Care support

Information and support to help with providing care for a loved one, or for anyone in need of care themselves

Finding care for a relative

If you’re considering care for a relative, then chances are, you’ll have plenty of questions and considerations, and it can be difficult to know where to start. We hope that the articles below can offer you a helping hand. 

Care services

Whether you’re in the very early stages of consideration or you’re pretty clear on what you’re looking for – we’ve partnered with a number of select organisations that can provide the help, support and services you might be looking for.

I'm just getting started or need some advice

If you’re looking for somewhere to start, WeMa is a fully managed care concierge service that can help you find suitable care, health and wellbeing providers for you and your family. You can find out more and book a free 15 minute initial consultation call using the link below.

I'd like to discuss live-in care

We know how important it is that you find the right care for yourself or your family when you need it most. With this in mind, we’ve teamed up with live-in care providers that are dedicated to providing people with specialist support in the comfort and safety of their own homes.

I'd like to find care providers or homes

Find the right care for yourself or your family when you need it most. We’ve partnered with Autumna, the UK’s largest & most detailed directory of elderly care and retirement living options. You can get your search off to a start with a free shortlist of care options. It only takes a few minutes and you’ll get a handpicked selection that best suits your requirements.

Tips for looking after yourself as a carer

When caring for someone else, it’s natural to feel a bit lost, overwhelmed and unable to cope from time-to-time. But there are some things you can do to help.

Starting the conversation around care

Care can be a heavy topic, which can make it difficult to talk about at times – especially when you’re talking to a relative who may need care now or in the near future. For many people, discussions around care can signal the burdening of family and a loss of independence – but this doesn’t have to be the case.

Paying for care

One of the first things that people have when they’re considering care for themselves or a loved one, is whether they’ll be able to afford it. Though care is expensive, there’s plenty of help and support available.

Planning ahead

Although planning for loss can be incredibly difficult, it can save time and stress later on. Planning discussions with the person you’re caring for can also be a chance to honour any wishes they may have surrounding medical treatment, funeral care arrangements, and anything else.

Frequently asked questions about care and caring

How is care funded?

Fees for long-term care can be eye-watering, but there are a number of funding options. Your local council or the NHS may be able to help meet the cost of care. Alternatively, there are several ways to raise the money, such as selling a property, or using equity release to unlock some of the wealth tied up in your home without selling up. Downsizing, or using a pension to pay for care costs are among other options.

Find out more in our articles How to pay for long-term care and How to manage your money if you need care.

What is a care funding plan?

There are several care funding options, including a specific financial product that meets the cost of care, called an immediate needs annuity. In return for handing over some, or all of your pension savings, you’ll be paid a guaranteed income for life that will cover the cost of care. Also known as immediate care plans, these can provide peace of mind that the cost of care will be covered, either in your own home or at a care home, depending on your preference.

Find out more in our article What is an immediate needs annuity?

How much does a carer cost per week in the UK?

Care can be hugely expensive, but there’s plenty of help and support available. On average, the cost of residential care in England was £730 per week in 2021/22, with the average cost of nursing care coming in at a massive £1,038 a week, according to research by LaingBuisson. The cost varies widely across the UK, and specialist care costs, such as for people with dementia, will usually be greater. Eligibility for financial help towards this depends on your mobility and health, and the value of savings, assets and income.

Find out more in our article How to pay for long-term care.

How does the cap on care work?

The government has announced changes to prevent people from racking up care bills that they can’t afford to pay. At present, anyone in England with assets over £23,250 must pay for their care in full. It’s been estimated that around one in 10 adults aged 65 faced lifetime care costs of more than £100,000, but rising costs mean that this has now increased to one in seven. In light of this, rule changes in the next few years include a new cap, so that from October 2023, the maximum you’ll have to pay for personal care if you’re starting adult social care is £86,000 over your lifetime.

Find out more in our article What changes to social care mean for you.

Is a live-in carer cheaper than a care home?

The cost of live-in care may be cheaper than a care home, but this depends on the amount of support you need. Typically, the cost of live-in care in the UK is around £120 to £150 per day, but this varies depending on what care is needed, where you live, and your assets. If you have complex needs, live-in care may be more expensive than a residential care or nursing home. As care needs may change over time, so will the costs involved.

Find out more in our article Live-in care – what is it and what are the benefits?

Jobs and careers in care

Many people make career changes into care later in life – usually to make the most of their life experience and give back to their community. Our career change guides will show you how to get started.

Apply for a care job today

Care workers are in high demand and it is an area where life experience can be a real advantage – especially if you’ve previously cared for a friend or relative. If you’re considering a career in care, or you’re an existing carer looking for your next move, take a look at the latest care jobs near you.

Inspiring personal stories of carers

If you need a bit of a boost or you’re curious about what being a carer could be like, then you might want to read some real-life stories from our inspiring Rest Less members. 

Head over to our care community forum and join the discussion. You can also connect with other members who care for their family or friends, and explore many of the same topics related to care.

caring and care support

Get the latest ideas, advice and inspiration

No spam. Just useful and interesting stuff, straight to your inbox. Covering jobs, finance, learning, volunteering, lifestyle and more.

By providing us your email address you agree to receive emails and communications from us and acknowledge that your personal data will be used in accordance with our Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions. You can unsubscribe at any time by following the link in our emails.