What is domiciliary care?
Domiciliary care is a type of care provided to people in their own homes. It is also referred to as in-home or at-home care and is usually provided by professional care workers.
Over 950,000 individuals every year receive care in the UK.
This type of care benefits elderly, disabled, or chronically ill people who may not be able to care for themselves. It is also an excellent option for people who want to maintain their independence but need extra help with daily tasks. Domiciliary care can include assistance with personal care, meal preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and medication reminders.
Domiciliary care differs from residential care in that it is provided in the comfort of the person’s home; this can be beneficial for people who want to remain in their own homes but need extra support. It can also be helpful for family members unable to provide the level of care their loved one needs.
At-home care can help keep people out of the hospital or residential care; this is perfect for people who may not be able to cope in a residential care setting. Providing care in their home can help them stay in their familiar surroundings and avoid the disruption of moving to a care home.
It can also help to reduce the strain on family members. Providing extra support can reduce the burden on family members struggling to care for their loved one.
Domiciliary care can help to improve the quality of life. Extra support can help people stay active and involved in their community, boosting their mental and physical well-being.
Finally, domiciliary care can help to reduce the risk of falls and other accidents; it allows them to stay safe in their homes.
Assessing the needs of a loved one for domiciliary care
When assessing the needs of a loved one for at-home care, it is essential to consider their individual needs. We advise considering their physical and mental health and ability to carry out everyday activities such as personal care, meal preparation, and housekeeping.
Think about the level of support they need. For example, some people may only need occasional help with tasks such as shopping or laundry, while others may need more intensive support with personal care or medication.
And lastly, consider their preferences. For example, some people may prefer to receive care from a family member, while others may choose to receive care from a professional care worker.
Assessing the cost of
The cost of domiciliary care can vary depending on the type of services provided and the level of support needed.
The local council may cover the cost of domiciliary care. Consider the amount of time needed for each service; this can help to determine the cost of domiciliary care and ensure that the services are tailored to the individual’s needs.
At A1 Care, we provide a free assessment to help determine your loved one’s needs and the cost.
How to choose the right domiciliary care provider
Here are our top tips for choosing the right provider:
- Consider the services they offer
- Consider the qualifications and experience of the care workers
- Ensure the care workers are fully trained
- Consider the reputation of the care provider: are they trustworthy and reliable?
Preparing for the transition to domiciliary care
When preparing for the transition to care, ensure your loved one has information about the care provider, the care workers, and the services provided. It is also important to ensure that the person receiving care has all the necessary equipment and supplies, including mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, and crutches, as well as personal care items such as shower chairs and toilet aids. The care provider must have a copy of the care plan.
It can be daunting handing over the care of your loved one to a professional, but at A1 Care, we endeavour to make it as seamless as possible.
Our carers are highly trained, with constant refresher courses. We have one of the top in-house training systems in the country to ensure your loved one receives the best.
Our carers take time to get to know your loved ones on a personal level; they want to be the companion they deserve and someone they look forward to seeing.