Government Grants for Elderly Care to be Cut

  20th September, 2019

Yet again the news headlines talk about the scandal of government grants for Elderly Care being cut, and that there is a North / South divide in how care funding is being allocated.

In the South of England around 60 % of older people receive care which is privately funded, mostly due to the steep increase in the value of the homes they own. In the north it is the opposite – more people are state funded than privately funded, so it follows that they will be very much hit by the removal of state grants for elderly care.

Whether you live in the North or the South the sad fact is, that if people who fund their own care were introduced to properly functioning and managed live-in care, they would save money in the long run and could stay safely in their own homes.

What are fees for live in care currently like?

In the south, care home fees currently hover around £1,200 per week. We would suggest that Care Quality Commission regulated companies can even fund people who are state funded in a far more cost-effective way than by placing older folk in care homes.

What we really need in the UK is to have forward thinking commissioning, supported by a robust quality control programme, this would remove the threat to the safety of our elderly population caused by unregulated companies, who often use self-employed carers, arriving in the UK the day before they start work, and who receive little or no training before being thrown into a position of trust with no support or guidance.

How can Arbour Care help?

At Arbour Companions and Care we carefully select and assign our carers during the client assessment stage. Inviting a new person into your home can require a small level of adjustment; however, our Live In Carers are trained to adapt to your timetable and lifestyle, ensuring that you remain in control and feel comfortable in your own home. We would never place a Carer into your home that you did not feel completely at ease with.

We have the utmost confidence in our Carers because we train and develop their abilities to ensure nothing but the best Live In Care service is offered, whilst also employing a qualified, professional assessor to supervise and manage their work.

We take very good care of our carers as the work they do is deserving of recognition and respect.

  • "The carers have been very good, one even using her free time to visit the husband in hospital and really going the extra mile."

    ED Westcott

  • "The  care that Jola provides is fabulous in every respect. I cannot praise her highly enough for the patience she shows with. It was a happy day when she came to us "

    RL Englefield Green

  • "As far as I am concerned, Roberta has been an absolute rock for our family. Completely unselfish in her care and invaluable."

    CB Guildford

  • "We are absolutely delighted with Karolina she is gentle and kind I love chatting to her and really enjoy her company."

    JH Cambridge

  • "Arbour provided live-in carers for my wife for six years from 2017-2023 including the pandemic. My main impression is of a very professional organisation in which owners and staff worked all the time to provide the support the client needed at as high a standard as possible. They gave equal attention to statutory requirements, care plans and staff training and never cut any corners."


  • "The support that we have had from Arbour Care has been, quite literally, lifesaving. They found an amazing carer to look after my elderly and disabled husband, who is very experienced, kind and thoughtful. She has made an enormous positive difference to the quality of our lives and I will always be grateful to her and cannot thank her enough."