IT might come as a surprise to learn that it could be considerably cheaper for older and more vulnerable people to remain at home and access domiciliary care, rather than go into a home.

It has been reported that those with mild care needs could save up to £17,000 a year by opting for three hours of care a day at home, and those with more complex needs potentially saving £6,500.

The average cost of care in a nursing home is currently £44,512 for those in need of extra attention, while a live-in carer would cost £38,000. Residential care home costs have risen, on average, at twice the rate of inflation over the past 20 years, and are now around £32,000 a year*.

By spending around £1,000 on suitable adaptions to their property, a lot of people in need of care could stay in their own homes and manage their daily lives with help from companies such as Bellcare.

Bellcare is based in Workington and covers Whitehaven, Workington, Maryport, Cockermouth, Wigton, Aspatria, Silloth, Keswick and Penrith, and all the surrounding areas.

People in need of additional care are aften more happy staying in familiar surroundings, and can manage very well with a little regular help.

Nothing is too much trouble for the friendly Bellcare staff, who are trained to help with a range of issues that allows them to visit service-users at home, and assist them with their day-to-day needs.

Bellcare promotes a positive team spirit, and is always happy to accept enquiries from people who might be interested in joining their dedicated and caring team.

If you have a positive and practical outlook, and think you are the sort of person who could make someone comfortable and happy staying in their own home, then talk to Bellcare.

You will be in a job where you will be well looked after and supported, and that offers true satisfaction, good rates of pay, as well as paid mileage and travel time.

If you would be interested in finding out more, please look on the website [], phone 01900 872030 to speak to a member of the team, or to arrange to visit.

*according to LaingBuisson Healthcare Intelligence

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