Live-in care for couples is a practical and cost-effective alternative to moving into a care home or residential setting. It allows one or both partners living together to receive the dedicated care and support they need to continue enjoying daily life together.

When one partner in a couple needs ongoing care and support, it can be difficult to know the way forward. Few care homes have double rooms where couples can stay together. You may even find that you are living in two different areas of the home depending on your care needs. This very real possibility of being separated can be heart-wrenching to couples and their families.

Live-in care is a practical alternative that allows couples to remain in their much-loved home to receive the care they need. An expertly matched carer will move into your home and provide support with the day-to-day tasks of living, so you can continue to enjoy your independence and preferred lifestyle. Live-in care means you can stay together as a loving couple with one inclusive weekly fee covering the cost of live-in care.


At Oxford Aunts, we have provided live-in care for couples throughout Oxfordshire and beyond for over 50 years. Our dedicated care has enabled people to stay safely and happily at home with all the support they need; not just as individuals, but as a couple.

It can be a worrying time when one or both of you is unable to cope with looking after each other. It may be that your family lives too far away to provide the support, comfort and reassurance you both need. We know this can be concerning for everyone.

With live-in care for couples provided by Oxford Aunts, you can stay at home together with high-quality care provided by an experienced and dedicated carer. Your carer will be expertly trained to meet your individual needs and help you live a good life together, just as you always have.


Staying together as a couple

Most couples simply want to stay together and not have to endure a move from a much-loved home into a residential care home. One of you may be living with a complex condition, like dementia and the other may only have mobility and frailty concerns. In most homes, this means one of you on one floor, and the other on another floor. This may result in much of your day being spent apart. Double bedrooms for couples are not commonplace in care homes.

Care homes are expensive for couples

If you have two bedrooms in a care home, there are two charges for the rooms. This is on top of the cost of the care package for each of you. With home care for couples, there is one inclusive fee for the carer who lives with you and a small nominal charge to provide care to both of you. It really is a cost-effective alternative for couples.

Care focused on you both, as and when you need it

One-to-one care just cannot be provided in any care home setting. One carer will likely be looking after 4-6 other residents and will be unable to focus solely on you. While a visiting home carer can provide one-to-one care, the time they are afforded when they visit does not allow for the level of care you will receive with live-in care. A live-in carer will be flexible to your needs and wishes, promoting independence, dignity and choice.


We have over 50 years of experience in matching our clients with the most suitable carer. We will ensure that your carer and your couples care package meets not just your care needs, but also your lifestyle preferences. We know from experience this makes life more enjoyable for you both. A dedicated, well-matched carer who is focused on helping you both live a great life together is difficult to achieve in a care home.


An Oxford Aunts’ experienced and dedicated carer will provide a range of live-in care services to you both in the comfort of your home including:

  • Compassionate companionship
  • Trained carers accurately manage medications
  • Sensitive personal care
  • Safe movement in and around your home
  • Food planned and cooked as you wish
  • Keeping you connected to your community
  • Socialisation is key to health and happiness
  • Domestic and household services
  • Pet care


  • A comprehensive assessment of both of your needs – our assessment will address not just your care needs but how you wish to live your life, as individuals and as a couple.
  • Careful matching of an experienced and dedicated carer who will meet all your needs
  • A highly tailored care plan created using a multidisciplinary approach in consultation with other health care professionals and community organisations involved in your care, and where appropriate your family members or loved ones.
  • Unrivalled support from a team of two care management experts local to you
  • Domestic and household tasks
  • Cooking, meal planning, shopping and preparation
  • 24-hours a day out-of-hours emergency support should you need it


When you and your family have decided that live-in care is the best choice for you, the next step is to research the type of provider you could use to deliver the service.

There are fundamental differences between an introduction agency and a live-in care provider like Oxford Aunts who offer a fully managed and regulated service. Our fully managed service means we hire, manage and pay your care team, removing this burden from your family.

We are proud to be rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in all five measures – safe, caring, effective, responsive and well led. We know this provides families with peace and mind that their loved one is receiving the best possible care.

Find out more about choosing a live-in care provider.


Live-in couple’s care is a practical and cost-effective solution that allows couples to remain living independently in their own home whilst receiving the dedicated care and support they need to enjoy daily life.

The weekly cost of live-in care can vary significantly depending on many factors including the type of live-in care provider you choose, the needs of the person receiving care, and whether the person has any complex conditions that require specialist care.

When comparing live-in care costs, it is worth noting that the cost of live-in care is comparable to the cost of a good quality care home. This is particularly true for couples that will need to pay for two packages of care in a care home, whereas with live-in care you only pay one inclusive fee for the carer who lives with you and a small nominal charge to provide care to both of you.

At Oxford Aunts our expert Care Assessor will determine the weekly cost of care by conducting a thorough assessment of your needs. Our approach is holistic and considers not just your health needs, but how you wish to live your life. Following the assessment, we will confirm the weekly fee for the most suitable live-in care package. It is an inclusive price for the care we provide, with no hidden extras meaning you can understand the total cost of care over a longer period, enabling you to plan financially.

Find out how here how to arrange an assessment.

The care we provide is flexible and can be adapted to match your changing care needs with minimal disruption.


Call our friendly and approachable team today to see how we can help you and your family.

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