Live in care lifestyle companions

There are often misconceptions about what is live in care and how this differs from other care services.  It is important that you have a good understanding so you can make a balanced and informed decision for a loved one.


One to One Care & Companionship

Our live in care services are fundamentally different from residential or nursing homes.  Your loved one receives one to one care and companionship in their own home and this cannot be replicated in any other care environment.  In addition, the health benefits your loved one receives from having someone to talk and share life with is unrivalled – refer to Companionship vs Loneliness for further information.

Even visiting care within the home can often be task and time oriented so this can result in a rigid care service.  Your loved ones need the flexibility within their routines and changing health needs to live a healthy life at home.  Our Lifestyle Companions provide this one to one care with attention to detail and dignity.  Therefore your loved ones receive the best possible care through companionship & friendship.


Care Fees

Our live in care services are unique to your loved ones needs so the actual costs will be determined by the level of care they require.  The initial cost will be approx. £900-£995 per week for a full live in care service.  These costs cover the Lifestyle Companions salary and the agency introductory fee.  


Once our Lifestyle Companion completes 12 weeks of live in care, the weekly costs will reduce to around £700.  These ongoing care costs are highly competitive in the industry in respect of the quality of care and staffing.


Unique Care Services

McDonald Homecare provides that helping hand to set up the care service that is unique to your loved ones lifestyle.   Our introductory care service minimises the administrative procedures so your loved one is the centre of attention  McDonald Homecare introductory services can include:


Someone in the home to talk with, prepare meals together and share life with;

Personal & Specialised

Day to day care and management of the home. Support with complex health conditions which can affect your loved ones safety and wellbeing;

Respite & Rehabilitation

Reliable support for a specific amount of time to ensure your loved ones safety, recovery & independence;

Couples & Pets

Supporting couples to stay living together in their own home and with their beloved pets.

Live in care provides the Client with:

  • freedom of lifestyle and health choices;
  • safety and reassurance;
  • companionship and friendship;
  • help through the day and peace of mind at night;
  • support with social activities, outings and health appointments;
  • emotional and physical respite for family and friends who may have become the main carers;
  • support daily routines, preparation of meals, ensuring medication is taken, carrying out light household duties so life continues as normal.
  • Wonderful support they provided to my wife’s mother. The live in care team provided such a high standard of care to my wife’s mother who was living with severe Dementia so she could stay living in her own home.  No matter how challenging the situation, Leigh was able to source the right calibre of staff who built up such caring relationships which provided my wife and I such peace of mind that she was safe.  My wife’s mother was able to pass away in the comfort and safety of her own home and this would not have been possible without their support. 

    S & J Prior - Hampshire

  • McDonald Homecare provided a Live in carer after my knee surgery. The Lifestyle Companion stayed 4 weeks, during which time I was overwhelmed with her nursing knowledge and attention to detail. She was meticulous with my pain relief medication and supported with various exercises throughout the day which made an enormous difference in my speedy recovery. It was most reassuring that someone was always there during critical times of my recovery, both day and night for reassurance.

    Ron- Pulborough

  • We want to pass on our thanks to McDonald Homecare for providing a Lifestyle Companion to our father after his operation.  The agency was professional throughout and was able to find a suitable carer in such a short space of time.

    It has been remarkable the way our father has recovered and this would not have been possible if he could not return home and have someone with him to provide rehabilitation support and encouragement.

    M & H Tagliarini - West Sussex

If you or a loved one are looking into care options and
would like to talk further about the benefits of live in care 

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