Cost of Overnight Care

Reassuring Overnight Care in your home.

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About Overnight Care costs

If your loved one needs Elderly Care, it can be especially important to receive necessary support during the night time too. Overnight Care bridges this gap, providing as much or as little night time support as needed to provide reassurance and peace of mind.

The cost of Overnight Care can be a deciding factor in the process of choosing a Home Care provider or choosing other types of care, such as residential care facilities and care homes.

Overnight Care is often a cost effective alternative to living in a care home, whilst providing a mix of independence and reassurance. Everyone’s needs are different and the costs of Overnight Care will vary depending on the level of support required. There is also a difference between the cost of Sleeping Nights and Waking Nights services.

Read our guide to learn about the cost of night time Carers and explore their essential roles. Whether you’re considering Waking Nights Care or Sleeping Nights Care, we’ve got you covered.

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What is Overnight Care?

Our Overnight Care services involve a Night Carer – or Carers depending on the complexity of care needed – staying in your home to provide support during the night and into the morning. For many elderly people or those with complex heath needs it’s an additional service to daytime care visits.

Understandably, care could be needed at any time of the day or night. Typically, Overnight Care spans the period from around 9:00pm to 9:00am. Overnight Care is designed to provide this essential assistance, with trained care professionals on hand.

There are two kinds of Overnight Care available. The type of care you choose will vary according to your loved ones individual needs:

Waking Nights Care

Night Carers remain on duty for around eight hours during the night. They stay awake and assist with whatever care needs arise during this time, from helping with using the bathroom to administering prescribed medication or turning in bed.

Sleeping Overnight Care

Overnight Carers sleep in your home for around eight hours, remaining close at hand if support is needed. Even their presence can provide simple reassurance for many people that additional help is nearby if it’s required.

There are also two ways of receiving Overnight Care:

Visiting Care

A Night Carer visits your home for an agreed period of time. They can either stay awake or sleep in the home of your loved on, but will leave in the morning or another Carer will visit to take over their duties.

Live-in Care

Live-in Home Care involves a Carer moving into your home to provide round the clock care. A Waking Nights or Sleeping Nights service can be provided alongside Live-in Care, depending on your loved one’s specific needs.

How much does Overnight Care cost?

Overnight Care can form part of a care plan that provides 24 Hour Home Care, or it can be provided by itself to offer extra help and reassurance during the night.

With care provided in the comfort of your loved one’s own home, they can stay close to family members, friends and neighbours. Overnight Care therefore enables you to enjoy independence along with companionship and minimal disruption to daily routines.

Our Overnight Home Care hourly rate varies according to specific needs and where your loved one lives. In general, the cost of Night Care for elderly people in the UK is comparable to the cost of Care at Home. You can also expect that choosing a Waking Nights service will cost slightly more than Sleeping Nights, because a higher level of support is provided and the Carer is required to stay awake during unsociable hours.

When you enquire about Overnight Care, we’ll meet with you and your loved one for a free home visit and discuss the best option for you. Either way, you can rest assured your loved one will receive quality care with constant supervision.

Various factors influence the cost of Night Time Carers. These include:

Level of care

The more intensive the care needed, the more it will cost. If more Home Care is required, your loved one may find Live-in Care a more affordable option.


Prices may vary based on where you live across the South of England.


Fees will differ depending on whether you choose an agency, independent caregiver, or a regulated Home Care company. Alina Homecare is a Home Care company, which means our daily rates include extra features such as central support, a care monitoring app., extensively vetted and trained Carers, and the reassurance that care received is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Private carers do not have to be regulated in the same way, and an introductory Home Care agency may not have provided the same rigorous vetting or staff training that a Home Care company, like Alina Homecare, does.

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What do Night Time Carers do? Do Overnight Caregivers sleep?

Night Time Carers play a crucial role in supporting the elderly and those with chronic conditions with the activities of daily living during the quieter, more vulnerable hours. This can include all sorts of responsibilities, which are always itemised in personalised care plans:

Managing sundowning issues

Sundowning is the increased agitation and confusion that can occur during late afternoon and evening. It’s particularly common in older adults and people with dementia, and can cause confusion after British Summer Time clock changes. Night Time Carers are trained to handle sundowning, to calm the care recipient and provide structured routines that ease anxiety or paranoia.

