Home care vs Residential Care in Romford

The cost and advantages of home care in Romford

Care home costs

According to PayingForCare, a report by healthcare specialists Laing & Buisson in 2013/14, depending on where in the UK you live, care homes can cost an average of:

  • £29,270 per year for a residential care home, or
  • £39,300 per year if nursing is required.

5 years on the costs have risen considerably more.

Remember, you might have to pay extra for things like trips out, hairdressing and some therapies – check what’s included in the care-home fees.

Home care costs

Again, costs are very different depending on where you live and whether you need support during the day or at night, on weekdays or at weekends.

  • You should allow an average of about £20 per hour – that’s nearly £15,000 per year if you have a carer for 14 hours a week.

Whilst you still have the cost of maintaining your house, but you have the advantage of being in familiar surroundings.

The advantages of Home Care:


  • Regular visits from a home care worker to help with personal care, shopping and preparing meals.
  • Other services include meals on wheels, monitored personal alarms and household equipment and adaptations to help with everyday tasks.
  • Local day centres where you can socialise and enjoy various activities, with transport available to get you there.


  • You get to stay in your own home.
  • You retain any support or social contact you enjoy with friends, family and neighbours.
  • The value of your home isn’t taken into account when calculating how much you have to pay towards your care.
  • You’ll stay close to what’s familiar to you.
  • You retain full control over the care and support you receive

If you are considering home care vs residential care and would like a FREE home care assessment please contact us today.