care at home in Wales: Care Sourcer

You can continue to live independently with care at home in Wales. The Welsh Government currently caps your personal contributions at £24,000, although funding may be available.

Care at home (also known as in-home care, home care, or domiciliary care) enables you to continue living independently while receiving support from an hourly carer. If your care needs require more attention, you may still be able to live at home while being supported by a live-in carer or an overnight care package.

The carer will be able to support with any daily living task(s) you may need assistance with, such as cooking and cleaning, or assisting with medications.

Social care is not free in Wales, but the Welsh Government caps the amount you may be charged for home care or home help services.

To find out whether you qualify, you should first arrange a care needs assessment through your local authority’s adult social care service or GP. The care needs assessment will evaluate your day-to-day support requirements, and determine whether your needs can be supported within your own home, or whether a 24/7 care home environment is required.

What care at home support is available in Wales?

Based on your individual requirements, your care at home package may include care from one or both of these categories:

  • personal care: qualified care assistants provide support with washing, dressing, dining and socialising
  • nursing care: registered nurses provide support in the same areas, as well as with specialist medical requirements

Care at home in Wales may enable you to continue living at home and receive support with:

  • Domiciliary care, including home carers and personal assistants
  • Pre-prepared meals brought to your home
  • Day care at a community provider
  • Aids, equipment or home adaptations
  • Respite care
  • Night-sitting services
  • Community transport
  • Preventative and rehabilitation services, including reablement (a temporary care package typically lasting up to six weeks)
  • Help finding sheltered or supported housing
  • Counselling
  • Support with psychological, social and cultural needs
  • Some NHS services

You should also be able to access advice and information about services, welfare benefits and luncheon clubs, free of charge.

How much does care at home cost in Wales?

Social care at home in Wales is not free, but the Welsh Government caps the amount you may be charged for home care or home help services. On a weekly basis, local authorities cannot charge you more than £90 for care.

In Wales the average price of care at home is £16.78 per hour (source: UKHCA Minimum Price for Homecare 2018).

Regardless of your financial situation, the value of your capital (including your savings and investments, but not your property) cannot drop below £24,000 while you pay for care at home. 

You should budget at least £30,000 per year for full-time care during the day, according to the Money Advice Service. Again, this will vary depending on where you live and the type of care you require, as well as when it’s required.

But what if you require 24/7 care at home? Round-the-clock care can easily exceed £150,000 per year, on average. If that’s the case, you may decide that a care home is more cost-effective.

Depending on your circumstances, you may still be able to pay less for a live-in carer. Some introductory agencies, who connect you with self-employed carers, can cost significantly less.

Summary

Does care at home in Wales include nursing care?

Based on your individual requirements, your care at home package may include care from one or both of these categories: personal care (qualified care assistants provide support with washing, dressing, dining and socialising) and nursing care (registered nurses provide support in the same areas, as well as with specialist medical requirements).

Is care at home free in Wales?

Social care at home in Wales is not free, but the Welsh Government caps the amount you may be charged for home care or home help services. On a weekly basis, local authorities cannot charge you more than £90 for care.

How much does care at home cost in Wales?

In Wales the average price of care at home is £16.78 per hour (source: UKHCA Minimum Price for Homecare 2018). This works out to £11,300 per year, based on 14 hours of care per week.

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