Assistance with bedtime routine

Night Time Carers help prepare your loved one for bed, assisting with usual routines and making sure they’re comfortable. This includes tasks like changing into nightclothes, ensuring a peaceful bedroom environment to help induce sleep and administering any necessary medications. Companionship during this transition is also part of their role for peace of mind.

Assistance with Personal Care & using the bathroom

Carers assist with essential Personal Care tasks, such as bathing and dressing for bedtime. Home Care services offer support to maintain hygiene, improve comfort and preserve dignity. Throughout the night, Carers can help with using the bathroom and mobility. This includes helping with getting in and out of bed and adjusting positions to prevent discomfort or bedsores.

Morning routine and breakfast

As well as providing assistance overnight, Night Carers can also help your loved one with their morning routine. At the end of Carers’ typical 12-hour shifts, they can assist with waking up, getting dressed, Personal Care, administering medications and preparing breakfast. Starting the day well can have a positive impact on your loved one both physically and mentally.

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Why pay for Overnight Care?

There are lots of different reasons to choose Overnight Care as your Home Care service. An Overnight Caregiver can support your loved one with physical needs, both regular and complex, as well as providing Companion Care. It can also be provided as a type of Respite Care to enable family caregivers to have a regular break.

Some of our clients who receive Overnight Care chose the service to help with the following needs:

Recovering from surgery

After Hospital Care can include Overnight Care, especially if an operation or illness has increased frailty or vulnerability to falling. In these instances, 24 Hour Home Care can be particularly helpful for peace of mind and prevent elderly people falling.


If your loved one struggles with incontinence, Overnight Care ensures trained help is on hand to assist with using the bathroom. Our professional caregivers can also help with maintaining personal hygiene and changing a stoma or catheter.

Sleep issues

Overnight Care Workers can provide a calming, reassuring presence if your loved one has a condition that means they regularly wake through the night and struggle with restlessness. This could be due to a dementia diagnosis, anxiety, elderly paranoia or many other conditions.

Mobility Care needs

If your loved one struggles with mobility due to frailty or chronic conditions like acquired brain or spinal injury, Overnight Care can support with regular daily activities such as turning in bed or using the bathroom.

Why choose a Waking Nights service?

If support is needed more than twice a night

If your loved one needs frequent support more during the night, a Waking Nights service can provide necessary reassurance with hours of care at your disposal.

To support complex care needs

Waking Nights are a popular choice for people with more complex needs. If your loved one is recovering from surgery or a hospital stay or needs Palliative Care, Waking Nights may be the best care option to give reassurance and extra peace of mind. Home Care providers like Alina Homecare can even provide two Overnight Carers for a waking night if your loved one has specific complex needs.

If your loved one has dementia

If your loved one has dementia, they may become confused during the night and unsure of what time of day it is. Our Overnight Care Workers provide a calming reassurance by staying awake for an agreed number of hours, which can also reduce sleep walking or elderly paranoia.

If you’re a primary caregiver

Primary family caregivers often feel concerned about leaving their loved ones alone at night, but providing 24-hour care can feel overwhelming and, at times, impossible. Having a professional Overnight Carer to bridge the gap between evening and morning can provide reassurance with round the clock Home Care.

Why choose a Sleeping Nights service?

If only occasional support is needed

Sleeping Nights are slightly different than Waking Nights as the Carer will sleep in your loved one’s home in a private room. Of course, they’re always ready to help if needed at any time of the night. This is ideal if your loved one only needs occasional support, and perhaps needs assistance using the bathroom, or with other conditions that could cause discomfort while sleeping.

For peace of mind during night time hours

Sleeping Nights may be sufficient if your loved one doesn’t need physical care. For instance, a Sleeping Nights service could provide reassurance if your loved one becomes anxious during the night or worries when they wake up alone. The average cost of Sleeping Nights is also less than Waking Nights.

Why choose Alina Homecare?

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Our Overnight Care Teams have many years’ experience. We understand the challenges of choosing the right Home Care company, and we’re ready to help you. Our entire service is designed to be simple and stress free. Talk to use to understand more about the cost of in-home care today.

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Excellent Training

Unlike private caregivers, our Overnight Carers are all carefully selected with comprehensive background checks and receive training through our exclusive Alina Homecare Academy. We don’t use an agency or freelance staff to maintain our quality reputation.

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Quality Care

Unlike some introductory Home Care agencies, Home Care companies like Alina Homecare are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Our strict performance guidelines, CQC ratings and transparency via our care monitoring app. gives you added peace of mind that our quality is assured.

