their own homes. Understanding that every individual and their needs are unique, we aim for versatility in our services.

At PrimeCarers, since our carers set their own prices, you have the power to find a carer within your budget that also caters to you or your family member's requirements. Check out the Best Live-in Carers in Edinburgh through our platform. You won't just find professionals, but people passionate about making a difference, and that's what live-in care is all about.

For further guidance, please visit our Complete Guide to Live-In Care, and to understand more about the costs, review our Complete Guide to the Cost of Live-In Care.

Remember, care is more than just a service, but a commitment of trust, comfort, and quality of life. Through live-in care, we aim to provide that hand in hand with affordability and professionalism in Edinburgh.

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James Bowdler


I founded and manage PrimeCarers, a Platform that connects Private Clients with Private Carers near them.

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