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Cost of Hospice Care

How much does Hospice Care at home Cost?

When you’re living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, you may have the option to go into a hospice when it becomes clear that you’re approaching the end of your life. For people who would rather be in their own home as the end approaches and pass away surrounded by familiar people, pets and personal effects there is the option of Hospice at home – palliative and end-of-life care delivered by compassionate and experienced carers.

At Helping Hands we’ve been caring for people as they approach the end of their life since we were founded in 1989, so it’s clear to see why at such an emotional moment, people trust us to be there. Our private carers will support you with every aspect of your care journey including managing symptoms, pain relief, reducing stress and emotionally supporting your loved ones to ensure that you get a well-rounded, holistic care experience at the end of your life.

Hospice care at home can include several different types, including:

Costs can vary widely depending on your care needs and the complexity of your condition; however, the figures below will give you an idea of our palliative care costs.

Weekly Cost

Our prices for live-in care start from:

  • £1,460 per week for a single person
  • £1,700 per week for a couple

Our prices for visiting care start from:

  • £22.29 per hour for one-to-one personal home care
  • Flexible costs for visits lasting 30, 45 or 60 minutes
  • Prices depend on your location and specific care needs, with differences for overnight care and support provided during weekends and bank holidays
  • Call-out fee of £3.50 per visit to cover travel costs

Daily Cost

Respite care can be arranged on a live-in daily basis if you need support while your family member takes a break, or if you need live-in care for just a week or two as you approach the end of your life. We will create a bespoke support plan and quotation for you, however as a rough idea the cost of a minimum two-week package of live-in care would start from £370 per day. This would see a dedicated live-in carer reside in your home with you, plus the services of a local manager to coordinate your support and handle any queries you may have.


Paying for Hospice Care

The majority of our families pay privately for their care, however there may be care funding available from your local authority, if you meet certain criteria. We will work with the funding body in question to ensure that you receive the care you need in a timely manner and spend the last of your days comfortably in the home you love. We’ll do our best to keep things as straightforward as possible for you at all times, as we understand how stressful and emotional a time this is, for both you and your loved ones.

We pride ourselves on keeping our prices simple, upfront and transparent, with no hidden fees or unexpected ‘extras’, and because we’re not a care agency and never have been, you get the very best service from a private homecare company who have more than three decades of experience delivering the finest care standards in our customers’ homes. We can also accept direct payments, so if you’re receiving funding through social services and have opted for direct payments, we’re able to accept top-ups. Our friendly customer care team will be able to guide you through the process of funding your care and answer any questions you may have, so call them today to discover more.


Possible Funding Options

Before paying for your care, it makes sense to talk through your options with an independent expert so you can be sure that you’re receiving all the benefits and payments that may be eligible for you. We also have a page of Frequently Asked Questions about paying for your care which may also be helpful, as well as information about benefits.

People are often worried about the possibility of having to sell their home to pay for necessary care, and while there are savings and asset thresholds, it’s important to remember that for care within your own home your property’s value is not taken into account.

Ask your local council for a Financial Assessment to see if you qualify for help towards your care costs, and it is also sensible to speak to an independent financial advisor who has care fee planning knowledge and experience too.


Planning for Hospice Care

If you’re living with a life-limiting condition and you’re sure you want to be at home when the time comes for your palliative and end-of-life care, it’s never too early to begin putting things in place. Make sure your loved ones are aware of your wishes as you may not be able to communicate what you want to happen when the time comes. You may need to talk to your solicitor about putting something in writing to be sure that your wishes are respected when it comes to how you’d like to end your days.

There are also the practical considerations, such as making you comfortable in a downstairs room so that your mobility is not impeded, and you can see out of the windows into a beloved garden or over a favourite view. It’s not just about you during the difficult time of your end-of-life- care, as our amazing carers will support your loved ones with the emotional aspects of your illness too, offering a listening ear, someone to hold your hand or just put the kettle on. All of these aspects can be discussed with our customer care team or your local branch care team, so please don’t hesitate to call us today.


Arrange Hospice Care Today

Call our friendly customer care advisors to discover more information about care planning and the associated costs. They’re available seven days a week, or you can contact us via our website and request a call back here. We’ll be happy to get in touch at a time convenient to you.

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