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Personalised Care

Our personalised care is unique to each person we support. We keep Overnight Care flexible in case circumstances change and always deliver our services with compassion, dignity and respect. Our costs represent great value for money, whilst also reflecting the award winning services we offer.

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Our Overnight Care cost promise

Whether you choose Home Care or support from a Live-in Caregiver, there are promises we make about the services we offer:


We fully explain the cost of our Overnight Care service before you choose to go ahead. Once we meet to discuss your needs, our Team put together a detailed care plan that’s personalised to your loved one. This includes what you can expect from the care we provide and is kept under constant review for as long as you receive care from us to ensure we continue to meet your needs.


Every one of our clients is different, with unique needs, likes and dislikes. From having dinner at the time they’re used to or doing their hair in the style they like, our Carers aim is to fit into your loved one’s existing lifestyle.

Less stressful

Arranging Overnight Care is a big decision, and we’re here to help every step of the way – our mission is to make life easier. Contact your local Alina Homecare Team to ask any questions about the cost of Night Carers for elderly individuals.

Value for money

We believe our Overnight Care is great value for money. We offer excellent quality care personalised to your loved one’s needs. Costs are comparable to, or often less expensive than, residential care or an assisted living facility, especially for couples.


Our Overnight Care promises continuity for your loved ones with minimal disruption to daily routines. Overnight Care is a great way of ensuring you have care in place during night time hours when it’s needed.

Alina Homecare is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and we’re proud winners of the Top 20 UK Home Care Group Award in 2021, 2022 & 2023. We’re extremely proud of the high standards of care we deliver and we’re passionate about making what we call the ‘Alina Difference’ to people’s lives. It’s no wonder why 99.7% of clients say they’re satisfied with our care and support!

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How can I pay for Overnight Care?

Most people want to age comfortably in their own homes and Home Care is often more cost effective than residential care. However, paying for in-home care is still something that needs to be carefully planned for and it’s vital to consider how you’re going to fund care. You can read our guide to learn the basics about funding Home Care, and you may want to seek financial advice from an expert before deciding what’s right for you.

Quick questions

About Overnight Care costs

What’s the cost of Overnight Care?

The cost of Overnight Care depends on various factors. This includes the type of care needed, such as a Sleeping Nights or Waking Nights service, the frequency and the duration of care visits. With Overnight Care or Live-in Care, costs are charged at a fixed rate. To learn more about the cost of Overnight Care, contact your local Team today. Alternatively, you can complete our costs calculator to receive a personalised quote.

Does the cost of Overnight Care vary by location?

Yes, the costs of care will vary depending on where your loved one lives, what type of care is needed and how often. Contact your local Alina Homecare Team to learn more about Overnight Care costs at home.

How can I fund Overnight Care?

Most clients fund their care privately, but you or your loved one may be eligible for a financial assistance from the Government to contribute to the costs. Learn more today by reading our guide to paying for Home Care.

Is Overnight Care right for me?

Is Overnight Care at Home cheaper than a care home?

A lot of the time, Overnight Care at Home is more cost effective than moving to a care home. This is especially the case for couples. However, everyone’s needs are different and we encourage you to make an informed decision about what’s best for your loved one. For instance, if they need specialist medication or equipment, a nursing home or hospice care may be a more suitable option. If in doubt, explore the differences between Home Care and care homes.

How can I arrange Overnight Care?

We’re passionate about making life easier for people who need us, so arranging care involves three simple steps. Call or send us an email to get started. We’ll then arrange a free, no obligation home visit to learn more about your loved one, their needs and share our costs before starting their care. We’ll guide you through the process to keep things as simple and smooth as possible.

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How is Overnight Care monitored?

All our services are fully regulated by the CQC to ensure we provide high quality care. Additionally, we’re proud to have partnered with Birdie, an innovative care technology that enables us to digitally log, track and monitor the support we provide. Our Overnight Carers are guided by the Birdie app. to instantly make notes, record medications and flag concerns during visits so nothing is overlooked. With your loved one’s permission, the Birdie app. allows you to have full visibility at any time about how care is being delivered and your loved one’s wellbeing.

How do you compare to an introductory agency?

Unlike introductory Home Care agencies or private Carers, the services offered by Alina Homecare are regulated and monitored by the CQC, who conduct assessments. Their reports and ratings of all inspected services are available online. Moreover, all our Teams are DBS checked. We also provide exclusive ongoing training through our Alina Homecare Academy to ensure the professional care we deliver is excellent.