Thank you for your detailed email – the information is most useful and I am delighted to help find the best solution to your husband’s mother’s care needs. Based on the information I have, and not having met Audrey, the options open to her are
Option Guide cost
Continue with the 4 x daily care calls £13.75 per hour
Add waking night staff eg 22:00-08:00 £16.75 per hour
Live-in carer est £800- £1,100 per week (subject to assessment of needs)
You will obviously know better than I the level of care Audrey will need, and whether she does indeed need staff available throughout the night. It is probable that Audrey will settle more over time with regular, familiar staff in place. It is beneficial with any type of dementia to have familiar surroundings, personal items and people – including professional carers. Please do bear in mind also that, should the decision be made to have a combination of day and/or waking night staff, it would be extremely unlikely the same carers would then take on a live-in care role. This is for no other reason than the fact that the personal circumstances of eg a night-time carer are so very different than those of someone who is happy to be away from home for weeks at a time.
Dementia is my specialism, (I deliver Information sessions on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society) and I would greatly recommend you look at the following website http://www.contenteddementiatrust.org/
– it is entirely possible to live well with dementia.
If you would like a copy of the ‘Eligibility Criteria’ for funding for both the person requiring care (client) and any unpaid carers drop me an email to askJill@csdoctors.com
and I will send it through. Once it is determined a client is eligible for funding, their own savings are taken into consideration of course – so it may be that a person is ‘eligible’ but not receive any local authority funding due to monies they have available to them. Should you need any further guidance on funding, please look at our ‘Funding’ page.
Please also feel free to give the Hospital Social Worker my contact details. All positive wishes for Audrey’s settling into her new way of life – whichever option is decided is for the best!
Best wishes Jill