- What area do you cover?
- How long can I have care from you?
- What tasks will your care workers complete?
- What Am I asked to provide?
- How will I pay for Live-In Care?
- State and Local Authority funding
- Equity release Schemes
- Annuity schemes
- Direct Payments
- Information for Local Authorities and Primary Care Trusts
KentSCP's Live In Care service covers The south east of England (London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex). We maintain a strong pool of trained and qualified carers who are able to travel at short notice. Our care workers are managed from our Surrey office, and are supported by the head office in Kent.
KentSCP's Live-In Care can be provided for as long as you need. This can vary from short respite breaks of a week or less , through to permanent long-term care.
The tasks vary but for example, Live-in Care workers can support you with:
• Companionship e.g, Conversation, reading
• collecting prescriptions or posting letters,
• accompanying to appointments and social activities, eg hairdresser, day centre, visiting friends
• Paper work e.g, letter writing or filling in forms
• Domestic duties e.g, housework, laundry, cooking, shopping, Dog Walking
• Personal care e.g. Getting up, going to the toilet, bathing, washing, dressing, assisting with medication
• Palliative care e.g helping someone remain in their own home through terminal illness, by the reassurance of compassionate understanding with practical support close at hand when needed.
How are your care workers recruited?
KentSCP has a robust recruitment and selection process, which complies with all employment legislation as well as the current Care Standards Act 2000 and related statutory requirements. All our care workers receive full training and checks against the Criminal Records Bureau, the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) register and Protection of Children Act (POCA) list.
Your care worker will have their their own room, including bed and bed and linen and swtorage space for their clothes. You will also provide the groceries and cooking faciclities for regular varied meals. You are not expected to meet specific dietary requirements for the care worker.
As long as independent living can be supported, it has many advantages over going into a care home or other institution. A number of financing options and state funded schemes are available to help you to live independently in your own home.
Kent SCP is not authorised to provide investment or other financial advice. We strongly recommend you obtain independent financial advice from your own independent financial advisor or from an advisor registered with the Financial Services Authority. It is possible to find some very experienced IFAs through the UKHCA and on their website – www.ukhca.co.uk.
Examples of private care funding schemes include Equity Release and Annuity based schemes. KentSCP does not sell funding schemes,
You may be entitled to: Attendance Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, ‘Direct payments’, Disability Living Allowance, Independent Living Fund, Social Services support or NHS Continuing Healthcare. Funding is not always means tested.
Safe Homes Income Plans (SHIP), these are worth explaining because they are subject to a voluntary code of conduct and the providers are becoming more competitive. Examples include “Lifetime Mortgages” and Reversion Plans (sale of one's house), Interest-Only Mortgages, Home Income Plans (mortgage used to buy an Annuity), Roll-Up Mortgages (the lender gives you a lump sum, you pay nothing and the interest is 'rolled up' into the loan) and Shared Appreciation Mortgages. Your Independent Financial Adviser should be contacted to tell you about which companies are part of this scheme.
A one-off payment to a plan provider gives a guaranteed income for life which meets the cost of the care. Short term loans, such as a simple bank loan may be able to help whilst longer term financial arrangements are put in place of if care is only needed for a brief time.
Sometimes, if you have been assessed as needing help from Social Services, you maty be eligible to receive Direct Payments from your local council. This allows you to arrange and pay for your own care and support rather than receive care directly from Social Services.
If your council will contribute to the cost of residential care then you are entitled to use that same amount of money towards Live-in Care. Arrangements are currently being changed, but the amount of funding you receive will depend on your income and capital savings. If your capital is less than £14,000 then just your income is considered. If you have more than £23,000 in capital then you will have to pay the full cost of Live In Care.
• Capital includes: Bank or Building Society accounts, National Savings Certificates, Bonds, PEPs, Tessas, ISAs and Shares.
• Income includes: Retirement Pension, Pension Credit, Income Support, Private or Occupational pensions and any Annuities or Trust Funds.
If any of the above are jointly owned, only your share is taken into consideration. For more information on Direct Payments, contact your local Social Services department.
Kentscp cannot accept any liability for the accuracy of the information above or clients reliance on it.
Kent Social Care Professionals was established in 2006 to su0p0ply care and support workers to other Care Providers and direct to people with care needs through its domiciliary service. We are a leading supplier of agency staff and care workers in the South East We pride ourselves on the delivery of our service, ensuring that we carefully match the care worker with each client, we understand that it is a very personal experience for both people and continuity of care is also of the utmost importance.
KentSCP provides a rapid, personalised and responsive service to the public sector to provide best value solutions to problems such as hospital bed blocking, continuing health care clients who do not wish to move into residential care and the ever increasing demand for domiciliary care. struggle to provide appropriate, trained care staff in a timely fashion.
Assessments are carried out within 48 hours of a request being made, often within 24hrs
• We have consistent availability of appropriately skilled care workers willing and able to go into placement at short notice
• A rapid response team of care staff who support hospital discharge teams by providing short term live-in care enabling patients to leave hospital quicker and with the appropriate support – this service includes a care assessment carried out by a senior care worker which can help inform multi-disciplinary teams involved in the clients future care planning.
• Live In Care involving mainly night time duties or mainly day time duties, this can be short term or longer term