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• A system of au pairs or ‘Nannies for Grannies’ already common in Italy and the US.

• Care can cost as little as £430 a week for half day flexible care, compared to over £30,000 a year on average for a care home.

• Spending on social care in England has fallen by £770 million since 2010, meaning that 900,000 people in need of care do not receive any formal support (ONS / Age UK).

Like Minders Elderly Care & Companionship, the brainchild of the directors behind one of the UK’s most successful childcare agencies, is now offering ‘nannies for grannies’ to help fill the gap in the market for elderly care across the UK. With childcare far more accessible compared to elderly care, the service aims to offer the same access and flexibility to elderly care that many parents in the UK enjoy for their children.

It comes at a time when Government cuts have all but halted free care for low or non-medial elderly people, and therefore...

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