Live-in care vs care homes: which is best?

When it comes to deciding on live-in care versus a care home, it can be difficult to know what the best option is for you or your loved one.



To help you make sense of these two round-the-clock care options, we’ve put together our list of the various pros and cons for both live-in care and care homes.


Care homes


Care homes offer a secure environment for you or your loved one to live in when the time comes that round-the-clock support is required. However, each home is different and you need to make sure that you do your homework as to what level of care they provide and what resources residents have access to.


The range of amenities in homes vary greatly, some have beautiful grounds, extensive event schedules and others boast hair salons and cinema rooms. The variety is almost endless, but be sure to check what is available at the home you may be considering, as many contain none of the above!


Positives of care homes

  • 24/7 care

  • 3 meals per day

  • Potential companionship with other residents

  • Assistance with medication and personal care

  • Housekeeping services

Negatives of care homes

  • Expensive

  • Required to move home

  • Difficult to reverse if you or your loved one is unhappy

  • Restricted independence

  • Negative perceptions

  • Can be lonely

  • Lack of privacy

  • Variations in levels of care

  • Small living space

  • Little control over who cares for you and who you live with

Live-in care


With 97% of us reported as not wanting to go into a care home, more and more are turning to a live-in care service, which offers one-to-one, 24/7 care, support and companionship. Someone is always on hand when you need them, whether that’s for household duties or personal hygiene.


Live-in carers are qualified professionals who are regularly trained to support low to mid-level needs.

The overwhelming benefit of live-in care is that you get to remain in the comfort and familiarity of your own home; something most of us seem to value above all else.


Positives of live-in care

  • 24/7 support

  • Remain in the comfort of your own home

  • Couples can remain together

  • Get assistance with managing household bills

  • Cost-effective

  • Maintain continued independence

  • As much companionship and support as you want

  • Visit friends and family whenever you want

  • Housekeeping services

  • You can keep your pets in your home

  • Maintain independence

  • Can be assisted to places of interest

  • Less likely to contract a bug or virus

Negatives of live-in care

  • Not suitable for high-level needs

  • Finding the right carer for you might take time

  • May need to modify your home

  • You require a spare room for the carer

Next steps


Whilst it’s certainly not an easy experience, choosing care for you or a loved one doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated.


Everycare Hants offer a free, no-obligation care consultation. We take the time to understand you or your loved one’s individual care requirements and advise on which care option suits best.


To arrange your consultation, give us a call on 01962 842548. We’d be happy to offer help any way we can.

Our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have. Call 01962 842548 today.