Domiciliary Care which is also often referred to as ‘Home Care’ is the practice of providing care and support to an individual in their own home. This form of care is suited to those people who can retain their own independence with some outside assistance from family, friends and/or a professional care provider.
Domiciliary Care Providers offer a broad range of services specific tailored to the tasks which the individual struggles with on their own. All domiciliary care providers will tailor their care plan to the specific needs and requirements of the individual, as each person and their circumstances are different.
These services can range from light care support such as:
- Collection of shopping
- Cleaning and domestic duties
- Cooking meals
To personal care services such as:
- Assisting getting in/out of bed
- Administering of medication
Domiciliary care is not just a service for the elderly, it is open to all age group who require assistant in retaining their independence, for a long or short period; for example an individual that has been discharged from hospital following an illness or accident and requires only light assistant in domestic duties until there are fully recovered.
Home Care is often seen as a great alternative to residential care such as Care Homes and Nursing Homes. It allows the individual to remain in their own home, within their own community and is significantly cheaper than residential care costs.