How much does Cancer Care Cost?
When you’re faced with a diagnosis of cancer it can be an extremely emotional and unsettling time for both you and your loved ones, so if the question of care arises you need to know that your options will be straightforward and transparent at all times. Because Helping Hands have been supporting people who are living with cancer for over 30 years, we really understand how a potentially life-limiting condition can impact on a person’s life. Therefore, our carers are compassionate, supportive and dedicated to helping you live as well as possible, for as long as possible.
To ensure that we can offer you a flexible care package, we can provide care at home on both a visiting and live-in basis. We are also experts in offering palliative and end-of-life care as well as respite care, if your family members or professional carers need to take a break.
Our carers will come to you from just 30 minutes per week, up to around the clock live-in care so that your needs are expertly met, and you’re always kept at the centre of your care journey. Our carers can do so much to help you remain as independent as possible at home, including personal care, medication support, mobility help, housework, meal preparation, supporting you to access the community and much more.
Our visiting and live-in care services offer excellent value for money, as you’ll have a package of care designed around your needs and will therefore be paying for a service that suits you perfectly. The costs below can be used to give you a rough idea of what you may pay.
Visiting care outline costs
Prices start from £22.29 per hour for one-to-one home care
Flexible costs for visits lasting 30, 45 or 60 minutes
Prices depend on your location and complexity of your care needs
Overnight care available as well as support provided during weekends and bank holidays
Call-out fee of £3.50 per visit to cover travel costs
Free home visit from your local care specialist to assess your needs (for care lasting more than a month) and ongoing support
Live-in care costs
From £1,325 per week for a single person
From £1,625 per week for a couple
Our costs are based on your precise needs – this can include support with more complex healthcare requirements.
Paying for Cancer Care
There are different options for paying for cancer care at home, whether it is funded for you, or you intend to pay for it yourself. To discover what your options are and the likelihood of receiving funding, the first thing you should consider is asking for a Financial Assessment from your local authority. Our team of expert customer care advisors will be able to help you work out what you’re entitled to, and we also have lots of helpful advice on our website, including a FAQ section covering care funding.
Possible Funding Options
Knowing how you’ll pay for your care when the time comes and having all of the steps in place will remove one source of worry for both you and your loved ones. You may be planning to pay for your care yourself, perhaps the family are helping out or you may be entitled to local authority funding, but regardless of the details it’s important to have it all finalised so that you can just concentrate on living your best quality of life at home. It’s sensible to talk through your options with someone independent who is an expert in care funding, so you can be sure you’re receiving all the financial help you may be entitled to, and they will be able to tell you what asset thresholds exist, if any, in your particular circumstances.
Planning for Cancer Care
No-one ever wants to think they’re going to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, however if the worst does happen it is sensible to plan for the future and the possibility of requiring care at some point. Not everyone who is diagnosed with cancer will require care of course, but as your cancer journey progresses it will become clearer what you may need to plan for, such as a hospital stay for instance. This could then influence whether you’ll want some care in place for when you’re discharged, or whether it’s something you’d appreciate from time to time to give your loved ones a break, such as respite care.
Arrange Cancer Care Today
By chatting to our friendly customer care team, you can have your mind put at rest about any care questions you and your loved ones may have. They are available to talk to you seven days a week, meaning there’s always someone around if you need some helpful advice. Outside of these hours you can find a wealth of information on our website and even request a call back if you’d like one, for a time that suits you.