Operating since 1959, Country Cousins is the longest established introductory live-in care agency in the UK.
What began as ‘Country Cousins and Emergency Mothers’ in the spare room of Josephine McGregor’s house in 1959, has grown from a modest local enterprise into one of the nation’s leading introductory live-in care agencies
Today, we provide self-employed, live-in carers nationwide to more than 500 clients every week, offering compassionate and professional companion care for the elderly, those convalescing in their own home, and disabled adults who need extra support to live independently.
We're always fully focused on providing the best quality homecare services at all times, and stand resolutely by our uncompromising focus on quality.
We promise to:
Allow our clients to retain their dignity and independence by living in their own homes, supported by competent, caring and compatible Cousins for as long as they and their families wish.
Offer clients a good choice and continuity of appropriately skilled Cousins, matching their requirements as closely and as quickly as possible.
Be flexible to our clients’ circumstances, their needs and current home life. Our carers do all they can to make the start of a new era as painless as possible.
Ensure a smooth service through effective and timely administrative processes.
Country Cousins provide clients with viable choices – the choice to remain in their own home; and the choice to continue to live their life in the company of a carefully selected Country Cousin.
Back in 1959 before The Beatles became a band, an enterprising lady called Josephine McGregor decided to start a small business from her house in West Sussex to provide care and assistance for local folk in their own homes.
She was already experienced in caring for people, having served as a Royal Navy Nursing Sister in this country and in France during WW2. So, she borrowed £50 from her husband to pay for an ad in The Lady… and the rest is Country Cousins.
Member of the UKHCA
Country Cousins is a member of the United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA), the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors.
The UKHCA helps organisations that provide social care (also known as domiciliary care or home care), which may include nursing services, to people in their own homes, promoting high standards of care and providing representation with national and regional policy-makers and regulators. The Association represents over 2,000 members across the United Kingdom, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
We adhere to the Association’s Code of Practice; for more information click here.
Member of the Live-in Care Hub
Country cousins is a member of the Live-in Care Hub, a not-for-profit organisation committed to raising the quality of care in the UK by giving people the opportunity to be cared for at home, where they can still feel part of everyday life.
All listed care providers are members of the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and guarantee the very highest standards of care.
For more information click here.
The best cook ever
[our current carer] is the best and most friendly and the best cook that we have ever had and the most modest! We are very grateful for all that you help us with.
Anonymous - client rep, 2020