The difference between home care and a care home

The benefits of home care for your loved one.

Finding care for your loved one is an important decision that requires time, research and planning. You may feel stuck choosing between home care or a care home, or you may be in a crisis and need to source care urgently, for example if your loved one has just been discharged from hospital.

At Abbots Care, we are proud to offer a CQC rated Outstanding home care service, a service often preferred over residential care. Helping our customers remain in the comfort of their own homes and retain their independence is our number one priority. Whether your loved one requires round the clock care or regular care visits throughout the day, our bespoke, one-to-one care and support packages are designed to take the stress off you, so that you can enjoy the moments that matter. To us, home is somewhere that brings familiarity, comfort and security, and we believe that everyone should have the choice to stay in the place they call home.

The Coronavirus pandemic has brought a lot of challenges to the sector, however we are proud that due to excellent infection control processes and business contingencies, our home care service has continued to operate uninterrupted, and outside of national and regional lockdowns, our customers have still been able to spend time with their loved ones, something that is so vital to their wellbeing.

Regular testing of our staff keeps the workforce and our customers safe, and we continue to closely follow the latest government guidance. If you are still deciding between home care and a care home, and would like to find out about our home care infection control measures, please email us at or call 0330 094 5511.

The benefits of home care:

Unlike a care home, our home care services provide your loved one with one-to-one person centred care in the comfort of their home, as well as help doing the things they enjoy at home such as eating their favourite meal, watching a regular TV programme, painting outdoors and plenty of other activities. Our customers receive the undivided attention of our carers throughout the duration of their visit, and we provide regular feedback on how your loved one is getting on.

We use an online app which allows family members to login and view daily notes after each home care visit, giving you peace of mind and a detailed account of each visit.  As well as delivering personal care such as toileting, bathing or moving and handling, our carers get to know your loved one, what they like and dislike, and they will ensure that each visit is tailored to your loved one’s wants and needs. If your loved one is supported by community care teams, a home carer will play a vital role in ensuring a holistic approach to their care, and can help with things like medication collection and administration, help accessing community events and accessing other avenues of support.

Leaving the home can be particularly distressing from some people, even more so when this means they have to say goodbye to friends, neighbours and support groups such as day centres. Our home carers are here to ensure our customers can still access these lifelines which are essential in retaining independence and promoting their wellbeing. If you have been considering a care home because your loved one requires continuous care and support, live-in care is a great alternative.

A live-in carer provides one-to-one, round the clock practical and emotional care. They are highly trained in the field of home care and our live-in carers here at Abbots come with years of experience supporting people in their homes. They help with maintaining a clean and safe living environment, making sure things are done the way your loved one likes. Whether it be cooking their favourite food, or watching their favourite films, our carers provide a kind, caring, and supportive environment for your loved one.

A live-in carer will also help your loved one access the community and important support resources, including medical appointments, attending social activities, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Visit our Live-In Care page to find out more.

Why choose Abbots Care Ltd?

Founded in 1995 by mum and daughter Steph and Camille, we are a thriving family-run home care organisation led by a team of Directors who themselves have worked on the frontline of care.  25 years on, our person-centred values are still deeply rooted in everything we do, and our home carers are trained to the highest industry standards. With us you can rest assured that your loved one will receive the same level of care that we would provide for our own loved ones, and no job is too big or too small for our carers.

All our home care packages are bespoke and tailored to fit around the needs of you or your loved one, and if it is your choice, we can include your family in the planning of care. Our services are rated CQC Outstanding and in 2020 we were awarded the Top 20 Home Care Providers in the UK. To find out how our home care service helps our current customers, please visit out testimonials page.

The cost of home care vs a care home:

Home care is often considered a cost-effective solution and cheaper compared to a residential care home. The cost of your care will depend on where you live in the country, the complexity of your healthcare requirements, and whether you need care during the day or overnight. Home care is also a cheaper option if you require care for yourself and a spouse.

You may be entitled to funded care, or direct payments which put you in full control over which home care provider you choose. If you are funding your care privately, we are always happy to work with new customers to find an affordable care package that best supports your needs. Visit our dedicated funding page with everything you need to know about home care funding.

If you would like to find out more about how our home care services can help you or a loved one, please contact us:

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“The Care staff that are supporting my Mum through her Care Needs are extremely lovely and Supportive. Our Mum has cancer and she is receiving the most excellent and caring support from all Staff. We would just like to say a Huge thank you as we know that there is more difficult times ahead for us as a family. ”

Cancer CareChild of Service User, Buckinghamshire Branch

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